I have personally been waiting for this album for SO. VERY. LONG. I am a huge fan of OneRepublic and of Ryan Tedder in particular because of his laundry list of songwriter credits. This man has written for nearly every person in the pop world but that is a post for another day. Oh My My is OneRepublic’s fourth studio album following their third album Native that was released in 2013. I was a HUGE fan of Native both sonically and lyrically so I had very high hopes going into this new album. True to OneRepublic’s standard, Oh My My sounds insanely different from anything they have ever done before.
This album actually released it’s first single back in May with “Wherever I Go” which I totally forgot about until I listened to this album in it’s entirety. The next single was “Kids” which released in August which I also loved. Sonically Oh My My leans a little more alternative than previous OneRepublic albums. It’s hard to describe, but to me it just sounds BIGGER. More instruments, more overlays, more vocals, just more. If you’re into guitar’s, this album is for you my friend.
If I’m totally honest, it took me a solid four listens to totally get on board for this album. Partially because I was so in love with Native and partially because as a human being I am very hesitant to change and this album is a CHANGE for OneRepublic. Not a change lyrically, but a change sonically. Lyrically 1R has always been pretty consistent. Consistent meaning fantastic and the main reason why I fell in love with them in the first place. But sonically this one leans more toward instruments and less on the electronics found within a computer. As an example, the choir that sings on “Choke” is so beautiful that I literally cried when I first listened to it.
Overall I would give Oh My My a solid 3.5 out of 5. It will definitely be on rotation for me throughout the fall and I can’t wait to fall in love with individual songs as I continue to listen through.
Songs to dance to: Oh My My, A.I., Human, Lift Me Up
Songs to cry to: Choke, Let’s Hurt Tonight, Born
Album favorites: Let’s Hurt Tonight, Kids, Choke, Wherever I Go, Heaven