The Bottom Line
In reality, this is significantly more a OneRepublic record remixed by Timbaland than it is Timba's own as an artist. However, his attached name is huge now, and it will guaranteed big exposure for OneRepublic in advance of their upcoming album. However, don't let marketing shenanigans turn you away from this gorgeous pop record.
Listen (Click on "Apologize" Remix)
- Soaring vocals from OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder
- Spacious, elegant production from Timbaland
- Resonant melody line
- No obvious problems here
- Expansive production textures from Timbaland
- Tasteful piano and strings support
- Ryan Tedder's big vocals
Guide Review - Timbaland featuring OneRepublic - Apologize
This is the debut single from the group OneRepublic, a MySpace favorite signed to Timbaland's Mosley Music Group. The song, however, has Timbaland's name attached to it...as artist. This gently remixed version of the song "Apologize" by Los Angeles based band OneRepublic appeared on Timbaland's Shock Value album. Following on the heels of the #1 pop smash "The Way I Are," the Timbaland name will instantly draw pop radio and fans to the sound of OneRepublic.
Despite the marketing tactics involved in the listing of credits, don't let it deter you from falling in love with one of the most beautiful mainstream pop songs of the year. Timbaland contributes an airy, echoey sound that will bring to mind Nelly Furtado's smash hit "Say It Right." It elegantly underscores the soaring vocals from OneRepublic's leader Ryan Tedder.
Lyrically, the song is a rather melancholy one, but the melody irresistibly draws you in, and you are likely to find yourself singing along. When OneRepublic's new album does appear later this fall, we will be listening.