Ocean Eyes - Owl City
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  • 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 20
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 20
  3. Negative: 4 out of 20
  1. Nov 6, 2010
    I simply love this album and did the first time I heard it. There's something so uplifting about his music. You can't listen to it and not bob your head and smile. That is so rare in music today. Music doesn't have to address manic depression, waking up a junkie and suicide to be good. I think his lyrics are fun and original. 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. Nov 6, 2010
    Owl City's second album is just as cheerful and colorful as the last. With the best song being Vanilla Twilight , and second is the reloaded version of Hello Seattle. The songs are very G-rated by far, yet they have an adult touch to it. Expand
  4. Jul 1, 2012
    stunning album ..
    especially the song "If My Heart Was A House" ..
    this album is memorable, lovely and many more things that will hook up in
    the radio.
    the lead single, "Fireflies" is also amazing
  5. 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
  6. Jul 3, 2011
    Ocean 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
  7. Oct 22, 2012
    It's hard to feel as happy as "Ocean Eyes" tries to make you feel when all it does is smash a hammer down on your head demanding that you feel that way. Expand

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