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LISTEN: OneRepublic 'The Giver' Soundtrack Song 'Ordinary Human' Recalls Modern U2

by Carolyn Menyes   Jul 22, 2014 15:29 PM EDT

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In the soon-to-be film adaptation of Lois Lowry's The Giver, Jonas is no "Ordinary Human," but that hasn't stopped rock band OneRepublic from writing a song about the movie with that title. Today (July 22), the "Counting Stars" group released the lead track from the upcoming sci-fi movie adaptation about fighting the powers that be all while being just another person.

"Today I felt a switch in my veins / Used to be a shadow now the shadows scream my name / And in the daylight I could swear we're the same / But I'm just an ordinary human / But I don't feel so ordinary today," lead singer and songwriter Ryan Tedder sings, reflecting the changes in Jonas as he learns more about the dystopian society he lives in as he becomes the keeper of knowledge.

Clearly lyrically inspired by the modern classic YA novel, musically OneRepublic is pulling away from its more grandiose arrangements in favor of minimalistic music, recalling very close to modern U2 music.

But it's no "Ordinary Day," it's "Ordinary Human."

Listen to "Ordinary Human" by OneRepublic from The Giver soundtrack below:

OneRepublic will feature two songs on the soundtrack to The Giver. In addition to "Ordinary Human," the band has also recorded "I Lived." The album also features new music from Capital Cities, Rixton, Aloe Blacc, Jake Bugg and NEEDTOBREATHE.

The soundtrack will be available in stores and digital retailers on Aug. 5, 10 days before the film's release date.

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