UPDATE: I’ve done more One Republic posts, which you can see by visiting my One Republic archive. You should also go buy yourself some OneRepublic t-shirts! The new album, “DREAMING OUT LOUD” will go on sale on November 20.
While visiting California last week, my friend Anthony introduced me to the music of One Republic. He’s friends with the guys in the band, and he’d been telling me about them for well over a year, but I never listened to them until just a few days ago.
It’s very rare when a first listen to a song grabs my attention and refuses to let go, but One Republic’s “Mercy” did just that. Not only do they play the style of music that I love to listen to the most (in the vein of Coldplay, U2, Muse, etc), but there’s just something tangible about the band that hooks you, something that you can’t quite put your finger on but know you enjoy nonetheless.
“Spirituality” is something that has become just another buzzword to help market and sell music. There’s a reason for that, obviously: people are looking for something a little deeper, a little more “real” than the typical stuff that’s on the radio these days, and so the music industry has shifted and compensated for that by finding acts that have a spiritual bent to them. I’m not going to talk about a lot of these bands, but I can tell you that One Republic is the real deal. The music in this band runs a lot deeper than just a glance at the surface, and I think that’s why I’m enjoying them so much.
Check em’ out — you’ll love it.