Owl City
The Midsummer Station - Acoustic EP


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by JanuarysGinger USER (5 Reviews)
August 6th, 2013 | 13 replies


Release Date: 2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: What The Midsummer Station lacked in pizzazz, The Midsummer Station - Acoustic EP makes up for in musical quality and provides updates to songs that lacked emotion and gives us new songs that could have made TMS that much better.

Owl City is one of those musical projects you love or hate. Some find his dreamy, surreal lyrics and synth-pop sound to be awe-inspiring while others are immediately turned off by the metaphors and irony placed in his lyrics. Once The Midsummer Station hit shelves last year, we realized Owl City had somewhat abandoned the old way he made music with the extra writers, producers and the more mainstream-pop sound. Is this EP just like The Midsummer Station or does it recount to the olden days of Maybe I'm Dreaming and Ocean Eyes" Let's see.

As soon as the EP starts with Good Time (Acoustic), we're given something that could have easily been put on anything before The Midsummer Station. This remains true throughout the EP. The 3 songs off of The Midsummer Station (Good Time, Shooting Star, Gold) are definitely better than they were on the album. These acoustic versions recall songs such as The Saltwater Room, Vanilla Twilight and what may have been the best and more Owl City-esque track on TMS: Silhouette. The strings and piano help give what were cookie-cutter pop tunes a softer feel that helps make them more refined.

The standout of the 3 is definitely Gold. Doing research, I found that Adam Young didn't even write the original version which explains why it was so barren of Owl City touch. The way he presents this updated version is a complete 180 and like the other 2 tracks, makes all 3 so much better than the original versions. The lyrics haven't changed but vocal melodies have changed and with the added harmonies and background vocals it definitely gives these tracks an edge, which like I said really stands outs on Gold. All 3 are great in their own way: Good Time takes out Carly Rae Jepsen and give us better vocals, Shooting Star is more of a piano ballad now, and Gold combines both to give us a piano driven song with better vocals and instrumentation.

The other 2 songs are B-sides from previous releases titled I Hope You Think of Me and Hey Anna. IHYToM had been played at live shows in the past and small clips of the studio version had floated around the internet for a while now, but Hey Anna was only heard during live performances, one of which I went to and heard this before it was released. What TMS lacked in musical quality, both songs are given to us in an Owl City fashion with bells, synth melodies and basses, and the lyrics are standout on IHYToM which is the better song out of the 2. Both are about a girl but while Hey Anna is just about how she'll be ok, IHYToM is about longing for someone to...well....think of you.

The only problem with this EP str the lyrics to the songs originally off of TMS and arguably Hey Anna, but the instrumentation and music played during these songs destroys that aspect completely. TMS - Acoustic EP is better than TMS and if you like Owl City in any way, shape or form then you should own this.

Owl City - The Midsummer Station - Acoustic EP 4.5/5


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JanuarysGinger
August 6th 2013


15 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I realize there are going to be comments like "Owl City sucks" and "He can go die lolol" but this EP is really good. Really really good. Let the hate begin.... now.

AceOfSpades
August 6th 2013


81 Comments


Honestly peaks my interest a little, not a fan of his usual stuff, but I am a sucker for acoustic

JS19
August 6th 2013


6929 Comments


I'm not bashing Owl City or anything, I just have yet to meet anyone who would call him 'awe inspiring'. maybe I'm hanging with the wrong crowd?

You will get a lot of phantom negs, but your review is not bad at all. Maybe could do with a more professional 'feel' to it but I'll pos anyway



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JanuarysGinger
August 6th 2013


15 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks, I don't mean to say awe-inspiring. I just wasn't sure how to word it, so it was the closest

thing I could think of. Any way you think I could be more professional?

JS19
August 6th 2013


6929 Comments


- It's completely subjective, but I think trying to make the album a bit less personal and using 'I' a bit less might help it? Not if it ruins your style though.

- Maybe trying to keep your tense the same throughout. For example:

'Owl City is'
'the only problem with this EP would be'
'and are called'

- 3 different tenses in one review kinda makes it read a little strangely, so probably choose present or past and stay with it.

- the rhetorical question at the end of the intro doesn't read very well either. it makes it seem more colloquial than a review should be. I think rewriting it as a statement near the end would be better.

- The only other things are a couple of grammar issues and maybe a couple more commas when your sentences are longer :

'All three are in there own way'

- Should be 'their'

- Other than that it's a really well thought out review, so keep doing what you're doing!



JanuarysGinger
August 6th 2013


15 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'll definitely remember that, thanks man!

Toondude10
August 6th 2013


13389 Comments


lol, Owl City, what a joke XD

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Green Baron
August 6th 2013


24325 Comments


YOU WOULD NOT BELIEVE YOUR EYES

IF TEN MILLION FIREFLIES

i forget the rest

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Hoppoman
August 7th 2013


719 Comments


Not even the bugs in his song like him, most of them refuse to hug him.

NapalmCrusader
August 7th 2013


1738 Comments


Lol, owl city

jefflebowski
August 7th 2013


8573 Comments


yet another perfectly decent review which is gonna get way more negs than it deserves 'cause shitty
userbase doesn't like people liking certain things

JanuarysGinger
August 9th 2013


15 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I expected it, so it's no big deal. Some people have different preferences and I respect that.

SilverSky
August 10th 2013


30 Comments


this interests me greatly. i was and still am a fan of his older music and definitely will look into this now.



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