It’s no secret that One Republic’s fourth studio album “Oh My My’ was a little bit of a dud. After the massive success of ‘Native’ I think everyone expected something a little more anthemic, empowering and feel good instead of the generic try-hard pop we were receiving. For the lead single from their forthcoming fifth studio album they have decided to go further away from this sound with an electronic RNB influence. ‘Connection’ is a summer inspired track that explores the longing for a meaningful companionship and a genuine and honest connection. It serves as a sequel to their track ‘A.I’ where lead singer Ryan Tedder confesses his fear of having a serious relationship. His thoughts have obviously changed and we hear him evolving. “Right now, right now, I’m switching to a new lane. Foot to the floor, man searching for the real thing”. It may not be a smash hit like ‘Counting Stars’ or ‘If I Lose Myself’ but it is a genuinely enjoyable track with a big hook. It’s perfect for the American summer and is a lot stronger than all their tracks from their last album. But Ryan Tedder has written some of the biggest pop songs of the last decade including ‘Bleeding Love’ and ‘Halo’ so I’m confused why they can’t write themselves another genuine hit.