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  • Summary: The third studio album from Adam Young's Minnesota-based one-man band is melodic synth-pop laptop electronica.
  • Record Label: Republic
  • Genre(s): Electronic, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Electronic, Emo-Pop
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 15
  2. Negative: 3 out of 15
  1. Jun 30, 2011
    73
    The dozen tracks of effervescent, shimmering, faith-based synth pop blend Young's adenoidal, Warped tour-ready vocals with a decidedly '80s new wave flavor.
  2. May 19, 2011
    70
    Owl City's second major-label effort is much more mature, dynamic and well-rounded. [Jun 2011, p.109]
  3. Jun 14, 2011
    70
    On All Things Bright he treads ingratiatingly melodic, lyrically twee, electro-pop territory that will be familiar to fans.
  4. May 25, 2011
    50
    Featuring 11 miniscule variations on Fireflies, the giddy worldwide smash that put home-studio boffin Adam Young on the map, this unrelentingly wide-eyed follow-up offers more genteel Christian rock reconfigured as techno lite.
  5. Jun 14, 2011
    50
    The 12 songs on All Things Bright and Beautiful, Owl City's third album, certainly demand the audience's imagination -- or at least their willingness to go along with the world Adam Young dreams up, a cartoonish place where the skies look like alligators, the rivers taste like fruit, and emeralds poke their heads out of every rock.
  6. 50
    Overall, All Things Bright and Beautiful isn't a bad album; it's just not very interesting.
  7. May 24, 2011
    0
    Owl City is electro-pop's unwanted bastard child, combining all the worst elements of the genre. The production is lazy and unbelievably dull.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 20
  2. Negative: 2 out of 20
  1. Jun 15, 2011
    10
    Young takes a brave departure from his serenading Ocean Eyes release with All things bright and beautiful, he is trying new sounds throughoutYoung takes a brave departure from his serenading Ocean Eyes release with All things bright and beautiful, he is trying new sounds throughout the entirety of the album, especially evident and Kamikaze, Angels, and Alligator Sky. This is a must-hear for anyone who is a fan of Adam Young's previous work or anyone who likes up-beat pop sounds. Expand
  2. Jul 3, 2011
    10
    As other reviewers have said, this album's gonna be very strongly divided between fans and haters. Adam Young's dreamy synthpop isn't goingAs other reviewers have said, this album's gonna be very strongly divided between fans and haters. Adam Young's dreamy synthpop isn't going to win over anybody who doesn't like to drift off into someone else's imagination, as the complex often hard-to-decipher lyrics are chock-full of metaphors and stimulating visual imagery. However, that's what separates Young from the rest of musicians, and that along with his beautiful melodies is what keeps those who are willing to listen with an open mind so enthralled. This is Owl City's best album yet. Expand
  3. Jun 15, 2011
    10
    Every song is really really good! Even better than owl citys last album! The best songs are the real world and Deer in the headlights, but allEvery song is really really good! Even better than owl citys last album! The best songs are the real world and Deer in the headlights, but all the songs are good too. Expand
  4. Oct 5, 2013
    10
    This album isn't for everyone since most people are into dub-step I think this album would be too cheerful for people. I honestly love thisThis album isn't for everyone since most people are into dub-step I think this album would be too cheerful for people. I honestly love this album; all the songs on it are catchy and original I know his metaphorical lyrics come off as rather cheesy and flowery but I honestly find it interesting and unique. I don't know what you other reviewers meant by "too much production". If the album had less production, people would complain that the album is "absent of instrumentation". There's no pleasing anyone, is there? Expand
  5. Jul 8, 2011
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The reason why the overall rating is around the 5 mark is purely because Owl City its very much like Marmite as they say; those who love him really love him, but those who don't despise him. I happen to be on the positive side and, although I can understand where others are coming from, I think that All Things Bright and Beautiful is a triumph. In general, the diversity in this album strikes me. Considering how many people saw "Ocean Eyes" as "samey", the difference between the sad but optimistic ballad of "Hospital Flowers" and the rocky and incredibly powerful song of confusion that is "Angels", is huge. These songs along with the more pop-orientated "Alligator Sky" mark a new departure for Adam. Other highlights include the clever link between "January 28th 1986" and "Galaxies" where one song merges into the other, the comical search for love in "Deer in the Headlights", the power of "The Yacht Club" and the emotive lyrics of "Plant Life" that really do conjure a beautiful forest scene; "If I were to pluck on your heart strings/ would you strum on mine?" gives me shivers every time!

    In conclusion, All Things Bright and Beautiful isn't going to change the mind of avid haters, but for those who love Adam Young's work, buy it straight away because, as one of these fans, this album is easily one of my favourite pieces of music I've ever listened to. If you've never had an Owl City album before, I implore you to try All Things Bright and Beautiful because you may just absolutely adore it.
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  6. Aug 14, 2011
    8
    I absolutely adore this album. I listen to it from my DS when I'm not at my computer and have done so many times already. My favorite songsI absolutely adore this album. I listen to it from my DS when I'm not at my computer and have done so many times already. My favorite songs would have to be "Honey and the Bee" and "Plant Life". I feel like Adam is really trying to get out of his comfort zone with the album, and he's doing it well. "Honey and the Bee" definitely replaces "The **** Room" as my favorite song by them. My least favorite songs on the album would have to be "Shy Violet" and "Deer in the Headlight", the prior because it just doesn't feel quite right, and the latter because it is just a bit too slow. The version of "Alligator Sky" with Shawn Chrystopher is good, but I think I prefer it by itself when just having it play in the background rather than actively listening, which can be a problem because the song doesn't feel quite "finished" without Shawn. All in all, I give it an 8/10, because of the few things I didn't like, along with the fact that you always need to leave room for growth. Expand
  7. Jul 1, 2011
    0
    The worst album of the year by far. I'm pretty sure it's equally, if not more so, terrible then his debut album. Owl City proves that someThe worst album of the year by far. I'm pretty sure it's equally, if not more so, terrible then his debut album. Owl City proves that some things in Minnesota should stay in Minnesota. Expand

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