Ocean Eyes by Owl City

Most people know Owl City for their most popular song, “Fireflies”, a beautifully written piece that topped the charts for weeks on end. What most people don’t know, however, is that “Fireflies” is only part of an entire album, filled to the brim with music just as good, if not better, than the hit song. The CD, often described as an “electronic symphony”, is truly incredible to listen to. I played it over and over again for at least three months and still wasn’t sick of it.

Ocean Eyes, the newest CD, is packed with a type of music that is completely unique. The most noticeable difference to me is the lack of obscene lyrics. Yet although the songs are completely G-rated, they are not anything like the predictable sing-song-y tunes that grace children’s CD’s. Owl City cleverly incorporates the catchy melodies and cute lyrics of kids’ songs with a pop music sound, electronic inserts, and love interest. What you end up with is interesting, and certainly beautiful to listen to.

Some songs I would recommend on the CD are “Vanilla Twilight”, “On the Wing”, and “hello Seattle” (a must-listen for every Seattleite). I was especially blown away by these, and suggest listening to them, even if you don’t get the entire album. An easy way to try them out with having to spend any money is to get them from the library. Some of them might have a waiting list but it’s well worth the wait!

Owl City’s music is often described as similar to that of the Postal Service and Modest Mouse, though the themes are brighter and the tunes much more up-beat. It is definitely the type of CD that deserves anyone and everyone’s full attention and listening.

-Beatrice

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