Don’t be fooled by the beachy vibes of Owl City’s hit single “Good Time” — frontman/mastermind Adam Young is way less interested in the shore than he is in amateur astronomy.
At least that’s how it seems on his brand new album, The Midsummer Station, which was released today and has already hit No. 1 on iTunes.
Owl City, who formerly topped the Hot 100 with “Fireflies,” his trenchant exploration of twinkly lightning bugs, has developed an even stronger penchant for nature-based melodrama on Station, and it seems the celestial themes have completely taken over his writing. Skies burst, rainbows glitter, stars shine, people shine — everything shines, perhaps, but the melodies.
Check out Young’s most over-the-top lines below:
10. In which he says “shine” for the first time
“When the sun goes down and the lights burn out
Then it’s time for you to shine brighter than a shooting star
So shine no matter where you are”
9. In which he says “shine” some more
“I don’t need the stars in the night
I found my treasure
All I need is you by my side
So shine forever”
8. Seriously. We’re still shining…
“‘Cause we’re burning bright as we all unite
And when it’s all said and done, we’ll shine like the sun
So don’t let the fire die”
7. And now the sky is bursting.
“There were skies that burst open with a downpour to drown me alive
But the world took a spark like a match in the dark
And the fire brought me to life”
6. Oh boy, now colors are bursting, too.
“Let your colors burn and brightly burst
Into a million sparks that all disperse
And illuminate a world that’ll try to bring you down”
5. Nothing sexier than a criminal investigation metaphor
“You got the right to remain right here with me
I’m on your tail in a hot pursuit
Love is a high speed chase racing down the street
Woo woo woo, I’m coming after you”
4. So. Many. Space. Metaphors.
“I can see our future through the atmosphere
Don’t you go, no don’t you go
Don’t you know, I’m up here alone
Yeah I am like a satellite
Sending you a signal tonight”
3. This is pure insanity.
“Through the skies you’re en route at the speed of light
So realize there’s chaos in the air tonight
This is love, this is war, this is pure insanity”
2. Sad Rainbow
“I’m a silhouette
Chasing rainbows on my own
But the more I try to move on
The more I feel alone”
1. Even “consolation prize” wouldn’t have been a compliment
“With oh so many clouds across my summer sky
You, my constellation prize
Yeah every single star is sparkling in your eyes”
Disclaimer: I’ve generally been a fan of Owl City over the years, especially this under-appreciated gem. But I think he may have finally jumped the shark — or more accurately, the unicorn. Readers, what’s your take?
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