Ocean Eyes - Owl City
Ocean Eyes Image

Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics What's this?

User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 75 Ratings

Your Score
0 out of 10
Rate this:
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • Summary: This is the second full-length album for the Minnesota-born electronic artist.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Young's second set of lush, Postal Service-indebted electronic pop, Ocean Eyes, is so daydream-ready, you might forgive him for admitting out loud that he'd ''rather pick flowers instead of fights.''
  2. The likes of Umbrella Beach, Cave In and Vanillla Twilight blend bittersweet longing, wintry elemental imagery and melodies that worm their way into your consciousness with effortless aplomb. [Apr 2010, p.119]
  3. This is music aimed squarely for the naïve-at-heart, and the industrial knife-sharpeners are best waved elsewhere than at the entirely likeable Young. If these genteel Casio-noodlings are what the kids are going to be listening to in 2010, I predict a peaceful year for the rest of us.
  4. Minnesota native Adam Young, the one-man band behind Owl City, has crafted an incredibly upbeat album filled with starry-eyed lyrics and electro-pop fluff.
  5. 50
    While Young's compositions occasionally flirt with the nuanced melodicism of Jimmy Tamborello or Jona Bechtolt, he rarely lets even the slightest risky idea emerge.
  6. The click-clackety beats and twinkling synth bleeps owe a clear debut to Jimmy Tamborello’s homemade production, though Young adds a bright sheen that owes something to J-pop as well.
  7. It’s all very pretty sounding on paper, but in reality lazily produced and poorly written.

See all 14 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 20
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 20
  3. Negative: 4 out of 20
  1. Oct 5, 2013
    Owl City's Ocean Eyes shows it has been influenced by The Postal Service but that doesn't necessarily conclude Adam Young to be a rip-off of it. Battlefield is a first-person shooter game much like Call Of Duty. Does that make either game a rip-off of each other? Yet nobody mouths off about that... because it isn't a problem and neither is this controversial between Owl City and The Postal Service. Ocean Eyes has collection of songs that are highly original and unique. For once, it is an album absent of music about partying, getting laid and getting drunk. It is an overall feel-good cheerful album. Expand
  2. Jul 30, 2013
    This album is much better than Owl City's first album, Maybe I'm Dreaming. The unusual lyrics, good music and unique sound of Adam, this album is enjoyable for all ages. Expand
  3. DannyW
    Aug 26, 2009
    While there may be a cheesy love song or two in this album this does not take away from the awesomeness of such songs as "Tidal Wave" "Tip of the Iceberg", he has created a particular style and feel for his music and it really shows in those songs. Fantastic Album, not much like this one out there. Expand
  4. MartK
    Sep 13, 2009
    This is an awesome album, really original! Try Hello Seattle, Dental Care and Fireflies.
  5. Elly
    Nov 2, 2009
    Must admit I havent listened to the cd but i'm basing my review on the single "Fireflies" which is a lovely song! When I first heard the song, I thought it was a Death Cab For Cutie song because the singer sounded like the singer from Death Cab, so that was a negative because although both singers have a pleasant voice, I'm tired of singers who sound alike. If all the other songs are like Fireflies, then I will consider buying the cd in the future! Expand
  6. Nick
    Aug 22, 2009
    Some of the reworked songfs from previous albums lack the artistic instrumentals and added superfluous effects and echoes, but otherwise the collaboration with Relient K's Matt Thiessen and the development of his pop/electronic style is a lot of fun. Expand
  7. JimBob
    Nov 5, 2009
    This man should be should be shot for hijacking the Ferrari that is the Postal Service and turning it into cloying, pink, 1hp, Pinto. Joe Satriani successfully sued Cold Play for absconding with his work, why can't Jimmy Tamborella and Ben Gibbard sue this douche for his manhood...too late. Expand

See all 20 User Reviews