All Things Bright And Beautiful Two years ago, Owl City (a.k.a. Adam Young) topped the Hot 100 with his emo-electro ditty "Fireflies," perhaps the wimpiest tune to pull off that… All Things Bright And Beautiful Two years ago, Owl City (a.k.a. Adam Young) topped the Hot 100 with his emo-electro ditty "Fireflies," perhaps the wimpiest tune to pull off that… 2011-06-14 Owl City Pop Universal Republic
Music Review

All Things Bright and Beautiful (2011)

Owl City | A CITY OF ONE Adam Young, a.k.a. Owl City
A CITY OF ONE Adam Young, a.k.a. Owl City
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Jun 14, 2011; Lead Performance: Owl City; Genre: Pop; Production: Universal Republic

Two years ago, Owl City (a.k.a. Adam Young) topped the Hot 100 with his emo-electro ditty ''Fireflies,'' perhaps the wimpiest tune to pull off that feat since James Blunt's ''You're Beautiful.'' So has success boosted Young's swagger? Hardly. ''It's suffocating to say,'' he coos, ''but the female mystique takes my breath away.'' Awww. Even on All Things Bright and Beautiful's grandly titled ''The Yacht Club,'' he laments that his heart ''can't harbor this paddleboat.'' B–

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Originally posted Jun 08, 2011 Published in issue #1159 Jun 17, 2011 Order article reprints