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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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Product details

  • Audio CD (15 Feb 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B002WUWG4Y
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,336 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Cave In
2. The Bird and The Worm
3. Hello Seattle
4. Umbrella Beach
5. The Saltwater Room
6. Dental Care
7. Meteor Shower
8. On The Wing
9. Fireflies
10. The Tip Of The Iceberg
11. Vanilla Twilight
12. Tidal Wave

Product Description

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Ocean Eyes is the self-produced breakthrough album from synth-pop songwriter Adam Young's Owl City project. The album features the massive single "Fireflies", which hit number one on the Billboard Chart, becoming the fastest-selling electronic/alternative track of all time, before peaking at number one in the UK chart.


BBC Review

As any busker will tell you, a one-man-band is a dangerous thing to be. Unless you’re the kind of natural genius who can play every instrument to a standard higher than your average session musician, there is always the chance the music you make will be less than the sum of your parts.

Adam Young, for all that he is highly skilled with his recording equipment, occasionally sounds like a man who needs an editor: someone to pull his best ideas together, weed out the silly bits and help finish his songs off properly.

It’s understandable that his music has ended up as unfocussed as it is, given that he only started working on Owl City material as a way to tackle a nasty bout of insomnia. His songs are riddled with rhyming couplets which could only make sense at 4am, or have melodies which snoozily refuse to wander too far from their nice comfy root. They all strike the same tone too:  it’s late, my eyelids are drooping, and I’m thinking mad thoughts.

The wooziness is reflected in Adam’s voice, which is whisper-soft, quiet and nasal, like a man whose parents sleep lightly and have to get up early for work.

All of which makes Ocean Eyes a frustrating listen, or an enchanting one, depending on your stomach for meadow-skipping whimsy. There’s no denying that Adam can create a pretty picture. On The Wing, for example, is a valiant mix of undulating strings, ticker-tape percussion and sparkling glockenspiel which is begging for a quirky cartoon to soundtrack.

On the other hand, Dental Care is a string of observations about a trip to the dentist. It’s not even a metaphorical or magical dentist: just a dentist.

Ultimately, it’s unfair to examine Owl City’s music too rigorously. Adam Young’s muse comes from timeless, ageless, weightless places, like the Hundred Acre Wood, or Mole and Ratty’s riverbank. The fact that Winnie the Pooh could – and did – write better lyrics is neither here nor there.  Not everyone has a Christopher Robin to come and save them from themselves. --Fraser McAlpine

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Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Tom on 4 Jan 2010
Format: Audio CD
I got the import version of this from marketplace Ocean Eyes as it came out in the states last year, annoying that it takes so long to get it sorted with a uk distributor, anyway was about the same price with postage from states.

From start to finish its the nice blippy bloppy synth sounds that if you like Postal Service Give Up or Imogen HeapEllipseSpeak For Yourself then you will probably like this. It's very good, my only concern is that it is maybe a bit too pop for me, but I can be a bit of a music snob so 99% of people ignore me and if you think you are that other 1% have a listen. My highlight is Fireflies which is what I heard first, but it is all very nice. Nice lyrics too. Suggest checking out a famous vid streaming site for the singles to listen to that other famous audio streaming site. :D Very good album indeed!! I couldn't wait until next year and I like my music legal and so should you!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By MyKeyReviews TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Feb 2010
Format: Audio CD
My friend bought this album directly from America and let me listen to it, and I must say I thoroughly enjoyed it.

The music is mixed between Electronica, Sythpop and Alternative genres. The music is most different from other kind of music, but has such a nice tune to all the songs... Kinda makes you happy when listening to it.

This album also features the track "Fireflies" which Hit the US & Canadian Hot 100 #1, but my favourite tracks are Saltwater Room, Meteor Shower & On The Wing.

I've pre-ordered mine, and I recommend it to you also.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. L. Hughes on 18 Jan 2010
Format: Audio CD
Basically just to agree with the previous review. A very well written album. Superb lyrics ever so slight poppy when you compare to postal service but still a very nice all round album. deffinitely worth the purchase. i came accross it by accident and am now really glad i did
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Woon Hoong Chin on 2 Nov 2009
Format: Audio CD
This album is such a rare treat. It has been years since I came across an album with mostly great tracks. I cannot point a finger to what makes this a great album. Some tracks feel like someone forgot to turn on the equalizer. However, they grew on me. Definitely the kind of music that you will enjoy on a chilly but crisp morning driving across sweeping plains. Uplifting and unassuming. Notable tracks are 'The Saltwater Room' (like the above reviewer, it's Scritti Politti revisited), 'On The Wing', the magical 'Fireflies' and 'Vanilla Twilight' (wistful). Highly recommended for fans of synthpop and for those who needed to draw the curtains and let the sun shine through.
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By jax on 21 Jun 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Love the song Fireflies - which is why I took a gamble on the album and it has paid off.
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By DPVC on 9 May 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I'm an EDM fan in general, I listen to dubstep, I like the occasional deep beat and grinding bass. Why would I listen to this? Simply, its one of the most lyrically and sonically inventive EDM and Pop albums you'll ever listen to.
I won't talk about Fireflies (which is what Adam Young is most associated with, its on this album), the songs here are as equally good and still have that catchy hook. The album has a brilliant opener (Cave In) which features Young's twisting take on EDM (the time changes are effective, and still leave an impression) and the tracks become more varied from there (The Saltwater Room, Vanilla Twilight and The bird and the worm aren't exactly EDM)
Its not hard to see why this is his most popular album.
My criticism of the album is that lyrically it can be twee (he's not an artist most people admit to listening to). Definitely filed under guilty pleasure. And those who don't like auto-tune, you won't like this either.
For those who like this, I can recommend the "Of June" EP (the first three tracks are simply mesmerising) and "All Things Bright and Beautiful"....
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By Doodler on 13 Oct 2013
Format: Audio CD
Pleasing to listen to. Not something to listen to constantly. Owl City have a unique, modern, electronic sound. You either really like it or hate it.
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Had heard a few tracks and loved the sound.Great to get them on CD but a little disappointed that a lot of tracks sounded the same to me.
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