the Buzz for August 8th, 2011


OneRepublic — “Good Life” (from Waking Up) — Good Life - Waking Up (Deluxe Version)

It rather boggles my mind that these guys aren’t considered cool by the current musical cognoscenti, most of whom likely wouldn’t know real cool if it tried to strangle them where they stand. It is my measured opinion that Ryan Tedder, this band’s fabulously fearless leader, is a mad, raging genius, and I’ll take these guys in place of those overblown gatecrashers Arcade Fire any day of the week. (Plus: isn’t there something strangely heartening about the fact that, some two years after this band’s sophomore disc was released and immediately written off for dead after it failed to instantly light the sales charts on fire, the album is still throwing off slow-burning radio hits right, left, and center? Proof positive that it ain’t where you start, it’s where ya finish.)