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The Midsummer Station

Owl CityAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)

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In the state of Minnesota lies a small town called Owatonna with roughly twenty-two thousand inhabitants; within that city is a quiet road with a modest house. In that house there’s an unkempt basement with no windows. Within those confines you’ll find Adam Young of Owl City hard at work, creating his electronic and melodically infectious brand of music with a simple and singular ... Read more in Amazon's Owl City Store

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  • Audio CD (August 21, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Republic
  • ASIN: B008E374PO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,186 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Dreams and Disasters
2. Shooting Star
3. Gold
4. Dementia (feat. Mark Hoppus)
5. I m Coming After You
6. Speed of Love
7. Good Time
8. Embers
9. Silhouette
10. Metropolis
11. Take It All Away

Editorial Reviews

2012 release, the fourth studio album from singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Owl City AKA Adam Young. The album shows a shift towards a darker yet more Dance-oriented direction. "I grew up listening to Dance music and I've always wanted to make a Dance record," Young says. "European dance music has so much influence over pop right now, so it made sense to me.''

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95 of 101 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Owl City without the Whimsy August 23, 2012
By Soren
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I would not call this album bad. It was a very enjoyable listen, but it lacked the things that I loved about Owl City and the things that made Owl City stand apart. There are two areas where I noticed major differences.

One, the lyrics. Previous Owl City albums had quirky poetic words that left the listener in a state of whimsy and wonder. In this album, everything is very simple and plainly stated. Adam is simply telling you things rather than painting a picture. And, the subject matter is less inspired. In previous albums, Owl City had a unique voice and had valuable ideas to contribute. In this album, almost every song is the same "believe in yourself and you can accomplish anything" that everyone in my "I'm so special" generation is singing about.

Two, the music. In "Ocean Eyes" and "All Things Bright and Beautiful", Owl City created beautiful masterpieces of synthetic symphony. He utilized several sounds and layered them in a complex and compelling way. When recording my own music, I had always held Owl City as the pinnacle of great mixing and great orchestration. With this new album, the music is very basic and repetitive. None of the songs take you on the kind of journey that "Cave In" or "Umbrella Beach" did.

I will say that I still love Owl City and I did enjoy this album, but this feels more like a step back than a step forward. I hope that in the future we hear more songs like the ones on "Ocean Eyes" and "All Things Bright and Beautiful".
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, Innocent, and So Catchy August 21, 2012
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Owl City's Adam Young already struck gold a few years ago with his single "Fireflies." It would be hard to predict if his 4th full-length album, THE MIDSUMMER STATION, would be as successful, but if the early success of hit single "Good Time," is any indication, it may be bigger than his breakthrough record.

THE MIDSUMMER STATION is checkered with collaborations and guest-appearances, so it feels a bit more varied than Owl City's OCEAN EYES. The album begins with one of its hardest hitters: "Dreams and Disasters." It's a song that's fully of energy, and it's given a thick layer of electronic production. The song is followed with the fantastic "Shooting Star," a pop song with a hook so catchy, you'll want to throw it on repeat. If you happen to make it to the third track, "Gold," the song is pretty standard by Owl City's standards. Marked by soft electronic music, light synthesizers, produced vocals, and happy lyrics, it's a good representation of the album as a whole. THE MIDSUMMER STATION is an album in search of a good time, and Adam Young brings it with his innocent brand of fun. The Mark Hoppus (from Blink 182) collaboration "Dementia" feels like a late-era Blink 182 song, with all of its punk-rock and poppy chorus. The other notable collaboration, "Good Time" features Carly Rae Jepsen (of "Call Me Maybe" fame), is already receiving heavy rotation on the radio for its catchy, summer-ready melody. The slower tracks on the album also work exceptionally well. Owl City strips away all of the production for the bare piano-ballad "Silhouette." Closing track "Take it all Away" is a ballad that recounts a heartbreak in pretty painstaking detail.

