Ok, i just the got the leak of this album and i gave it a few listens and it turned out to be a much matured work from OneRepublic. They kept experimenting some new genre of pop music and yet again proved that pop music is not only about the autotunes and stuff. So lets wrap up this review of "Native" quickly.
"Counting Stars" - Quoting about all the things that a love crumbled boy dream to be, this love split up song starts with a few guitar riffs and Tedder accompanying with his own version of phrasing. But this is a pretty normal way to kick off the album as the beat sounds regular. But a bold set of parts in the track may just convince the listener.
"If I Lose Myself" - "If i lose myself tonight it'l be by your side" up comes my favourite track of the album and this is a much much better work from OneRepublic, although they included a few new autotunes to the track which they rarely experimented before, sounded magnificently. The skillful lyrics which were expected were exactly penned brilliantly. The small lil humming parts from Tedder were exceptional along with the chorus.
"Feel Again" - This is the lead single from the album and they've never let down the two year wait. The swaying percussion filled up track exactly brings up the gospel environment to the album which was the main motto of the band as stated in their previous interviews.
"What You Wanted" - And the 3rd single which was released a few days earlier which lights up the mellow shade of the album. Tedder sings "I'll find the places where you hide
, I'll be the dawn on your worst night" which truly potrays al the feelings and the spirits of the boy to a girl. This was beautifully maintained till the end with a sonic feel which is needed.
"I Lived" - Ok this didnt made a great impact to me. The subtle music accompained with the punching beats which is naturally expected. This sounded the same and somewhat in an expressive way. There's a lot of telling in this track which could be better when the sound is communicated perfectly.
"Light Up" - A complete different genre here, some old school brought up and i really appreciate it. A blazzing ballad with a furious rock guitar and a ace coda. I gotta give the full credits to the end-up which was new and fresh when compared.
"Au Revoir" - The most endearing and a amiable melody supported by the piano and the violin was melodious. The softly percolating sound with a oscillating atmosphere was astounding.
"Burning Bridges" - The percussions which really sounded like their previous hit "Good Life" was a bit ordinary but not the song. Much has been made by the hand clapping and the gospel rhythm. The high pitch vocals delivered by Tedder was the best part.
"Something I Need" - The chorus and the supporting parts were pretty much the same. This brings up a anthem kinda sonic feel which we heard a lot in the previous years.
"Preacher" - Preacher as the title said this has something preaching around with its expressive way of sound. The words which are penned were completely superior, this will definitely wake you up from a subtle feel of the previous track.
"Something Gotta Give" - This is a different attempt and the tendency of trying something new was completely noticeable. The piano and the percussions were constant and the towing autotunes were a bit annoyable.
"Life In Color" - Ths start up was luminous but on the roll this striked me some previous tunes which i dont remember. There's lots of instrumentals banging up our head which can be reduced a bit and the end up was abit unordinary and more sudden (maybe something went wrong in my preview copy)
Final Verdict: OneRepublic is a band which more concentrates on their work other than their fame which therfore can be seen when they come out with this kinda experiments. Some tracks were definitely long remembered but a few may not. This is a album that sways our heart away with its musical vividness and radiance. I recommend this for all the pop lovers out there.
Top Tracks: If I Lose Myself, Feel Again, What You Wanted, Au Revoir, Burning Bridges & Preacher
PS: Acoustic versions and instrumentals were not included in this review.
My Rating - 3.5/5
-By Surya Komal aka KM