13 Songs, 52 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The first album by pop maestro Ryan Tedder’s band puts his talent for writing hooky anthems on full display. The sweeping, Timbaland-endorsed “Apologize” nurses its hurts proudly, with a soaring chorus that digs down into the lyrics’ pain. Other tracks hint at Tedder’s fluency with pop styles and a widescreen view of the world: The simmering tension of “Goodbye, Apathy” throbs beneath a growing agitation that’s both personal and political, while the stripped-down “Come Home” couches its romantic plea in a broader request for openness and love.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The first album by pop maestro Ryan Tedder’s band puts his talent for writing hooky anthems on full display. The sweeping, Timbaland-endorsed “Apologize” nurses its hurts proudly, with a soaring chorus that digs down into the lyrics’ pain. Other tracks hint at Tedder’s fluency with pop styles and a widescreen view of the world: The simmering tension of “Goodbye, Apathy” throbs beneath a growing agitation that’s both personal and political, while the stripped-down “Come Home” couches its romantic plea in a broader request for openness and love.

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