The Midsummer Station is another Adam Young special

Juliet Brooks ('13)/Eastside Editor-in-Chief

Personally, I would not want to be hugged by ten million fireflies, but it must be the secret to Owl City’s success… Adam Young’s The Midsummer Station is his fourth full-length album full of happy-go-lucky pop-tronic songs.

Owl City has a signature sound, and Young does not do much to play around with his electronic reputation. Though the album hardly veers from Owl City’s traditional path, the music is catchy and light. It is refreshing to hear an album whose tone is feel-good inspirational, and Young’s light music makes even his sadder songs sound upbeat.

The single “Good Time,” a duet with Carly Rae Jepsen released on June 26, is certainly an adequate sampling of the rest of the album—catchy lyrics, a fun theme and electronic sound effects. The best thing about “Good Time,” and the rest of Young’s album, is the lack of most themes usually found in today’s pop music staples: Yes, Young and Jepsen have apparently attended a party, but instead of singing about the more unsavory aspects of the experience (so popular with other contemporary artists), the two keep their lyrics wholesome.

Young also focuses on motivating anthems in his album. The songs “Shooting Star” and “Embers” both carry inspirational messages, although both also smack of Katy Perry. “Shooting Star,” with lyrics like “Let your colors burn and brightly burst into a million sparks that all disperse and illuminate a world that’ll try to bring you down, but not this time,” is especially reminiscent of Perry’s “Fireworks” (a song that also carried a semi-auto-tuned feel). “Embers” talks about continuing on in spite of adversity: “When it’s all said and done, we’ll shine like the sun, so don’t let the fire die.” In spite of the similar lyrics, both songs are pick-me-ups.

This album certainly has a few romantic songs, and the song “Silhouette” wins the prize for “closest thing to a ballad on this album.” The song, which channels “Vanilla Twilight,” a hit from Owl City’s Open Eyes, is slower than the others on the album.

While most of the songs on Young’s new album are mini-hits straight out of older Owl City albums, he misses majorly with “I’m Coming After You.” This song, with its acoustic undertones, is channeling Weird Al’s “Do I Creep You Out?” Lyrics like “Don’t be alarmed but you don’t know me yet” and “You have the right to remain here with me, I’m on your tail in a hot pursuit” certainly do not call to mind the cutesy lovelorn character that Young must have intended.

Overall, Adam Young continues to do what he has always done—and that is absolutely fine. Just like “Fireflies” before, Young’s newest songs will be stuck in your head for weeks. His fourth album is perfect as a background track for a long night of homework.