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  • Artist(s): Adam Young
  • Summary: The fifth full-length release for Adam Young's electronic project features guest appearances from Aloe Blacc, Hanson, Britt Nicole, Jake Owen, and Sarah Russell.
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Verge
I ain't too sure what I believe in But I believe in what I see and when I close my eyes I see my whole life ahead of me These are our hours (These... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Jul 20, 2015
    60
    Young still doesn't do darkness as well as light but Mobile Orchestra shows a willingness to grow and change that makes it the most complete portrait of Owl City's music yet.
  2. Jul 10, 2015
    58
    Nothing on Mobile Orchestra indicates he’s found his new muse, but it reveals a well of passion for that discovery.
  3. Jul 10, 2015
    50
    These carefully manicured, melodic songs are much too transparent and lightweight, though, to leave much of an impression.
  4. Jul 10, 2015
    40
    It’s unoriginal and twee.
  5. The artist widened his palette this time, bringing in the country singer Jake Owen on one track, and soul star Aloe Blacc on a song that aims to repeat the magic Blacc struck on Aviici’s “Wake Me Up.” Unfortunately, Young’s nerdy sensibility kills that.
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 16
  2. Negative: 6 out of 16
  1. Jul 12, 2015
    10
    Adam Young= PURE AWESOME SYNTHPOP. I loved every track especially This Isn't The End and Back Home. His collaborations are the best! This is aAdam Young= PURE AWESOME SYNTHPOP. I loved every track especially This Isn't The End and Back Home. His collaborations are the best! This is a must-listen! Expand
  2. Aug 15, 2015
    9
    I liked his wide range of collaborations with different artists
    of different genre in MO. Clearly, his taste of music in this
    album was
    I liked his wide range of collaborations with different artists
    of different genre in MO. Clearly, his taste of music in this
    album was completely new and magical though it lacked in
    some areas. Overall, Verge was an eye opening track to
    look out for, Back Home delivered us his love for country
    songs, Thunderstruck was an excellent EDM, Unbelievable
    wasn't good enough but still lyrically superb, Bird with a
    broken wing exhilarated me with the uptown pop-funk and
    Cant Live Without You was another good EDM. Overall, MO
    unleashes a new feel of music, something that Owl City had
    never done before. This album may well be the opening of a
    new era for Owl City
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  3. Jul 25, 2015
    6
    A decent, if a bit out of place, release from Adam Young as Owl City. Young continues to thrive on charm and kid-like wit, but at times theA decent, if a bit out of place, release from Adam Young as Owl City. Young continues to thrive on charm and kid-like wit, but at times the fun and games come up a bit tiresome and rough (see the album opener with Aloe Blacc, a cut that sounds awkward given that Young and Blacc are not vocally compatible). Some collaborations work incredible, especially "Back Home" that brings in country singer Jake Owens. Collabs or not, Young has talent to be a star but it seems like he's a bit lost in his attempt to grow and blossom as Owl City. Still, there's a chance he rights the ship entirely and blows us away with more of the stuff Fireflies came from. Expand
  4. Apr 20, 2017
    4
    Owl City's music used to be so good. His lyrics were full of creative and emotional imagination that are relatable in the state of daydreamingOwl City's music used to be so good. His lyrics were full of creative and emotional imagination that are relatable in the state of daydreaming which are prominent in the first 3 albums. I noticed in The Midsummer Station and Ultraviolet EP that his quality has declined halfway. But now, it's all bland and no longer in the scene of indietronica, moving forward to mainstream electropop and EDM. I understand how Adam Young wants a change in his sound but I didn't expect to come out like this in Mobile Orchestra (my only favourite song is Thunderstruck). Although I don't carry any hate towards his change in style whilst retaining his electronica influence, Owl City is now dead to me. Expand
  5. Jul 15, 2015
    3
    As a huge Owl City fan, I'm disappointed with this new album in so many ways I can't even put it into words. I honestly never thought I wouldAs a huge Owl City fan, I'm disappointed with this new album in so many ways I can't even put it into words. I honestly never thought I would ever say this but I could barely listen to all of the songs from beginning to end. I literally had to skip every song, and I couldn't help but hope that the next one would be amazing so I wouldn't feel so bad.

    Before Mobile Orchestra I would never say anything like that, there was no "Oh wow I don't like this song at all" while I was listening to any of his songs, and I mean all of them, including the ones from his other projects. I'm so confused and upset because Adam Young is so talented, I truly can't understand what happened.

    To be honest, not all of the songs were actually bad. The gospel ones were the best, but the lyrics. -and before I say anything else: I respect that Adam is a religious person, even though I'm not. I have no interest in any religion, and I'm not the type of person who would say bad things about any religion or judge Adam or anyone for their beliefs - I just couldn't relate to the lyrics and It actually annoyed me, so unfortunately I couldn't listen to those songs either.

    I completely understand and accept that people change and that Adam Young has changed a lot. As an artist he will inevitably change his music all the time, just like he has done before. From Ocean Eyes to The Midsummer Station every track was different, but each one was still great you know?

    With all being said, what I feel about this album couldn't change what I feel about Adam Young at all, I still love him and admire him with all my heart. I honestly can't believe I've said all of this and I feel so bad, I'm literally gonna listen to Ocean Eyes now for 3 days straight, excuse me
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  6. Sep 10, 2015
    3
    As much I like Owl City, this album is just horribly produced. Like The Midsummer Station, the whole album lacks originality and fails in anAs much I like Owl City, this album is just horribly produced. Like The Midsummer Station, the whole album lacks originality and fails in an attempt to create a commercial pop album, which even the collaborations couldn't save. I am not against gospels, but it would've been better if he made a separate gospel album. The gospels clashed dismally with the pop tracks, creating a cacophony when the album is taken as a whole. Even the lyrics on some tracks, especially those with featured artists, are lazily written, not up to par with Young's usual work. The only element that saved the whole album is Young's heavenly voice, but that fails to cover up the horrid flaws evident in this poorly constructed album. Expand
  7. Aug 2, 2015
    0
    It all went wrong with Midsummer Station. After I had listened to the whole album, my jaw dropped. "Was this really made by Adam Young?" wasIt all went wrong with Midsummer Station. After I had listened to the whole album, my jaw dropped. "Was this really made by Adam Young?" was my reaction. I was expecting more of the unique and hard to pin down lyrics that I knew Owl City for. I wanted to hear more electronica style music from him. It made me feel as though someone grabbed hold of him and forced him to make anything but the music he was known for.

    Ultraviolet seemed slightly hopeful, maybe Owl City got the message and was regrouping for a better album? I guess not, because then the Mobile Orchestra train wreck appeared. I want to remain hopeful that Adam can someday make another Ocean Eyes-like album, but I'm not holding my breath.

    Mobile Orchestra has to be the most confused album I've ever heard from Owl City. There's hardly any consistency in style from song to song, and the lyrics are bland and understandable. Owl City lyrics are not supposed to be like that. If you are a classical Owl City fan, don't bother with Mobile Orchestra, it will disappoint.

    There's fine line between chaos and clarity; Owl City used to be able to find that golden line and produced fantastic songs! Perhaps someday Adam will make a comeback after rediscovering that sweet spot? I certainly know he can, but it all boils down to if he wants to.
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