The Midsummer Station Owl City's current smash "Good Time," his sunny, appealingly stompy collaboration with Carly Rae Jepsen, seems to promise an evolution for the bedroom artist (born… The Midsummer Station Owl City's current smash "Good Time," his sunny, appealingly stompy collaboration with Carly Rae Jepsen, seems to promise an evolution for the bedroom artist (born… 2012-08-21 Owl City Pop Universal Republic
Music Review

The Midsummer Station (2012)

SUGAR POP With songs so saccharine they'll make your teeth hurt, you're bound to change the ''station'' when this album come on the air
SUGAR POP With songs so saccharine they'll make your teeth hurt, you're bound to change the ''station'' when this album come on the air
EW's GRADE
C+

Details Release Date: Aug 21, 2012; Lead Performance: Owl City; Genre: Pop; Production: Universal Republic

Owl City's current smash ''Good Time,'' his sunny, appealingly stompy collaboration with Carly Rae Jepsen, seems to promise an evolution for the bedroom artist (born Adam Young) who scored with his tinkly 2009 hit ''Fireflies.'' But the insufferably mushy, relentlessly synthesized The Midsummer Station is loaded with so many platitudes and puns (if Young isn't ''chasing rainbows,'' he's fawning over his ''constellation prize'') that it quickly descends into sugar shock. At one point, he literally croons, ''It's time for you to shine brighter than a shooting star/So shine no matter where you are.'' Who wrote these lyrics, a man or a My Little Pony? C+

Best Tracks:
Good Time
Gold
Originally posted Aug 22, 2012 Published in issue #1222 Aug 31, 2012 Order article reprints