Ocean Eyes - Owl City
User Score
6.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 75 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 50 out of 75
  2. Negative: 23 out of 75

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  1. Jul 30, 2013
    10
    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.
  2. Nov 6, 2010
    10
    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.
  3. Nov 6, 2010
    10
    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.
  4. Dec 6, 2010
    8
    Score: 9.0
    First, I want some of the people out here to do me a favor - stop hating on Young like he is some kind of witch! The Postal Service and Owl City reminisce the same music style, yes, but Young's vocals and talent for making great beats that glue it all together already differentiate him from the other group, AND it is very recognisable in the second studio album, Ocean Eyes. For
    Score: 9.0
    First, I want some of the people out here to do me a favor - stop hating on Young like he is some kind of witch! The Postal Service and Owl City reminisce the same music style, yes, but Young's vocals and talent for making great beats that glue it all together already differentiate him from the other group, AND it is very recognisable in the second studio album, Ocean Eyes. For example, Cave In, Hello Seattle, Fireflies and The Tip Of The Iceberg - songs like these are one of their kind. And one more song which is one of the best IMO - Meteor Shower. First, only a single piano plays a 1 minute long intro. Then Young hops in, emotionally singing the line "I can finally see/That you're right there beside me", and the with the next few seconds his talent shows up. The song blooms as Young is singing on maximum amp, similar to the song This Is The Future from his first studio album. Calmness, mellow tunes and beats - all of these attributes make you hum some of the songs until late night.

    To sum it up, Ocean Eyes is a great album and even if you have mixed opinions on electronica and synthpop, you cannot miss it. The number of downloads this album has on iTunes already say it all.
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  5. Jul 10, 2011
    10
    Ocean Eyes, like it's title, is just flat out beautiful. Every song has you tapping your toes and smiling. Adam Young has a very good sense of humor and a very colorful personality and you really see those qualities in this work of art.
  6. 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 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 likeOcean 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
    3
    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.
  8. Jul 1, 2012
    10
    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
  9. Oct 5, 2013
    10
    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 TheOwl 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
Metascore
53

Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. 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.
  2. 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.''
  3. 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.