OneRepublic drops Native. What better way to celebrate?
Click here for the music video of If I Lose Myself.
The self-dubbed 'no respecter of genre' band OneRepublic has just released their new album, Native, a few days ago. The album, which was actually supposed to be dropped last November 2012, was eventually delayed and this caused a further release date to March 2013. However, this does not stop hardcore and very influential fans to stop loving their favourite band.
The follow-up single of the highly commercially successful hit, Feel Again, this further proves to be that with everything that has come before, OneRepublic strikes back every single time.
Back in 2009, All The Right Moves and Secrets carried on the heavyweight chart success, but Good Life eventually toppled that and even ended up peaking at number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100. This time however, things have become rather dim, with Feel Again their 2nd official single with a worse chart position than their other singles, peaking at number 36. If I Lose Myself has just dropped out, but still managed to reach 74. Let us all not forget the unforgetting hit with Timbaland, Apologize which managed to reach number 2. The highest peak was achievable despite the promotions, it just seemed not enough to push it too far.
How did Native do? Too me, it was a hybrid of contemporary pop and simple rock, coupled with excessive genius lyric-writing eventually churns out an impressive yet steady album that proves that OneRepublic is still one of the best in the business. No matter what, they can handle any genre, proving speculations of anything else doubtful and keeps Ryan Tedder's hits flow through everyone's hearts.
Back to the song, If I Lose Myself was a rather drop of vibe to their previous hit Feel Again. The predecessor, focusing much more on the pop sound than to If I Lose Myself's real sounding vibe, they are two completely different songs and are both equally great. However, flaws can be heard and surfaced everytime a quick pause and reflection is done. For one, If I Lose Myself started off slow, the pacing irregular and while this is so, most of OneRepublic's songs focuses on the fact that it is a heavy-drummed and solid extensive vocals from Ryan that makes the song sound unique and genuine. This could also be the reasons for the song's slow departure to even hit 50 on the Billboard charts, even on Airplay.
If I lose myself tonight, it will be by your side. If I lose myself tonight, it will be you and I. - Ryan Tedder
However, this is a solid tradition for OneRepublic. If I could, I would definitely rank them higher based upon old scores mashed with the new ones. (Probably even higher than Maroon 5, who are in a desperate need of fixation of tune and lyrics). Though that said, If I Lose Myself had one of the best bridges to a song and the chorus, eventually the end-chorus sound together with the chants. This makes for fine listening on any desperate day and it lifts your spirits. Thought you can't compare old hits, Ryan needs a big tad of improvement and has done it in the form of an album.
ORIGINALITY: 9/10 - OneRepublic's inspiration and motivation keeps hard work going strong. If I Lose Myself is an original genuine hit.
SOUND: 9/10 - The best parts are the lyrics and the bridge. What next? Ryan's collective lyrics.
LYRICS: 8/10 - I would rate it higher, but we know Ryan's songwriting collection is higher than that, even clocking at 40 top 10 singles on the Billboard through songwriting work with other artists. This is very impressive.
OVERALL: 26/30 - Removing all the necessary small pointers in my review, If I Lose Myself is an astounding, slow-paced and bass pounding hit. Ryan's voice sings true to the lyrics and the sound is magnificently built. I'll be playing it for days, and see you soon.
Benny Ong: Just your regular guy who likes soccer more than most people, and also a little downtime is pretty nice.