- 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: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,969 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Ocean Eyes CD
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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.
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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Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.
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"....
Now i heard a few songs by the "band" and i thought id try listening to the new album and bought it after hearing a few samples.
I have to say the album has grown on me and is full of happy mellow music and, as the album was produced by Relient K frontman Matthew Theiseen, it does seem to have an electro-pop Relient K feel to it which certainly is not a bad thing.
Obviously the stand out track is "Fireflies" however "Hello Seattle", "The bird and the worm" and "The Saltwater room" are starting to becoming good standout tracks but it is down to personal prefernce.
The album sounds beautiful and clear and seems to have a "summer" feel to it, probably perfect for a summer holiday :)
Id say if your a fan of this type of music, Relient K or Hellogoodbye (as thats the kinda style this album seems to have soundwise) give it a go, you may be plesantly surprised...
There's great piano, synth and guitar work to admire here along with nicely placed electronic effects. I won't go into to detail about the songs because I think that's a journey you've got to take yourself in your own way but I'll mark out my favourites and the ones I don't think are quite as good, but I'm just one fan out of many of course.
The bonus disc makes the difference here as I believe it has one of the best Owl City songs ever made; the "Hello Seattle" remix. Once you take the chords of that song, take out all of the weird auto tuned lyrics just leaving "Hello Seattle" and make it bouncy it's an amazing transformation. I'm not trying to put Adam's lyric writing down here because it can be very good, but on certain songs I find myself listening to the music above the lyrics. "Hot Air Balloon" is another nice tune and "Sunburn" makes it a nice top 3 of the bonus songs. Apart from that the other four songs aren't much to get excited about on the bonus disc.
As a physical album it's very nice - folds out with nice artwork like a "Deluxe Edition" should.
Overall? Well as Adam Young said about "All Things Bright and Beautiful", the follow-up to "Ocean Eyes", "It feels a lot more finished than the last one was".Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great Album. Feels very nostalgic because it reminds me of my childhoodPublished 1 month ago by Cajon Girl
Great album. You'll love it just as much as me - just go for it!Published 6 months ago by R. Jackson
The disc worked fine or being second hand. Love the album borrowed is once and decided to get if for myself.Published 12 months ago by lcelcel3aby
Bought as a present so no idea about the content,but price was good.Published 13 months ago by Ian Webster