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Tossed To And Fro!
on 31 October 2012
Album rating: 3.5 stars
- Fun songs
- Well produced
- Enthusiastic and encouraging lyrics
- Honest (Silhouette)
- Beautiful album art
- Too mainstream
- Co-producers too involved
- Lyrics aren't as imaginative or dreamy
- Doesn't sound like Owl City
- Some lyrics are way off of Adam's usual style***
- Very repetitive songs
- Short album
- Lacks originality (while Adam is usually very unique sounding, this album copies many "already-done" sounds)
***Bombshell Blonde - talking about girls in a way that he doesn't usually. (I remember the purity of If My Heart Was A House)
- Speed Of Love
- Take It All Away
- I'm Coming After You
Like but not love:
- The rest of them...
Although I have listed "least favourites" above, I still like things about these songs.
I never could make up my mind about this album.
I absolutely adore Adam Young's previous work (especially Ocean Eyes and All Things Bright And Beautiful).
When I first heard the album, I hated it. One of my main problems with the album as a whole is that it wasn't written completely by Adam, but with outside help. This was a negative in my mind since Adam had always done so well when he worked alone on the music. I loved watching the making of ATBAB. It just showed Adam going away by himself to create the music from his own imagination. And this in my mind, is how Adam works best.
However, the album has grown on me the past couple of months. I can appreciate the "capturing magic within a 3 minute pop song" challenge that Adam set himself. (I still think that Adam could've achieved this better alone.)
The songs are very "catchy". I find myself singing them for a while after I hear them (just like radio *sigh*).
I'm very glad though that Adam's music is getting played on the radio, since it is so opposite to what we usually hear on the radio (clubs, sex, drugs).
Lyrically, the songs are very enthusiastic. Some are still quite quirky and even fun.