There's a reason Owl City has sold more albums than the Postal Service, the short-lived band that more or less wrote the template for Owl City's bubbly electro-pop. Give Up, the Postal Service's 2003 debut, sounded like the soundtrack to an indie film, with subtle samples and knotty, literate lyrics to match. Owl City's music is a big-budget reboot of that record -- the indie flick remade into a summer blockbuster -- and it caters to a far more marketable audience, bypassing the college kids who purchased Give Up and focusing on teenagers whose imaginations have yet to be sullied by adulthood. The 12 songs on All Things Bright and Beautiful, Owl City's third album, certainly demand the audience's imagination -- or at least their willingness to go along with the world Adam Young dreams up, an otherwordly place where the skies look like alligators, the rivers taste like fruit, and emeralds poke their heads out of every rock. The music pops and fizzes with glitchy electronics, which Young splashes throughout the track list like effervescent paint, and the songs all have an otherworldly sound about them, as though they were born in space and sent back to Earth in futuristic clothing. For those who enjoyed 2009's Ocean Eyes, this follow-up is just as sugar-sweet.
Performance CreditsOwl City Primary Artist
Matthew Thiessen Vocals
Steve Bursky Hand Clapping
Hannah Schroeder Cello
Adam Young Group Member
Breanne Düren Vocals
Laura Musten Violin
Shawn Chrystopher Vocals
Joan Young Vocals
Daniel Jorgensen Vibes
Technical CreditsSteve Bursky Executive Producer
Hannah Schroeder String Arrangements
Adam Young Composer,Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements,Art Direction
Laura Musten String Arrangements
Konrad Snyder Engineer
Mark Lee Townsend Engineer
Thomas "Tawgs" Salter Engineer
Shawn Chrystopher Composer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
All Things Bright and Beautiful based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
i love these songs becasue they take things in life or religion, add the awesome owl city touch, and turn them into a song. i have been learning how to play plant life on the piano, and i can't even play piano. kamikaze has this really cool echo sound, deer in the headlights is kind of hilarious, and honey and the bee is adorable especially in the very end
I love this album! every song on here is good!! owl city girl forever!
Like most of the songs, especially Alligator Sky. Music of course is good. It's fun and upbeat with a hint of nostalgia or something. Album cover is nice.
I don't know about the other songs but the first time I listened to Deer in the Headlights, it got stuck in my head and I just couldn't get it out of my head as it repeated over and over! OMG love the Deer in the Headlights!!!
I can't wait, I can't wait, I can't wait, but I have to...Owl City is amazing artist and his new album is just that amazing too. =)
I am a huge fan of Owl City and I am so excited to hear the new CD!