I can't get these lyrics out of my head...
"I with I could cross my arms and cross your mind
Cause I believe you'd unfold your paper heart
and wear it on your sleeve
All my life I wish I broke mirrors
instead of promises"
~ Tidal Wave
Owl City's "Ocean Eyes" is instantly compelling
although at first you may think you are listening to "Ben
Gibbard." Adam Young's voice is similar but seems to have a
much more vibrant clarity. The lyrics on "Ocean Eyes"
are some of the most creative I've ever heard in this lifetime.
They are at times magical and at other times profound. Each song
is catchy in its own way.
"Hello Seattle" is one of those songs you won't be
able to get out of your head once you listen to it six times. I
like the way the song takes off into a subtle ecstasy and then
comes to a startling halt. It leaves you wanting more which is
why "Umbrella Beach" starts almost instantly sending
you on wave after wave of tantalizing beats. You can't help but
feel happy while listening to this music. I love "The
Saltwater Room" with its romantic melodies which are so
pure and beautiful. Breanne Duren's voice mingles with Adam
Young's voice in such a sweet intimacy it is addictive.
"Meteor Shower" is stunning even though it is the
shortest song on the album. In my opinion it ends too soon.
"On the Wing" has some unique moments at the start
that sound like a bird's wings beating. You get the feeling you
are flying above some vast forest with the night sky as a
backdrop. I always get the feeling that I want to turn this song
up to full volume.
"Fireflies" is purely a fun song that feels magical
and seems born of Adam Young's issues with insomnia. One part of
the song always makes me laugh. "The Tip of the
Iceberg" is a much more relaxed song with amazing vocals by
Melisa Morgan. It ends with a dancy pop reverie.
"Vanilla Twilight" is romantic and ecstatic in places.
In "Tidal Wave" Matthew Thiessen and Adam Young's
voices are so similar it is almost impossible to tell them
apart. I think this is a great song to end the album because it
seems to give you hope.
Of course when the album is over you may feel the urge to listen
to the songs again. In fact they can be rather addictive. I've
listened to this album on two headphones and the Sennheiser
headphones make this sound incredible. The AKG headphones were
also farily good but the Sennheiser seems to reveal some of the
"sparkly" magic in the music.
~The Rebecca Review
All Things Bright and Beautiful
Lose Yourself in Fantasy Dreams, June 28,
"reality is a lovely place
but I wouldn't want to
"All Things Bright and Beautiful" has Owl City's
signature sound with quite a few surprises. For most of the
album I just felt like my heart was light and I kept getting
shivers from the beauty.
Adam Young is a true poet and he takes lots of chances on this
album. His quirky lyrics mix perfectly with exciting beats
especially in Kamikaze which has a modern European feel. On this
album you never really know what is going to happen next. That
makes it exciting. I even liked the rap in "Alligator
What really had me laughing until I almost cried was one line in
"Deer in the Headlights." It will surprise you. I also
liked how the importance of the individual sound of the words is
more important than the meaning in "The Yacht Club."
The only song that could be considered slightly religious is
"Galaxies" and I thought it was beautiful. I also
thought the piano in "Plant Life" was really pleasing.
In most of the songs I felt that Adam Young's voice was so
powerful and it seemed to expand into a supreme ecstasy. What
can I say? I loved this album. It was a gift from my best friend
so thank you! Listen to this album on Sennheiser headphones for
the ultimate magical experience. This is an album that you will
listen to again and again because it makes you so darn happy.
Lose yourself in the fantasy.
If you like electronica can I recommend The
Kiss? It is so romantic.
~The Rebecca Review