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OneRepublic’s “Oh My My”: A Unique Step

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OneRepublic’s “Oh My My”: A Unique Step

Spencer Sortman, Reporter

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In their most diverse sounding album, OneRepublic offers a new taste for fans who seek varied types of music while also providing the same familiar tunes that made the band popular. While the variety gives the album a fresh sound, it can sometimes be overwhelming for a group not known for new looks on their music.

OneRepublic is the American pop rock band created in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The current members consist of guitarist Drew Brown, bassist and cellist Brent Kutzle, drummer Eddie Fisher, and lead vocalist Ryan Tedder. The band has had a lot of success in the past years, specifically with the band’s third album, Native which was released in 2013. The album’s third single, “Counting Stars” was one of the band’s most successful singles receiving top five placements in Canada, Australia, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, the U.S. and the UK.

Oh My My is OneRepublic’s fourth album, released on Oct. 7. It creates a feeling of diversity in its numerous styles of music and creative soundtracks starting with “Let’s Hurt Tonight.” The song builds as it progresses, which reflects the usual style of the band. The song is perfect because it introduces the album with the familiar sound that fans are used to.

Another solid song is “A.I.” which has a distinct techno beat and tone. Singer Peter Gabriel was a feature in the song and added a good voice mix to an already solid song. The electronic theme matches the title “A.I” (Artificial Intelligence). The song is one of several that add a different style of music to the album.

The band teams up with Cassius for the title track which has a groovy beat with a rolling bass. OneRepublic is generally not known for electronic music but there is a surprising amount of it in the album.

The album ends with “Heaven.” It’s a feel-good song that is a great wrap up to a collection of songs that bring variety to the band. Just as the album was started by a familiar tune, it is ended by the same familiarity.

Overall the album is a fresh mix compared to the usual pop and rock style the band is known for. It still has aspects of the same tone to keep fans satisfied but the album works well with electronic and darker music blended in.

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Spencer Sortman, Reporter

Spencer Sortman is a junior and a first year staff member. He plays tennis and is a co-captain of the varsity team this year, playing at number two singles....

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