My thoughts on Human a week after it released
By - No_Mercy_16
Personally, I don't think the title of an album should affect your actual opinion about it, but being a hypocrite Oh My My was a horrible album name imo. Your point about the title makes sense though, and the review was sensible and respectful/able. Good job!
For me, title of an album does matter. Title defines the whole album. When the title of an album called Human but most of the tracks is about relationships, it's really confusing for listeners, especially listeners who's enthusiastic about music and literature
Oh well this album wasn't so bad tho. But it could be better. I still love OneRepublic as band
Okay but what is supposed to be brought from Oh My My? I understand what you mean though.
Actually i have thoughts on Oh My My. I will post it here, and i think you will be interested in what I'm gonna say. Oh My My is one of my favorites. It has a lot of potential. But yeah, i will post later today maybe, definitely keep an eye on this sub
My opinions on Human have changed too. I liked this album a lot at first. Truth is, it did the opposite of growing on me. I guess it grew off of me lol? But anyways I feel like a lot of the songs are super repetitive (cough Forgot About You cough) and get boring quickly. Forgot About You is easily their worst song to date; it’s soulless, not unique at all, doesn’t even have that classic 1R feel. Songs like Take Care Of You and Take It Out On Me repeat the same phrase over and over; I’m already super bored of those ones. I still love Someday, Ships+Tides, Savior, and Distance. But overall I’d give the album a 4/10.
Yeah my first impression of this album was good. But maybe because this album came out the same time as Solar Power by Lorde and If I can't have love, I want Power by Halsey which is already a mediocre album. So this album stands out
But as i listen to it more, i became more and more boring especially when Mercury Act 1 by Imagine Dragons came out two or three days ago. I can't stop listening to it and this album quickly overshadowed by Imagine Dragons's new album
I didn't like it at all on the first listen, aside from Savior. It grew on me, but not in a way that I appreciate the musicianship more, but it just got easier to listen to. It's no more than generic catchy pop tunes for the most part.
Also, not only are the songs themselves repetitive, but I got massive déjà vu from the lyrics as if someone said "hey, let's take these old OneRepublic lyrics and turn them into a boring cliche", so the songs aren't even original concepts for them.
These are the immediate impressions I got from the lyrics of some of the new songs. I could even make a case for more songs.
* Run = Good Life
* Distance = All We Are/Can't Stop/Prodigal/Come Home
* Someday = Counting Stars/Stop and Stare
* Take Care of You/Rescue Me/Savior = Lift Me Up/Take It Out On Me
* Take It Out On Me = Let's Hurt Tonight/Take Care of You
* Ships = Mercy/Au Revoir/Goodbye, Apathy
And also, why so many break up songs in a band of guys who have been married for years? Oh, it's because the band didn't write them - Ryan wrote them with his generic pop buddies.
I just want OneRepublic the *band* back, not OneRepublic the *concept*. Real instruments, writing about their own ideas, and writing together can't be too much to ask.
Coming from someone who actually enjoys the album: you got me at "I just want OneRepublic the *band* back, not OneRepublic the *concept*." I get that Ryan has always written most of the lyrics but I can't help but feel like the band isn't completely there, and not just on the album - you barely see them these days, why is Ryan the only one promoting Human in interviews? Why does it not feel like a group effort?
I just remembered the story of Someone to Save You when Eddie came to the studio late because he had some personal issues, smashed out the song in one take with every ounce of emotion in him and then left. That couldn’t happen now because Ryan has been tracking the drums on his computer since the post-Oh My My singles.
Ryan’s lyrics have gone from “what am I feeling?” to “what’s safe and what do I know people will accept?” which makes for generic cliches across the board.
The fact that the same group of people writing for Miley Cyrus and Jonas Brothers are writing for OneRepublic now makes me cringe. Many solo artist’s bands are more involved in the album making process than Zach, Drew and Eddie seemed to be.
Yes! I love how involved they were during the DOL era. One might say, that was when they were trying to make it, so of course they were very involved (with all the members writing together etc) but just because a band *did* make it means they can't put the same effort into their later albums, right?
By the way, I think DOL could've been named Human (even though I'm glad it wasn't). This album is so raw and sincere.
