Owl City’s debut record, Ocean Eye, put Adam Young (the only fulltime member of Owl City) on the map in 2009 showcasing a synthpop, electronica style that was conjured up in his parents’ basement and gained widespread notoriety via Myspace. And he’s not done yet. Young’s newest album, Midsummer Station, has a few singles itself such as “Good Time” (featuring Carly Rae Jepsen) and “Shooting Star” up its sleeve, but don’t let the mainstream success fool you. Midsummer Station is more than just another record put out to make money; it goes deeper than that. Young has a message to tell, one that is motivational and inspiring. Though his music may not be in the “Christian & Gospel” category on iTunes, Young conveys truth through offering positive encouragement to those who may be struggling in darkness. Owl City expresses art through venues that are different than most other Christian artists, but the album’s lyrics reveal Young to be a believer. He says, “I feel like if I were ever to hide the fact that [my faith is] so important to me, it would be a crime, that I should probably be put in jail for that.” The combination of a pop-heavy sound with his inventive use of words and imagery certainly entices the ear to this unique blend.
More: Songs such as “Silhouette” and “Metropolis” bring about the realness and sincerity of this album.
Less: The synth, drumbeats, and vocal effects are what gives Owl City its unique sound, but tend to distract the listener from the message Young is so passionate about.