Owl City – The Midsummer Station (Review)

Owl City – The Midsummer Station (Review)

Owl City The Midsummer Station Album Cover

Universal Republic

Release Date: August 21, 2012

Reviewed by Emily Kjonaas

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The first time I heard Owl City was a few years ago on a local secular station. Of course the song was his multi-platinum hit “Fireflies”. Immediately I was sold. Fellow Minnesotan Adam Young is Owl City, named after the city which Adam is from: Owatonna, MN. Filled with his signature synthpop/electronica sound, The Midsummer Station is his fourth studio album.

Leading The Midsummer Station, with his classic synthpop/electronica sound, is “Dreams And Disasters”. Following is the first radio single, and ever-increasingly popular, “Shooting Star”. Next is the first song that really grabbed my attention, “Gold”. To me, this song seems to be a story about how much Owl City values the people around him, how to him, they’re gold.

Further down the CD is “I’m Coming After You”. This song starts out a little creepy by saying ‘I saw your face in a criminal sketch, don’t be alarmed ‘cause you don’t know me yet, I’m on the prowl now sniffin’ around this town, for you’. It fits with the song’s theme, though, as it has a police motif going. Owl City uses his voice to make the police siren sound, that appears throughout the song, giving this track a unique spin on top of his ever-present synth vibe.

Not one for joining forces on his records, Adam tried something a little different with The Midsummer Station. Owl City collaborated with Carly Rae Jepsen (“Call Me Maybe”) to make “Good Time”, another single.

“Silhouette” is one of my favorites on this CD. It starts out with a beautiful piano piece and doesn’t have as much as an electronica sound to it like the rest of this album. It’s a sad song and Adam is able to express this in his lyrics, ‘I’m a silhouette, asking every now and then, is it over yet, will I ever love again’. Another song about heartache and a lost love is the final track, “Take It All Away”.

This new album is a classic Owl City record that has a lot of synth in it, a sound that fits well with Adam. If you follow him on Twitter; or know even just a little bit about him, you can easily tell that he’s eccentric, but in a very cool way. However, this album does not differentiate much in sound from his previous work. I was also a little disappointed to learn that Adam collaborated with different writers for several of the songs. I believe Adam’s best work was what he was able to come up with on his own. But Owl City fans will still enjoy his newest offering, The Midsummer Station.

Rating: 3/5

Track List:

  1. Dreams And Disasters
  2. Shooting Star
  3. Gold
  4. Dementia
  5. I’m Coming After You
  6. Speed Of Love
  7. Good Time
  8. Embers
  9. Silhouette
  10. Metropolis
  11. Take It All Away

About Emily Kjonaas

Emily Kjonaas is from Moorhead, MN and is a reviewer for Christian Music Zine. Her favorite Christian band is Kutless and loves attending concerts. She is studying to be a nurse and loves her job as a caregiver. More Posts

5 Comments to “Owl City – The Midsummer Station (Review)”

  1. Nice review! Surprised you didn’t mention Dementia though! Although I guess a lot has been said about it earlier when it appeared on the EP.

  2. I’ve seen a lot of people who were disappointed by this album, but I think it is my favorite Owl City album. I can’t stop listening to it. That surprises me too, because I thought I would get tired of it quickly having heard the songs from the EP and Good Time so much already.

    • I must say I do enjoy “Good Time” after multiple listens…but I still think it’s easily one of his weakest songs. Does make me kind of happy though! :)

  3. I think “Shooting Star” and tracks 5-7 are all the weakest songs he’s written, but I love “Dementia” and thoroughly enjoyed the last four tracks. I think Adam Young just does much better when it’s him and his imagination. Not a bunch of other (mediocre) songwriters dragging him down.

    • I love Shooting Star. I need to look at the lyrics a little more closely, but I may use it in my class sometime this year. Now, when you say the last 4 tracks, does that include Bombshell Blonde? It was on the iTunes release. I enjoyed the song enough to purchase it, but it doesn’t seem to be up to Owl City standards.

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