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Mixed or average reviews- based on 59 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 25 out of 59
  2. Negative: 29 out of 59

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  1. Aug 22, 2012
    Adam has managed to go from a creative, unique, individual artist to a generic, mainstream nobody. No ones gonna remember this album. All it has to offer is hollow and cheesy pop club anthems. Even the lyrics are a HUGE step down from his earlier, witty, amusing and clever lyrics. Now all we get is: "We don't even have to try, its always a good time!" Was that lyric the motto for the creating of this album? Doesn't sound like anyone tried at all. This is a piece of garbage. Only good song is "Dreams & Disasters". HEY ADAM, GUESS WHAT! YOU'VE LOST YOUR ORIGINALITY, CREATIVITY, AND UNIQUENESS. GOODBYE. Expand
  2. Aug 22, 2012
    I have no problem with artists evolving. In fact, I'm glad he changed things up for this album. Also, I'm not even close to being an "Owl Citizen". However, this is just bad generic pop music. I understand that Owl City has always been slighty generic and very cheesy, but this is a new low for him. I like a nice, dumb song when it's done well, like Good Time. But songs like Bombshell Blonde are not... Y'know, let me rephrase this. Bombshell Blonde is unmemorable, generic, stupid, not catchy, boring production until the bridge, and I can barely tell what he's saying. That also goes for a lot of the other songs. This album needs to disappear fast and Owl City needs to try (yet) another direction. Sorry. Expand
  3. Aug 30, 2012
    Unfortunately, this is not one of Young's better albums. I recently composed a track-by-track analysis of The Midsummer Station on a blog I write for, so I don't plan to do that again. Instead, I'm simply going to put the only notable tracks in order from best to worst. Silhouette Metropolis Dementia (feat. Mark Hoppus) Embers Honestly, the rest are comprised of repetitive melodies and pop paradigms. It's the most disappointing album by Owl City and I'm hoping Adam Young doesn't keep up this sad decline into mainstream culture. Collapse
  4. Sep 1, 2012
    It is not necessarily a bad thing when an artist decides to take a new musical direction, but I believe it is in Adam Young's best interest that we state our true impressions. That being said, this album takes everything I love about Owl City and throws it out the window. His quirky metaphoric words have been exchanged for simple and often childish lyrics. I felt as if every song had to include something like "woo woo" or "oh oh oh". The beautiful complexity of his tunes have also been simplified to sound more repetitive and mainstream.
    Really, to understand this album, one must simply take "Fireflies" and compare it to "Good Time". "I like to make myself belieeeeeve that planet eaaarth turns sloowwwwwwlyyy" has turned into "Whoa oh oh oh oh oh oh oh".

Mixed or average reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. 20
    Young's idea of fun is based on an uneasy mix of cheap valedictory philosophizing and infantile daydreaming.
  2. Sep 11, 2012
    They [Adam Young's fans] deserve better. We deserve better. Come to think of it, Adam Young deserves better.
  3. Sep 7, 2012
    Where once he dreamed of Fireflies, now Young just sounds burned out. [Oct 2012, p.108]