OWL CITY The Midsummer Station
Release Date Aug. 21
Adam Young may not feel an explicit mission to make the '80s safe for the 21st century, but that's certainly what he achieves on Owl City's fourth album, The Midsummer Station. The set is bathed in sunshine melodies, uptempo hooks and buoyant choruses that recall MTV's early days. Young oozes frothy positivity through the urgent thump of "Dreams and Disasters," the energetic bounce of the Stargate-produced single "Shooting Star," the stuttering chorus of "Gold" and the effervescent sweep of "Metropolis." Elsewhere, "Good Time" wraps Carly Rae Jepsen, Relient K's Matt Thiessen and the Minneapolis Youth Chorus into giddy, summery exuberance. "I'm Coming After You" and "Speed of Love" are driven by a more contemporary brand of club thump, while Mark Hoppus' feature on "Dementia" gives an idea of what Blink-182 might sound like with a full-time synth player.
The Midsummer Station isn't all ecstatic: The angst of romantic breakup marks "Silhouette" and the Kool Kojak-produced album closer "Take It All Away." But Young keeps his cool in the latter as he promises, "I won't let it show until you've finally flown away."