Single Review: OneRepublic – ‘Kids’

Published On September 1, 2016 | By Daniel Patrin | Music, Singles & EP's

American pop-rock quintet OneRepublic return after a two-year gap since their last record with a lovely new single – showcasing the product of emotion, and welcoming scorching, full-bodied popcraft. Kids is a wonderful visit of contemporary sun-pop tidings, displaying facilities both playful and contemplative.

OneRepublic - KidsRyan Tedder’s notable vocal depth is endorsed by just enough plumed instrumentation, gaining a mastery and tonal control not previously heard from the band. The American pop group stick to a clear vision in the sounds explored throughout Kids. The vocals aren’t as withdrawn and musically secluded as the band’s previous output – instead, it filters through humble and confident etchings of vibrant futuristic elements. The drums serve as a frisky reminder of an eighties chart-topping monster, shovelling memorable pluckings of sunny, and harmonious presence. While the electronica tints extend a lending appeal to light guitar whispers – it’s Tedder’s throwback messages contained in the lyrics that expel the track’s overall classy merit. “Back when we were kids, swore that we would never die”, Tedder sings with sincerity. It’s this that shapes the track into a nostalgic beauty with snapping embellishment, a positive impulse and nurtured sensations. Nodding to a stadium rock aura by simultaneously sprinkling the structure with an EDM warmth, the track breathes with an offhand flow and rolling pleasure.

Perhaps it’s the ability for the band to participate in a certain musical refinement and infectious confidence that adds to the energetic and jovial dustings of charmed meaning. OneRepublic executes this well with Kids, tincturing with pop elegance and a loving, attuned labour. Severe global radio play is imminent.

4 / 5 stars     

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