Dreaming Out Loud

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Emotional songs about heartbreak and hope.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 12 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this music.

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.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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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Teen, 13 years old Written byItalyJapan9 April 29, 2017

One of My Favorite Albums

I have listened to this album many, many times. There is little to no bad language. Most songs have great messages. Beware of the song "Tyrant" with r... Continue reading
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 m... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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