Album review: The Midsummer Station – Owl City

Owl City has a very distinctive sound, there is no denying that. Whether it is a track starting on the radio or being thrown up on shuffle in your music player it only takes a couple of bars before you know exactly who you’re listening to. I opened with that observation because The Midsummer Station is a change of direction and a different sound for Owl City but is still instantly recognisable.

Toe-tapping catchy with great pop hooks this is upbeat and boppy, very radio friendly and with the inclusions of collaborations with Carly Rae Jepsen and Mark Hoppus of Blink-182 is sure to gain attention. I know Good Time with Carly Rae Jepsen is getting some major radio attention.

The lyrics are less original and quirky than those contained on All Things Bright And Beautiful and much more mainstream but that didn’t diminish my enjoyment at all. I found a couple of the tracks fabulous to sing-a-long to, and Fabulous for belted out wake-up sing-a-longs on my way to work in the morning.

The Midsummer Station is still very big on the synth and will make great dance floor faves. I’m Coming After You and Speed of Love are great for a giggle at the way with words demonstrated on these tracks.

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Good Time has not changed much from the way I fell in love with it, further than the addition of Carly Rae Jepsen of course.

Silhouette stands out for it’s much slower tempo, more mellow sounds and emotional lyrics. I found it haunting and ethereal, it’s a track that stays with me long after the final bars fade out.

Owl City has always been feel good pop but the new direction has brought it much closer to mainstream pop, added more woah oh fillers in most tracks and lost some of the lyrical quirkiness. Through all of that this is still a CD that I quite enjoy listening to and will be sure to keep in my music library for that instant smile as soon as a track is thrown up on shuffle.

Track Listing:

Dreams And Disasters
Shooting Star
Dementia (feat. Mark Hoppus)
I’m Coming After You
Speed Of Love
Good Time (with Carly Rae Jepsen)
Take It All Away

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