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Waking Up

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Waking Up

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We gave it a B-

In the two years since this Colorado band struck Top 40 gold with ”Apologize,” frontman Ryan Tedder has become one of pop’s most in-demand producers, helming hits for the likes of BeyoncĂ©, Leona Lewis, and Kelly Clarkson. OneRepublic’s sophomore disc, Waking Up, reflects that studio experience with loads of sleek synth licks and juicy percussion tricks; it’s much more flavorful than the band’s Fray-like debut. Still, though he can certainly carry a tune, Tedder rarely musters the kind of vocal character that turns a good song into a great one, let alone an entire album. He’s a strong man in need of a stronger woman. B-

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