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98 of 102 people found the following review helpful
on July 11, 2014
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This is a great album, first one I ever purchased by OneRepublic. The 2014 CD re-issue includes "Love Runs Out," the single that prompted me to give this CD a full listen and eventually purchase. The rest of the album also enjoyable and I highly recommend.

Here is the tracklist of this US re-release:

1. "Counting Stars"
2. "Love Runs Out"
3. "If I Lose Myself"
4. "Feel Again"
5. "What You Wanted"
6. "I Lived"
7. "Light It Up"
8. "Can't Stop"
9. "Au Revoir"
10. "Burning Bridges"
11. "Something I Need"
12. "Preacher"
13. "Don't Look Down"
14. "Life in Color"
15. "If I Lose Myself" (Alesso vs. OneRepublic)
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93 of 99 people found the following review helpful
on March 26, 2013
Format: Audio CD
In OneRepublic's latest album, "Native" brings a fresh new sound to the group's already impressive resume of music. Overall, the album is quite a bit more upbeat than the previous two. I absolutely loved the first two albums, and this one adds to that love. While Dreaming Out Loud and Waking Up both had a few slower, almost melancholy songs, "Native" seems to have a happier feel to it. Even the slower songs on the album seem quite a bit more "full".

The album starts off with a simple intro in "Counting Stars" that bursts into what has become probably my most favorite song on the album. Right away it's apparent that OneRepublic has decided to experiment a little with their iconic sound this time.

As the album moves on to "If I Lose Myself" and "Feel Again" (The album's leading singles), the energy stays constant. "If I Lose Myself" has an almost club-like feel to it, while "Feel Again" sounds very much like the traditional OneRepublic sound.

"What You Wanted" is a continuation of that iconic sound, followed by "I Lived". This song has an easy-going simple feel to it. I really like this song, as it has a wonderful message. The song is about making sure that you make the most of life and not let it pass you by. One line in the chorus line sums it up by stating: "With every broken bone, I swear I lived."

The album then moves in to "Light it Up". This song seems to be another experiment. It's a pretty catchy, new sound for OneRepublic. "Can't Stop" follows, also being a little different. This song is also incredibly catchy. I think the reason for that is the drum beat.

The album slows down here a bit, with "Au Revoir" and "Burning Bridges". The first brings in the cello sound that I love and had up until now been absent in the album. The later starts slower, but picks up into a traditional One Republic feel.

"Something I Need" is a great song that starts out acoustic and builds. I like the line in the chorus here that states: "If we only die once, I wanna die with you." I really like the song that follows, "Preacher". It's hard to describe why I like it. I think that it's mostly because it's just an easy going song with a catchy beat. "Don't Look Down" was kind of a disappointment, but an understandable ending to the album, as it's just a nice outro.

I got this album as a deluxe edition, so I don't know that the last songs are included in the regular version. "Something's Gotta Give" comes next. Admittedly, this is one of my less favorite songs in the album, as I just couldn't get into it. However, "Native" ends strong with "Life in Color". This song is so upbeat. And really is a kaleidoscope of sound. As I listen to this song, I can easily envision the colors that OneRepublic's music creates. It is a great end to a great album.

Overall, I love this album. I have enjoyed the previous two albums, and this one didn't disappoint. The only think I wish OneRepublic would have done would be to incorporate the cello sound more into the songs. I absolutely love their use of the cello, and I missed it in their newest album. That being said, it is still a wonderful album that is sure to captivate both the long-time fan and the newcomer alike.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on October 18, 2013
Format: Audio CD
At first listen the songs kind of floated by, but as we go through life, we find meaning in songs that we didn't think we ever would. "Feel Again" stood out right away, but other songs like "Counting Stars" and "Preacher" I came to love. Great CD!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on May 31, 2014
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I really liked their first album and a few songs on the second, but when did the lead learn to sing like this!? There was nothing to prepare me for this album. It came out of nowhere, the great sound is there, a little more upbeat, and man can this guy sing! It is so good, there is no way they can top this album!
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
TOP 1000 REVIEWERon March 26, 2013
Format: Audio CD
"Native" is OneRepublic's third album and I must say, it's a lot better than I expected it to be. The bouncy shimmery "Counting Stars" opens the album, followed by lead single "If I lose myself" which reminds one initially of their mega hit "Apologize" before picking up a bouncy beat.

"Light It Up" is a gritty rocker with an anthemic chant and Ryan Tedder singing in a disembodied falsetto. "Can't Stop" is a ballad with crashing beats which reminds you that Tedder penned smashes for Leona Lewis, Adele and Beyoncé. In fact, the tender piano ballad "Au Revoir" wouldn't sound out of place on an Adele album.

Tedder gets to soar vocally on "Burning Bridges", while the biographical ballad "Preacher" finds him reminiscing about his Pastor grandfather. Closing is the brief swirling "Don't Look Down" with choral flourishes. Rather good.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on August 22, 2013
Format: MP3 Music
I like their sound - which was consistent throughout the album.
Some great tunes for speeding up my walking too.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on October 25, 2013
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I purchased this album when their only single off of it was "Feel Again". After listening to the rest of the album I was very impressed. I have only been a fan of a few of their songs in the past. Some of my new favorites are "If I lose Myself" "Something I Need" and "Preacher". Now officially a fan!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on October 27, 2013
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I love this album from the writing, music and the meaning it has to me. The many different songs combine to make a very interesting, smart and multifaceted album. A new favorote as soon as I bought it. Great job OneRepublic :)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 22, 2013
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The entire album is fantastic and every song is catchy and will have you humming the tunes all day long!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 18, 2014
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This CD exceeded my expectations. I wasn't familiar with the group until I heard "When Love Runs Out", which is awesome! I tracked down the artist and did a little research. I had heard "Counting Stars", which I also liked, so I decided to purchase it, hoping the rest of the songs would be good, too. I wasn't disappointed. One of my other favorites on this CD is "Preacher". It's been a long time since I enjoyed an entire CD as much as this one!
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