Ryan Tedder is one Teddy Bear that I'd love to cuddle with during my nightly six to eight hours of shut-eye. However, I don't know if his strict Christian upbringing would allow for such male to male bedtime magic.
Clearly, this man has great creative potential, so I can't quite understand why he doesn't tap it (or me? Tedderbear, you there?). Does he feel safer repeating a proven formula? If so, he shouldn't feel so secure in his ways; with each repetition, his work slips further down the charts. In an NPR interview, Ryan admitted that the music he enjoys is completely unlike the material he creates. That music is far more classic. As of late, though, Ryan seems to be incorporating elements of his personal taste into his output. With the current success of indie/alternative in the POP mainstream, we have faith that this creatively-fueled production will pay off in spades. He's even asked 2012's Grammy-winning Producer of the Year, Paul Epworth (Adele's Rolling in the Deep, Florence & the Machine's 2nd album, Ceremonials), to lend a hand in the making of OneRepublic's next album. This only further emphasizes Ryan's appreciation for fresh, experimental sounds. As much as we've enjoyed the sugar POP of Dr. Luke, we sense more passion in Ryan's best work. It seems like Ryan really enjoys the craft of making music, regardless of genre, while Luke only becomes more of a hit-factory with the passing of time. This is quite a shame, since the Doc has produced some of the best (and worst) music we've heard in the past five to ten years. We're crossing our fingers that our Ryan Tedderbear doesn't meet the same fate.
Mr. Tedderbear's Dream Lover (Hey, Mariah!)