I would recommend THE MIDSUMMER STATION to listeners who are looking for a light, breezy pop record.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Midsummer Sensation August 21, 2012
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The majority of us first stumbled upon Adam Young, the musician called Owl City, it was through the quadruple platinum selling single "Fireflies" which came from out of left field (Owatonna, Minnesota to be precise) to become a No. 1 smash hit in 24 countries. It was totally outside of the mainstream music establishment and presented the world a new one-man-band-singer-songwriter who was lyrical, quirky, melodic, talented, self-contained and exactly what the major record labels were not promoting. Thanks to an equally off beat, original music video "Fireflies" was everywhere a couple of years ago despite critical complaints that Owl City could be twee, cloying, unsophisticated and unoriginal. Yet somehow it rose above the cluttered marketplace, bringing Owl City's second full length CD "Ocean Eyes" to the upper reaches of the album charts.

However "Fireflies'" follow-up "Vanilla Twilight" was unable to match even a small measure of its predecessor's success (it's tough to break a single when the hit it's following won't go away). Similarly Owl City's 2011 album "All Things Bright And Beautiful" failed to make much of an impact. It looked like Owl City was a prime candidate for One Hit Wonder status. But something changed and, thanks to DJs like David Guetta and deadMaus and bands like LMFAO and Hot Chelle Rae, suddenly EDM (electronic dance music) took center chart space in the mainstream of 2012 pop music. And who better to reclaim that spotlight than our man Adam Young.

According to Amazon, "His eye-popping success has made Owl City an international phenomenon, selling nearly 12 million tracks worldwide and amassing an impressive touring record.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Something New, but lacking. September 1, 2012
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Ever since I heard 'Ocean Eyes' I have been hooked on Adam Young and his creative musical work. I had no idea that there was a new album coming out this year, espcially since 'All Things Bright & Beautiful' was released just a year ago.

'The Midsummer Station' is something very different from the previous Owl City albums. It seems that the soft synthesizer has given away to more up beat and sometimes harder sounds, which is not a bad thing. Teaming up with Carley Rae Jepsin and Blink 182s Mark Hoppus gives you two of the better songs on the album, but also songs like Shooting Star and Metropolis also highlight this record. The style is also very different, very much like the Europian Techno sound that is very popular in music right now. Still, there is one thing I am not so happy about and it's that the whimisical lyrics seem to have left to make room for a little more mainstreem typical lyrics. None of these songs have that same magic as Fireflies and The Yacht Club. However this album is not bad at all and I am very inrigued by this new and unexpected direction Owl City is taking. It is leaving me very interested in what lies ahead.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars It's wonderful
It is different. That's all. Every one complains about how owl city has changed and blah blah well he didn't have much a choice with this. Read more
Published 27 days ago by gabby blume
3.0 out of 5 stars Like others, I really
Like others, I really, really, really wanted to love this recording. But it is certainly not my go-to Owl City music. Read more
Published 1 month ago by H. Rigby
5.0 out of 5 stars Granddaughter's wish list
Bought this for a granddaughter at her request. She was so happy - apparently it's a very good book. True happiness!
Published 1 month ago by Barbara J.
3.0 out of 5 stars Missing code for online download?
Album was received in a timely manner and in good condition; however, there was message that the code for the online download was in the box but we can not locate it.
Published 1 month ago by alice streety
2.0 out of 5 stars It's okay
This album feels a lot more forced (and repetitive) than their previous one and has a more techno vibe to it.
Published 3 months ago by Meggie T
5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner from Owl City!
I love this group. They are super fun to listen to and one of the rare groups that I can listen to every song with enjoyment!
Published 3 months ago by Kristopher Landmeier
5.0 out of 5 stars A little different but just as good
When I first listened to this album, I did recognize that is was quite different from his other ones. I love both his older songs as well as all the songs in this album. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Hannah Lang
4.0 out of 5 stars Good album
I don't understand why people are saying Adam's record company forced this. I like most of the songs off of the album, but some were 'ehhh'. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jacklyn B
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great cd.
I really like to listen to upbeat music from time to time. This Album does the trick. Just fun music.
Published 4 months ago by M. Marino
5.0 out of 5 stars Loving it
My daughter got this cd for Christmas. She loves it. It is now on her and her siblings mp3s. They love Owl City.
Published 5 months ago by C. Vorwaller
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