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The Midsummer Station

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All Music Guide - Fred Thomas
Adam Young's sugary emo electronica pop as Owl City has been a highly polarizing entity since he broke through in a huge way with runaway single "Fireflies" in 2009. Critics and naysayers dismissed the project as a watered-down Postal Service ripoff way too late in the game, but millions and millions of fans dismissed the critics and made the song an international chart-topper. While "Fireflies" was a really rare accidental Top 40 hit recorded by Young in his basement, The Midsummer Station is tailored for commercial radio. Owl City has never shied away from big-sounding pop with emo underpinnings, and The Midsummer Station goes as big as possible. Young brings in ...
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All Music Guide - Fred Thomas
Adam Young's sugary emo electronica pop as Owl City has been a highly polarizing entity since he broke through in a huge way with runaway single "Fireflies" in 2009. Critics and naysayers dismissed the project as a watered-down Postal Service ripoff way too late in the game, but millions and millions of fans dismissed the critics and made the song an international chart-topper. While "Fireflies" was a really rare accidental Top 40 hit recorded by Young in his basement, The Midsummer Station is tailored for commercial radio. Owl City has never shied away from big-sounding pop with emo underpinnings, and The Midsummer Station goes as big as possible. Young brings in production assistance from hitmakers Stargate for the Euro-house rave touches of "Shooting Star" and co-writes several songs with Katy Perry writer/engineer Emily Wright. Electronic four-on-the-floor beats are huge, production is loud and garish, and the hooks announce themselves with all the subtlety of a sledgehammer. It's by-the-numbers big-budget pop. Obvious single "Good Time" finds Young duetting with Justin Bieber-approved tween pop star Carly Rae Jepsen on a huge summery production about hanging out, partying, and nothing in particular. It's a great example of a dumb, fun pop song done right, and along with the slightly more sophisticated "Metropolis" and the rocked-out moments of "Dementia" (the latter aided by blink-182's Mark Hoppus), it's one of the album's standouts.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/21/2012
  • Label: Republic
  • UPC: 602537072057
  • Catalog Number: 001701302
  • Sales rank: 27,967

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Dreams And Disasters (3:45)
  2. 2 Shooting Star (4:07)
  3. 3 Gold (3:56)
  4. 4 Dementia (3:31)
  5. 5 I'm Coming After You (3:30)
  6. 6 Speed Of Love (3:27)
  7. 7 Good Time - Carly Rae Jepsen (3:25)
  8. 8 Embers (3:45)
  9. 9 Silhouette (4:11)
  10. 10 Metropolis (3:38)
  11. 11 Take It All Away (3:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Owl City Primary Artist
Mark Hoppus Vocals
Chris Carmichael Strings
Matthew Thiessen Background Vocals
Keith Kenniff Synthesizer, Bass, Drums
Dustin Sauder Guitar
Koool Kojak Musician
Adam Young Musician, Group Member
Tor Erik Hermansen Musician
Carly Rae Jepsen Vocals
Josh Crosby Background Vocals, Musician
Mikkel S. Eriksen Musician
The Minneapolis Youth Chorus Vocals
Technical Credits
Ted Jensen Mastering
Brian Lee Composer, Additional Production
Sandy Brummels Art Direction
Stargate Producer
Emily Wright Composer
Andy Cook Booking
Ryan Stewart Vocal Producer
Danny D. Executive Producer
Sam Hollander Composer
Matthew Thiessen Composer, Vocal Producer
Miles Walker Engineer
Tim Blacksmith Executive Producer
Jenna Davis Vocal Editing
Steve Bursky Executive Producer, Management
Brian Manning Booking
Koool Kojak Producer, Engineer
Andrew Schubert Engineer
Adam Young Composer, Producer, Engineer, Vocal Engineer, Additional Production
Tor Erik Hermansen Composer
Brad Townsend Engineer
Nate Company Composer
Chris Holmes Vocal Engineer
Jeff Krones Booking
Rob Stevenson Executive Producer
Marlene Tsuchii Booking
Josh Crosby Composer, Producer, Engineer
Mikkel S. Eriksen Composer, Engineer
Dan Omelio Composer
Allan P. Grigg Composer
Ken Friessen Engineer
Gediminas Pranckevicius Artwork
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3.5
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  • Posted June 7, 2013

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    this album is intense and meaningful adn just beyond words. I lo

    this album is intense and meaningful adn just beyond words. I love silhouette. It's so beautiful and the sound moves you. shooting star, gold, adn good time are really fun adn fast and loud songs. good album for those who like mainstream songs

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  • Posted August 23, 2012

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    I love this album!!

    I love this album!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2012

    Not the best of Owl City, but I still like it.

    Not the best of Owl City, but I still like it.

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    Posted September 26, 2012

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