Everything came together perfectly for this Owl City album. Since his first smash hit, “Fireflies”, Adam Young hasn’t been able to reach that type of success on the charts. With his third album, it is time to prove that he wasn’t a one hit wonder. With perfect timing scoring the IT girl of the summer on his album, Owl City can prove they have what it takes to dominate the charts again.
Even if you don’t like Owl City, you can’t deny that Young knows how to write a pop song. Every track makes you want to move along to his digitized vocals. Sure it’s a little formulaic, but we’re having a good time listening to it. He knows his strengths and uses it all to his advantage. He doesn’t have the greatest singing voice, but you wouldn’t know it from a song like “Embers” that creates big soaring choruses with music and levels, not his voice. He lets the slow songs be more intimate allowing him to let him sing softly and whisper his lyrics to you.
He’s going to gain fans thanks to the fast dancey songs where he makes you want to bounce off of the walls. This dominates the first half of the album, but it’s the second half of The Midsummer Station where he shines. Owl City sometimes comes across as very typical and one note, but through the last five songs on his new album, he shows immense creativity and diversity. It makes us wish this was the beginning of the album. It’s clear there is real talent here, we just need to weed through the more fan friendly songs to get to it.
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