On Ringo Starr's 1973 ditty "Oh My My," the Beatle challenged listeners with "Can you move? Can you slide? You can boogie if you try." On OneRepublic's fourth outing of the same name, there's plenty of boogie to inspire even the heaviest of hearts. The band hasn't broken stride following its 2013 hit album Native – which went platinum in eight countries and spawned no less than six hit singles – continuing an unstoppable flow of bright anthems designed to comfort and uplift. The Native world tour would set the stage for the creation of Oh My My, which was written and recorded all over the globe.
Billed as a "companion" to the 2016 posthumous collection Heal My Soul, Holding On combines a full live concert from 1999 with five additional studio outtakes. According to Roger Costa, the compilation's producer, these five songs were left off of Heal My Soul "primarily because they didn't quite fit into the flow" and "they were too good not to share." They had been shared once before, on a limited-edition vinyl called Heal My Soul: Bonus Sessions, but the digital release is welcome because they're solid songs, highlighted by the charging "Love Takes Time," the hooky "Every Other Guy," and "All That I Believe," which feels a bit like a conscious re-write of Hootie & the Blowfish. All are nice additions to the Healey catalog and the concert is solid, too – perhaps a little too pristine and polished, but still worthy for Healey heads.