10 Songs, 35 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Adam Young crosses genre lines with a pop-inspired electronic opus.

Mastered for iTunes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Adam Young crosses genre lines with a pop-inspired electronic opus.

Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
500 Ratings
500 Ratings
MPLily ,

Thunderstruck is underrated

Really underrated. It’s like one of my faves, and makes me think of my boyfriend.

Briantrich ,

Doesn't even resemble the Owl City we know and love

I absolutely loved Owl City the moment I heard "I'll Meet You There" play on my Postal Service Pandora station back in the spring of 2008. I remember the day I heard the song the first time. There was so much hope, naivete, optimism and colorful idealism in his music - it found the innocent kid in me and encouraged me to rekindle my relationship with my imagination and youth, even as I escaped college into adulthood.

Maybe I'm Dreaming and Ocean Eyes are two of the best (synth pop, whatever you call it) albums ever written. Both have references to religion, but it's apparent Adam saw god everywhere in life and across the universe; not simply as the conventional patriarchal deity organized religion tells us all about. Adam saw beauty in everything - I still remember seeing him perform The Technicolor Phase live and he said, simply, "this is a song about what it would be like to be a color." That childlike imagination and incredibly simple concept just hit me like a ton of bricks.

The oldest and most devoted Owl City fans are young adults who look to his music to channel an innocence and admiration of beauty deep within us, in a day and age where innocence and beauty is sadly overshadowed by politics, war, reality TV, materialism and violence. All I have to do is pop Dear Vienna, Hot Air Balloon or Early Birdie on my headphones and I'm channeling my inner child once again, admiring the simple things in life and remembering the most important things aren't always the ones they're talking about on TV. They're deep within us, they're the things that tie us to our children, to our own childhood, and to our ability to fall in love with our own imaginations.

Somewhere around All Things Bright and Beautiful, Adam's writing felt like it went from authentic to forced or overly produced. It felt like a group of writers sat down and thought "how can we write really cute lyrics?" instead of the lyrics flowing from Adam's interactions with the world around him. I can see a kid in a basement writing Strawberry Avalanche. I cannot say the same about most of his newer music.

My advice to Adam is to give up the idea you have something to prove to the world. You don't have to prove you're a Christian, you don't have to prove you can go platinum, and you don't have to prove you're hip enough to bring in the flavor of the day as a guest vocalist on one of your songs. You and Breanne had something magical, and it was only once the spotlight and commercial success came around that this magic became synthetic. Please go back to what you know and love...we're all waiting for you.

Err0rgdhdErr0r! ,

I herd on radio

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