Ocean Eyes - Owl City

Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic 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. The wooziness is reflected in Adam’s voice, which is whisper-soft, quiet and nasal, like a man whose parents sleep lightly and have to get up early for work. All of which makes Ocean Eyes a frustrating listen, or an enchanting one, depending on your stomach for meadow-skipping whimsy.
  5. 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]
  6. 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.
  7. A handful of ballads do add variety to the album's pace, but Owl City is largely a vehicle for the one song Adam Young knows how to make.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 40
    The result is earworms aplenty, but any angst feels airbrushed, the effect is rather like rlaxing to a mobile phone commercial. [Apr 2010, p.95]
  12. Love songs like "On the Wing"--a ballad with a plush, twinkling electro beat where the singer lies awake dreaming of his beloved-- are serious mush, like an amorous e-mail you'll regret in the morning.
  13. What sounds charming on the first few listens loses its ­attraction, and soon one feels one is drinking Um Bongo instead of fruit juice: the sugar rush turns sickly and it becomes a little hard to stomach.
  14. It’s all very pretty sounding on paper, but in reality lazily produced and poorly written.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 75 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 20
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 20
  3. Negative: 4 out of 20
  1. 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. Full Review »
  2. 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. Full Review »
  3. sarahs
    Oct 12, 2009
    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. Full Review »