As bad as OneRepublic can be, trust me, there are FAR worse acts out there. Pop radio today is such that bands like OneRepublic and Twenty One Pilots are actually considered GOOD bands. Up til the last album of theirs, I'd happily listen to a OneRepublic song above any of the other dredge on the radio. Also, lots of bands are nominated for kids awards, even Coldplay in their heyday. Doesn't cheapen the music, it's just another award show like the Grammy's.
Tedder has worked with artists like Adele, Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, and Taylor Swift. We might not like any of those artists, but they are considered some of the best artists in music today. In the case of those first 3, justifiably so because they are good singers.
This is not like U2 working with, say, Justin Bieber or heck, even Ed Sheeran (who, while being talented, I don't think deserves to work with U2 just yet). They're working with a guy who has a crazy amount of experience and respect in the industry. Again, I am not a fan of his but as a amateur musician, I get why he's respected and why certain artists are HUGE today. That's why I'm not panicking about him working with U2. It could end up being good. He did a decent enough job with SoI, which makes me optimistic that he and Lillywhite can do an even better job on SoE.
This makes some sense to me. If they were chasing truly Top 40 relevance or something "with the kids", we would've heard the Black Eyed Peas and Timbaland collaborations by now.
wish they would have the mentality they had at the 3:40 mark
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Is this the go-to quote nowadays whenever we don't like the producer? Truth be told, Mysterious Ways wasn't exactly screaming Passengers-or-Cedars of Lebanon ambiance either... but that's not a song with pop leanings at all, right? Neither was WOWY, I guess. Or Desire. Or One...
As So Cruel already said, U2 are a rock band! Why should we care that OneRepublic is considered a good band? Why can't U2 work with a member of an undeniably great band? This all screams cheap to me. Nothing about this comes across as genuine. U2 are taking the easy-route in total desperation.
Because no one on here will ever agree to what a truly "great" band is. When Danger Mouse was announced as being a producer here, there were also a few skeptics who asked if his style would ever come close to fitting U2's. Then when they heard Sleep Like a Baby Tonight, he all of a sudden had cred and his supposed early versions of SOI songs reached "early NLOTH tracks" mythic levels.
Then if U2 was truly a "rock" band, people on here would be saying the songs suck because they're trying to redo Vertigo or Elevation Part 2, or whatever guitar-based song doesn't sound "experimental" at the moment. On top of that, I'm not even sure if Tedder's style is actually that far removed from this band's. Both acts rely on the I–V–vi–IV chords for a lot of their songs, both have had various pop-rock leanings in general in their past works, etc. But all in all, it's impossible for him to make everyone happy in a fan base if some of them are expecting the band to only record their version of In Rainbows each time they don't take too long on an album or work with so-and-so, but yeah.
If he were the only one making decisions on this album, I could see some of the concern on the fit. But again, it seems like there's going to be a few producers here, so it'll more or less be what it was on the past few albums anyway.