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The 10 most Owl City-ish lyrics on the new Owl City album

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Pamela Littky

Don’t be fooled by the beachy vibes of Owl City’s hit single “Good Time” — frontman/mastermind Adam Young is way less interested in the shore than he is in amateur astronomy.

At least that’s how it seems on his brand new album, The Midsummer Station, which was released today and has already hit No. 1 on iTunes.

Owl City, who formerly topped the Hot 100 with “Fireflies,” his trenchant exploration of twinkly lightning bugs, has developed an even stronger penchant for nature-based melodrama on Station, and it seems the celestial themes have completely taken over his writing. Skies burst, rainbows glitter, stars shine, people shine — everything shines, perhaps, but the melodies.

Check out  Young’s most over-the-top lines below:

10. In which he says “shine” for the first time

“When the sun goes down and the lights burn out

Then it’s time for you to shine brighter than a shooting star

So shine no matter where you are”

9. In which he says “shine” some more

“I don’t need the stars in the night

I found my treasure

All I need is you by my side

So shine forever”

8. Seriously. We’re still shining

“‘Cause we’re burning bright as we all unite

And when it’s all said and done, we’ll shine like the sun

So don’t let the fire die”

7. And now the sky is bursting.

“There were skies that burst open with a downpour to drown me alive

But the world took a spark like a match in the dark

And the fire brought me to life”

6. Oh boy, now colors are bursting, too.

“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”

5. Nothing sexier than a criminal investigation metaphor

“You got the right to remain right here with me

I’m on your tail in a hot pursuit

Love is a high speed chase racing down the street

Woo woo woo, I’m coming after you”

4. So. Many. Space. Metaphors.

“I can see our future through the atmosphere

Don’t you go, no don’t you go

Don’t you know, I’m up here alone

Yeah I am like a satellite

Sending you a signal tonight”

3. This is pure insanity.

“Through the skies you’re en route at the speed of light

So realize there’s chaos in the air tonight

This is love, this is war, this is pure insanity”

2. Sad Rainbow

“I’m a silhouette

Chasing rainbows on my own

But the more I try to move on

The more I feel alone”

1. Even “consolation prize” wouldn’t have been a compliment

“With oh so many clouds across my summer sky

You, my constellation prize

Yeah every single star is sparkling in your eyes”

Disclaimer: I’ve generally been a fan of Owl City over the years, especially this under-appreciated gem. But I think he may have finally jumped the shark — or more accurately, the unicorn. Readers, what’s your take?

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