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The Midsummer Station

Owl City

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Album Review

Adam Young's sugary emo electronica pop as Owl City has been a highly polarizing entity since he broke through in a huge way with runaway single "Fireflies" in 2009. Critics and naysayers dismissed the project as a watered-down Postal Service ripoff way too late in the game, but millions and millions of fans dismissed the critics and made the song an international chart-topper. While "Fireflies" was a really rare accidental Top 40 hit recorded by Young in his basement, The Midsummer Station is tailored for commercial radio. Owl City has never shied away from big-sounding pop with emo underpinnings, and The Midsummer Station goes as big as possible. Young brings in production assistance from hitmakers Stargate for the Euro-house rave touches of "Shooting Star" and co-writes several songs with Katy Perry writer/engineer Emily Wright. Electronic four-on-the-floor beats are huge, production is loud and garish, and the hooks announce themselves with all the subtlety of a sledgehammer. It's by-the-numbers big-budget pop. Obvious single "Good Time" finds Young duetting with Justin Bieber-approved tween pop star Carly Rae Jepsen on a huge summery production about hanging out, partying, and nothing in particular. It's a great example of a dumb, fun pop song done right, and along with the slightly more sophisticated "Metropolis" and the rocked-out moments of "Dementia" (the latter aided by blink-182's Mark Hoppus), it's one of the album's standouts.

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Music video ideas

Speed of love: NASCAR stadium. Adam is popular driver. As he pit stops in a critical race, the fuel for his car runs out and the only fuel they have is Love. Upon using it, the car raises up and finishes the race spectacularly.
Coming after you: Murder scene. Adam see the killer, and notices she is a female. Love struck, he follows and is shot. Now he try's to find the murderer and manages to arrest her. They kiss as she is put in the cell.
Bombshell Blonde: Ballroom. Adam is a spy at an annual dance. His female agent partner is hot and he falls in love. They embrace and manage to stop the evil villain at the dance.


The album itself is a bit of a change of direction for Adam after the last 2 albums, but each individual song is catchy and I love singing along :D The genre is leaning towards that mainstream club beats type stuff, but it stil has Owl City's stamp on it. Best songs include Gold, Good Time, Dementia, and Silhouette for a change of pace




Born: Owatonna, MN

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Owl City is the musical brainchild of Adam Young, who launched the project in 2007 while living at his parents' home in Owatonna, Minnesota. Troubled by insomnia, Young began spending his evenings in the household basement, where a computer and several instruments provided a diversion from his sleeping patterns. He eventually combined those diversions into a blend of electronica and emo-pop, using little more than his computer and various keyboards to record the material. Songs were uploaded to MySpace...
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