All Things Bright and Beautiful

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  • Summary: The third studio album from Adam Young's Minnesota-based one-man band is melodic synth-pop laptop electronica.
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  • 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. Alternative Press
    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: 18 out of 21
  2. Negative: 2 out of 21
  1. Apr 27, 2015
    10
    It's gorgeous, catchy and feels like it was really written from the heart. Each individual song doesn't just feel like a cookie cutterIt's gorgeous, catchy and feels like it was really written from the heart. Each individual song doesn't just feel like a cookie cutter electronic pop song, but instead possesses a personal loving touch, which effectively delivers the messages straight to the heart. Expand
  2. Jul 1, 2012
    10
    Owl City, has his own voice and music, "grown-up" and made the songs, "The Real World, Deer in the Headlights, and Plant Life" more memorable.Owl City, has his own voice and music, "grown-up" and made the songs, "The Real World, Deer in the Headlights, and Plant Life" more memorable. I also love the dance-beat of some songs like "The Yacht Club and Galaxies" 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. 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
  5. Jul 17, 2011
    9
    Absolutely outstanding album :)

    The energy just drips from it and it feels like a much brighter and more lively album than Ocean Eyes. I
    Absolutely outstanding album :)

    The energy just drips from it and it feels like a much brighter and more lively album than Ocean Eyes.

    I adore it, and have no idea why it's getting such mixed reviews, other than possibly it's sound being potentially "love it or hate it".

    Some melodies sometimes feel like they are used more than once, sometimes across albums and sometimes only across songs, but it's rare and is a very mild flaw, if it is one at all. The tracks have character and yet predictable quality and the same beautiful, awe-inspiring sound.

    I am genuinely very confused by the negative reviews, as I would not be exaggerating if I described it as potentially one of my favourite albums of all time :)
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  6. Jul 10, 2011
    8
    What a shame for an album that innovating and refreshing to have a score of only 5.2!
    As said before, Young's Owl City is dividing listeners
    What a shame for an album that innovating and refreshing to have a score of only 5.2!
    As said before, Young's Owl City is dividing listeners into haters and lovers and, despite some apprehension, I have to admit that I belong to those who are enchanted by his music.
    This album really shows the musical maturity of this project: Young tries new things and each song carries a completely different universe of its own.
    Just take a minute to listen to Alligator Sky, Galaxies, Kamikaze or Angels and you'll be convinced that Young has more potential that what a lot of haters think.
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  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. Collapse

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