77 of 89 people found the following review helpful
Syrup? Maybe. Amazingly produced? Yes.
, December 3, 2009
You'll see a lot of media claptrap about Owl City being a Postal Service knockoff. This is mostly because people in general are sheep who can't look beyond the only similarities (the voices, electronic music, general tone) to look more critically at two albums (Give Up vs Ocean Eyes) and see they don't have that much in common. For anyone who follows their music it becomes apparent that Jimmy Tamborello and Adam Young get to some of the same places in very different ways and both can be very entertaining.
What you will notice about Ocean Eyes is that even when the tone and lyrics go a little overboard in the sap department you can be absolutely dazzled by the mindbogglingly intricate production, and the fervent attention to detail that has been put into this album. Literally every moment of this CD has been filled with some kind of hook. Often the foreground and background mixes are fading in and out from each other with a keen understanding of how long to linger on any individual beat, when to separate, and then when to join them back together. For anyone who has actually sat down a tried to do this you know how hard it is to make it right. Owl City gets it right on almost every track. The result is a house feel that never overstays its welcome a always feels fresh. The deep, layered instrumentation is almost the polar opposite of Jimmy Tamborello's much more minimalist approach, and it works just as well from the opposite direction. The depth of the album is only added to by the tight adherence to its concept. All the tracks work together to make a real album in its entirety. A welcome change. Technically, this is the event horizon of Pro Tools recording.
Ignore the haters. This is one of the best mainstream electronic music releases this year, and for those who enjoy hearing a master DJ who can (gasp!) actually play a few instruments... well you'll love this album.