Album Review – Owl City’s “Midsummer Station”

Courtesy of Republic Records
Courtesy of Republic Records

Owl City’s new album, “Midsummer Station,” contains fast, techno style music. Although Midsummer Station is a cute carbon copy of every other Owl City album ever made, I can say that Owl City does know how to make amazing pop songs worthy of the top 40 hit list.

Purely for the sake of this review, I have completely immersed myself in this album for the past week. After becoming comfortable with the songs, I found that most of the low expectations that I held prior to listening to the album were subsiding. After all, Owl City was best known for a single about fireflies, so how deep could their music really be? “Dreams and Disasters” the first song on the album, is lively and loud; “Good Time” featuring Carly Rae Jepsen is a simple song talking about how if you’re with the right people, then it doesn’t matter where you are as you will always have a good time, and last is “Silhouette” a surprisingly deep, meaningful song. I was surprised by this song the most, considering the fact that Owl City does not have a reputation for heartbroken piano ballads. And although all these songs have different styles and emotions being expressed, my single complaint is that they each contain a similar melody, making it hard to decipher one song from another. But, while it lacks originality, it seems to make up for it with addictive and high energy beats.