Owl City
The Midsummer Station


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by nickwardmusic USER (1 Reviews)
August 16th, 2012 | 22 replies | 8,935 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Dazzling highlights, but very and I mean VERY low lights.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

I recall when I became an Owl City fan, after the mega success of "Fireflies" and 2009 release "Ocean Eyes". There was something that drew me to this Adam Young project, that was different from all other music I've listened to. When I listen to an Owl City album, I get whisked off to a magical, whimsical world of sheer happiness and joy. His synth - pop is very soothing and bright, putting me in a good mood. Does his 2012 record "The Midsummer Station" take me to that imaginary world? Nowhere close.

After hearing "Shooting Star", his teaser EP of this record, I knew it wasn't going to be nearly as good as "Ocean Eyes" or "All Things Bright And Beautiful", but I expected it to have the Owl City touch for sure. The first track of the album, EDK inspired "Dreams and Disasters" was a decent track and was enjoyable, the same cannot be said for the next two though: "Shooting Star" and "Gold". Now "Shooting Star" starts off with a sound that may remind Owl City lovers of "I'll Meet You There" and I expected a great track, oh how I was wrong. After that brief instance, the song morphs into a predictable, poppy dance tune that sounds almost identical the god awful Katy Perry song "Firework". In my disgust, I began the next track, "Gold". That was perhaps even worse. The generic lyrics were clearly written by the writers that were taken into studio, and shows no sign of the Adam Young I love, it just sounds so cheesy. Expecting another disappointing track, I listened to "Dementia", which turned out to be one of the top tracks of the album, and had the Owl City touch despite adding blink - 182 vocalist, Mark Hoppus into the mix. And by far the worst song off the entire album is next, I'd just skip over this one if I were you. "I'm Coming After You" is the worst Owl City song ever made with Young making a police siren noise in the chorus(?), about love being a police chase (too cheesy). Now after "Speed Of Love", there is the summer anthem "Good Time" featuring the "Call Me Maybe" chick Carly Rae Jepsen. It is insanely catchy and fulfills its purpose as a careless pop anthem. "Embers" comes after and sounds alot like "Dementia", and was very enjoyable. The two best tracks of the album come next: "Silhouette" and "Metropolis". They both are shining examples of true Owl City songs and will please long time fans.

I'll close by saying this album as a whole, was terribly disappointing. It has its moments with songs like "Dementia" and "Metropolis", but very low lights like "Gold" and "I'm Coming After You". If you want some real Owl City, pick up "Ocean Eyes" or "Maybe I'm Dreaming".


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Tikicobra
August 15th 2012



572 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I think it says a lot about an artist like this when they can pump out a new album this quickly.

Calc
August 15th 2012



11945 Comments


"I recall when I became an Owl City"

what? and this is your 1st sentence

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nickwardmusic
August 15th 2012



2 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This was my first review as you can see.. sorry if it wasn't that great

skoopy48
August 15th 2012



1434 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

I thought i was the only owl city fan on this site, this album is really terrible though

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
August 16th 2012



3334 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

Used to like Owl City until ATBAB, that was a god-awful album. After hearing the singles on this one I'm not looking forward to its release

North0House2
August 16th 2012



5805 Comments


I've always hated Owl City with a burning passion.

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Rayne264
August 24th 2012



64 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I've always enjoyed Owl City. Unfortunately this album was a huge let down and I find it hard to listen from start to finish. Pretty good first review, keep it up.

Phragmine
September 18th 2012



36 Comments


Good Time is a guilty pleasure for me, rest of the album is meh.

LifeAsAChipmunk
September 20th 2012



4854 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

This guy is not worthy to cover Enchanted.

sixdegrees
September 20th 2012



16700 Comments


Mark Hoppus is on this? wtf

LifeAsAChipmunk
September 20th 2012



4854 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Yep, and as much as I hate Blink, the song actually wasn't awful. Somehow, Adam Young sounds better when he's trying to be Tom Delunge.

sixdegrees
September 20th 2012



16700 Comments


wow, I kinda want to listen to the song now just to hear Adam's Tom Delonge impression. lol

project86fan
January 13th 2013



26 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"I recall when I became an Owl City"

what? and this is your 1st sentence

//

Fits right in with the lyrical style Young uses ;)

demigod!
January 13th 2013



43809 Comments


is this guy even relevant anymore

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mmmmusic
April 16th 2013



1 Comments


I think it's pretty mean to write Adam off as not putting his heart into his tracks and surmising that they must be junk made from producers. Adam Young shares in his interviews how he wanted to try something different by experimenting with the pop-song genre and collaborating with other artists. He enjoyed the creative process and is very happy with how it worked out. His instagram and blog also attest to this. Adam Young understands the true spirit of "poiein". In greek, that means "to create", a term synonymous with the true spirit of art, of creative freedom. It didn't used to be that way. "poiein" started out as a sort of creativeness but governed by rules and regulations. Over time, artists and people began to rethink what it really meant to be an artist, and now anyone (including Adam Young) can freely create, express, design, and inspire!

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
April 16th 2013



3334 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

@mmmmusic: For evidence that Adam Young isn't putting his heart into tracks anymore, look at Maybe I'm Dreaming (and to a lesser extent Ocean Eyes). Those songs were daydreamy bedroom-pop (god I hate that term) excellence, and they showed some serious creativity on his part. TMS is just faceless, generic radio-pop that isn't really all that interesting. There's no "experimenting" whatsoever - on the contrary, he stays incredibly safe through the whole thing. The "creative freedom" he reveled in on earlier work is just totally gone here, with no apparent hope for redemption.

mmmmmusic
April 27th 2013



1 Comments


@Brostep
There is a difference from Adam's "Maybe I'm Dreaming" and "Ocean Eyes" albums to the "Midsummer Station" album: that is genre. Adam Young enjoys dabbling in lots of various styles of music, why not pop as well?
However, I can understand your point of view...pop is a very different genre than what's described as "daydreamy bedroom-pop", "synth-pop" etc., or, to those unfamiliar with this type of genre outside of Owl City, simply "Owl City". In my opinion, Adam Young definitely makes the best music in that genre! He is totally a creative genius. And he will continue to create all kinds of music, including the "daydreamy". Recently Young made two songs of that genre, so I think you'd like them. One is "Paper Tigers" and the other "Beautiful Mystery”.
Also, there’s another one of that genre that you might like by Young, it’s called “Garden Party”…
http://www.ayoungblog.com/post/28347176373/garden-party
http://www.altpress.com/features/entry/interview_owl_city_on_collaborations_edm_and_his_new_record/P1
http://www.sheknows.com/entertainment/articles/979855/exclusive-owl-citys-adam-young-interview
“There is no old Adam Young, there is no new Adam Young, merely different colors and different brushstrokes over the same canvas.”― Adam Young


SilverSky
August 11th 2013



30 Comments


Damn straight about Metropolis being good, I just gave it a shot. I never gave anything on this album a chance really, other than Dementia. I might like Good Time too if I didn't hate Carly Rae Jepsen so much.

PunchforPunch
August 11th 2013



5869 Comments


cool album cover

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SilverSky
August 11th 2013



30 Comments


@mmmmmusic you are a wonderful person. i would never have heard of Beautiful Mystery otherwise. It sounds like a great combination of old and new along with one utterly fantastic synth riff.



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