Dreaming Out Loud

Common Sense Media says

Emotional songs about heartbreak and hope.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

A lot of wallowing; the big-picture message is that of using artistic self-expression to deal with tough circumstances.


A few very veiled metaphors of the "like sabotage, I'm pulling the triggers back on myself" and "crippled bird" variety -- nothing obvious or too dark.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that OneRepublic features heart-wrenching lyrics and vocal performances backed by strong instrumental tracks, providing a perfect musical fix for self-involved teens trying to figure out relationships and how to fit into the world. Kids might know of the band because of Timbaland's popular remake of "Apologize."

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Kids say

What's the story?

Rich, textured instrumentals supporting Ryan Tedder's poignant and powerful lead vocals set the tone for a soundtrack to sensitive teens' real lives on OneRepublic's DREAMING OUT LOUD.

Is it any good?


Heavy use of metaphor and melancholy make Dreaming Out Loud a fine choice for bright, self-serious teens who write their own poetry and make their own music -- or anyone trying to negotiate the tricky business of figuring out relationships and finding the way in a complex, inconsistent world. Lyrics like "If ever your world starts crashing down…that's where you'll find me" and "I'm gonna run till you can't walk/but something pulls my focus out and I'm standing down" validate the intensity of emotional ups and downs while leaving plenty of room for interpretation. Songs like "All We Are" ("So don't say your goodbyes, you know it's better that way/we won't break, we won't die") provide hope and a glimpse of redemption.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Timbaland's chart-topping remix of the single "Apologize," which sounds different from the version on this CD. Which one do you like better? Listen to the song's chorus, "It's too late to apologize." Can you think of some circumstances in real life where you've felt that was true for you? Or do you believe that it's never too late to make amends?

Music details

Artist:One Republic
Release date:November 20, 2007
Label:Interscope Records
Genre:Alternative Rock
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 14 years old Written bybibliophilepianist May 31, 2013

Positive album, no sex/drugs

Although appropriate for all ages, younger kids won't "appreciate" this album as much as older ones! This album has meaning to it- a rarity for most albums these days. One favorite, Come Home, was written for a soldier who was deployed shortly after being deployed. Prodigal, Say (All I Need) and All Fall Down are definitely the best, non-romance songs on this album.
Teen, 13 years old Written byMockingjay333 November 30, 2012


I love them, Ryan Tedder's voice is absolutely phenominal!!!
Kid, 11 years old July 6, 2011

#1 OneRepublic Fan!

I have both of OneRepublic's albums, and they're great! I like Waking Up a bit better then Dreaming Out Loud, but Dreaming Out Loud is great! LOVE THEM!


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