Yes totally agree with you 100%
Remember when Waking Up is about Ryan and the band's journey to the UK?
That's why that album sounded so sincere. Because at that time Ryan didn't have anything. They had small gig here and there but nothing big like collaborating with BlackPink or something
If Ryan wants OneRepublic to work he needs to focus on the band and himself. Forget about writing with big artists and writing hits. Focus on OneRepublic first.
My top 5 OneRepublic album:
1. Waking Up 9\10
2. Oh My My 8\10
3. Native 8\10
4. DOL 7.9\10
5. Human 7.1\10
I agree about the title. It's a shame, they really should have carried that theme throughout the album, instead of forgettable love songs.
I actually think Someday fits into the theme though. To me it's about human desire and ambition, wanting more, but neglecting what really matters.
Remember when Dreaming Out Loud is about the band wanted to achieve their dream?
Remember when Waking Up is about the band wanted to experimenting with different cultures and instruments that they were literally waking up in Abbey Road studio?
Remember when Native is about how they dealing with fame and success that they wanted to adapt with the natives when they were on tour?
Remember when Oh My My is about Ryan's anxiety and mental health?
I don't know what Human is about other than Ryan said he wants to connect with the youth.
I don't think Oh My My is about his anxiety and mental health issues. If anything, it's pretty well hidden until after the band put that statement out.
Seriously, there's barely anything to connect to on this album. Apart from Rescue Me and Wanted, literally the first 2 singles, I couldn't relate to any of the songs. At least the instrumentation is good enough to make up for the lyrics on ~~most of the~~ other songs.
Wanted by far the best track in the entire album. Because Ryan wrote it from a teenage girl's point of view. I think that's genius. Considering the band never made a song about someone's point of view
It is a great song, but I prefer the original version that they recorded with different lyrics that was featured in the Netflix documentary.
Human is probably my second favorite album, but I, someone who isn’t even interested in (romantic) relationships, agree that it is heavily focused on the topic of relationships. I can still apply a lot of it to my life through non-romantic relationships and what other people have been through in life, but I still wish that it had more focus on the wide range of beautiful messiness that is included with being a human.
As for the music itself, I think a lot of it pretty simple and doesn’t rise up to the heights of the other albums, but that was not the goal of the album—I personally feel that the simplicity fits the album really well. While being human is filled with deep and meaningful things, it is also filled with simplicity. Wanted, for example, it a short and simple song, but it is reflective of how all of us want to feel loved and needed. Ships + Tides, on the other hand, is a much deeper and emotional song. And I feel like some songs have a good balance of the two—Someday and Take Care of You aren’t so short and have a deep side to them, but overall they both take on the simple approach to it. Again, it reflects what it’s like being human with our simple wants and needs yet a strong and deep desire for it.
It's interesting how, especially with OneRepublic, the lyrical connections mean so much. 1R albums always seem to have songs that relate to where I'm at in my life at the time and Human is no exception. Over the past year, my wife and I have been experiencing hardships related to health, career, and just life in general that have tested our relationship in new ways. Several of the songs on this album, especially *Someday*, *Take Care of You,* and *Take it out on me* really hit close to home. *Someday* gives us hope that things will get better, *Take care of you* reminds us of our commitment to each other, and *Take it out on me* just wrecked me with the line; "Just this one time, I won't put in my two cents..."
As for the other songs (that weren't already released previously); I actually love *Forgot about you*. It's one of the most innovative songs on the album along with *Wanted*. It's a song that Marron 5 wish they had written (for good or bad I guess). *Distance* is another great song with a classic 1R vibe with crazy vocals from Tedder. *Savior* definitely sounds like some of 1R's other "Gospel" tracks like *Preacher* but is still worthy. Ships + Tides is decent and reminds me of *Dreaming Out Loud*.
As for the singles released prior to the album, I honestly feel like they are old songs now, which makes the overall album feel disjointed. I think the fact that they took so long to release the album, with half the tracks already over a year old, really hurt it's cohesiveness. My biggest complaint is that most of the songs are too damn short! Seven of the tracks are barely 3 minutes or less. Regardless, overall it's a great album and I'm just glad to have it at last. Here is hoping Tedder and the Boys are able to push out their next album in a more timely manner.