by Sofia Fernandez
As an avid fan of their previous album, Native, OneRepublic’s fourth studio album Oh My My fell short of my expectations. Don’t get me wrong; it’s not a bad album. It still has that feel-good, nostalgic vibe, which is a sound we all know and love from OneRepublic. However, this album had a serious problem with defining the band’s identity. It seems as though they did not really know what story, mood, and/or feeling they wanted to convey, so they just decided to do a little bit of everything, which led me to find myself bored listening. The album did not move me in any way.
The first track of the album, “Let’s Hurt Tonight,” has a clear Native influence, so it’s no surprise to me that it is one of my favorite songs of the album. The biggest chunk of songs in this album have a very positive, pop sound, which is almost generic, but then songs like “Choke” and “Fingertips,” which slow down the pace of the album, are very awkwardly placed. Both of these songs are preceded and then followed up by upbeat pop songs.
Oh My My is definitely not the best work by OneRepublic, but it is good enough to put on as background music for any occasion.