Ocean Eyes

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  • Summary: This is the second full-length album for the Minnesota-born electronic artist.
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  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. Q Magazine
    80
    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. Alternative Press
    60
    Young has a good chance at becoming a worthy replacement for the Postal Service; he just needs to monitor the ratio of sugar to substance on subsequent efforts. [Oct 2009, p.111]
  4. Had the production been toned down a bit, to just Young and some lo-fi synths, these songs would have worked much better. But then that would have invited even more comparisons to The Postal Service. A noble, but ultimately uninspiring, effort.
  5. 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.
  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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 22
  2. Negative: 4 out of 22
  1. HaritsA
    Dec 5, 2009
    10
    I think this is one of the best electronic album of the year! I love it. The songs is relaxing and very easy-listening with beating music.
  2. sarahs
    Oct 12, 2009
    10
    I don't care if Adam Young is good enough for critics. That's not what matters. It's how the person listening to his songs I don't care if Adam Young is good enough for critics. That's not what matters. It's how the person listening to his songs feel about his music. In my personal opinion, his music captivates me with his colorful lyrics and makes me feel like I can stay young forever and is optimistic. Expand
  3. DannyW
    Aug 26, 2009
    10
    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 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. Jul 3, 2011
    9
    Ocean Eyes is a wonderful journey through the mind of Adam Young, whose dreamy and visually-stimulating lyrics produce an entire world for theOcean Eyes is a wonderful journey through the mind of Adam Young, whose dreamy and visually-stimulating lyrics produce an entire world for the listener to journey through. While it has a few moments that are a bit bumpy, most of the album is a fun listen and a very nice escape from reality. If you're tired of the bluntness of commercial lyricism and want music that sounds more like poetry, Owl City is the one to turn to. Expand
  5. Elly
    Nov 2, 2009
    8
    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 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
    8
    Some of the reworked songfs from previous albums lack the artistic instrumentals and added superfluous effects and echoes, but otherwise the 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
    0
    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 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

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