OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder knows fans aren't going to mouth every lyric to every song at their show, and he's OK with that. The days of fans listening to entire albums are slowly dissipating, he says backstage before the group's show in Phoenix on Sunday. Music is appreciated one single at a time. Since OneRepublic is the kind of band that often sidesteps its cardinal genre several times per album, it works. When the band formed in 2002, Tedder says, this fluid approach to their identity was a curse. Now, he calls it a blessing.
As you may recall, OneRepublic was one of the first MySpace wunderkinds, landing a second chance at fame with Timbaland's Mosley Music Group after being dropped by Columbia. The band's third studio album, Native, was released in March 2013. It came after a three-and-a-half-year hiatus and was the Colorado group's first top 10 album in the United States, even though the album sold a little less in its first week than its debut Dreaming Out Loud (2007).