Owl City
Of June


2.5
average

Review

by Kevin K USER (57 Reviews)
January 11th, 2011 | 10 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Adam Young starts his career Of Swoon

Back when Adam Young wasn't lifted by massive airplay for his breakthrough single, Fireflies, he was innocently and naively twinking in the musical background with Of June. This EP was recorded digitally in his parent's basement during the month of June, and was released on his Myspace profile during the same month. While this little album managed to sign him onto Universal Records through his hit song, Hello Seattle, does it stand strong enough as a legitimate debut to the blooming career he has now?

Of June's areas of interest circulate far from a typical pop album; Designer Skyline is fairly self-explanatory, about the creative process of blueprinting city buildings. Swimming In Miami focuses a lot on water vehicles despite its name, and kicks off this album with Adam's undeniable love for oceans. Unfortunately, despite some unusual topics-at-hand, Adam spends far too much time referring to cities and places (Panda Bear, Fuzzy Blue Lights), which hinder his rhyming and word flow a bit. Also, you get tired of hearing about beaches and oceans nonstop after even the short 7 tracks. Adam's lyrics are dreamy and uplifting, no doubt, and sometimes succeed at emitting that sensation of freedom and open possibility. It's just too bad he has such a small range of song topics to further that open possibility.

On an instrumental note, Of June is all digital and electronic, with some deviation such as Fuzzy Blue Lights' pianos. The sounds he pulls off mostly aim for a soothing and easy-going approach, with plenty of whirly, bubbly and breezy synth progressions. Hello Seattle starts off with a strong swirl that carries through the rest of the track (for better and worse), while the first 2 tracks, Swimming in Miami and Captains and Cruiseships, have more percussion to their sound. Even still, Adam's range just isn't long enough. He is at his best during the bridge of Panda Bear, with has easily the catchiest part of the album strung between each verse. Of course, the lyrics keep that song from being great, much like many tracks here.

In the end, Of June is a fair debut, albeit a little boring. He can definately manage an atmospheric energy to his songs, the likes of which are dreamy and open-minded in the instrumental department. That said, his computer songs would be, in my opinion, perfect as instrumental electronica because of the above atmospheric charm (and therefore reinforcing the aforementioned open possibility sense and "imagination factor"). That's not saying that Adam should just shut up (at least completely), because his voice, while kind of drab and windy, feels fine for this kind of music. Overall, Of June can be easily digested though for it's short length and non-abtract messages. There are catchy-enough parts every here and there, but nothing is particularly lasting or memorable. For a myspace-distributed EP, I'd give him benefit of the doubt if similar issues didn't pleague his sophomore and junior records.



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WashboardSuds
January 11th 2011


5017 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

My rating was somewhere between 2 and 2.5, like a 2.3

Knott-
Emeritus
January 11th 2011


10197 Comments


Probably a 1.

Good review though!

SCREAMorphine
January 11th 2011


1753 Comments


Good review
I know little about Owl City

Pos

Tyrael
January 12th 2011


20883 Comments


This album is so boring it's not even funny. Good review nonetheless, pos.

Digging: Darkspace - Dark Space III I

omnipanzer
January 12th 2011


21536 Comments


I really liked your sense of fairness and objectivity in your review.
POS'd

As a grown man I cannot identify with this album at all (yes I listened to it before scoring it). It's not surprising considering the fact that I felt the same way toward Ocean Eyes. I can only assume those 3's-5's up there are from kids or parents for there kids.

WashboardSuds
January 12th 2011


5017 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks for the comments guys. I'm glad I could be more objective and fair in this review
I still like Postal Service and other electronic bands more than Owl City, and the only reason I've stuck around was because I've always felt potential from this guy. Three albums later, he's still writing gooey, over-emotional songs meant for, as omnipanzer put it, kids or parents of those kids.
Honestly this album was pretty boring but I gave a few extra points because this is much less bloated than Ocean Eyes, which I hated except for Umbrella Beach

also how many times can this guy re-release Hello Seattle over 3 years?

Knott-
Emeritus
January 12th 2011


10197 Comments


Is that the song which references Puget Sound like Gibbard does on This Place Is A Prison? Because if so it's the most blatant example of him ripping off the Postal Service.

WashboardSuds
January 12th 2011


5017 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"I'll crawl the sandy bottom of Puget Sound

Hello Seattle, Owl City

And you may case the grounds from the cascades to puget sound,

This Place is a Prison, Postal Service

between that and that fact that OC almost uses the exact same lyrical writing style as Gibbard, I'd say Adam has created the most original musical style ever

foxblood
October 7th 2011


6797 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

not ashamed to admit i've always enjoyed this even if it is over-the-top gayness. it's sort of like enjoying a bad children's movie. his other stuff is just too much to handle though

WashboardSuds
October 7th 2011


5017 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yeah this album isn't bad



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