Grady Smith
August 29, 2012 at 04:00 AM EDT

The Midsummer Station

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
music label
81161
genre
Pop
We gave it a C+

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

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