The Real World (3:34)
Deer in the Headlights (3:00)
Dreams Don't Turn To Dust (3:44)
Honey and the Bee (3:44)
January 28, 1986 (0:37)
Hospital Flowers (3:38)
Alligator Sky (feat. Shawn Christopher) (3:05)
The Yacht Club (4:32)
Plant Life (4:10)
How I Became The Sea (4:25) **iTunes Bonus Track
When Owl City released his debut album Ocean Eyes the music world was introduced or reintroduced to a brand on Pop that no one had really heard or remembered hearing. However Ocean Eyes received a very warm welcome from the music community. Now Adam Young is back with his second full-length studio album All Things Bright and Beautiful.
It’s always interesting to hear how an artist like young matures, if they mature at all. Musically this album shows a lot of maturity for the young man who composes most of the music and writes most of the lyrics. “The Real World” sets the tone with a mild-tempered open and “Dear in the Headlights” serves the purpose of picking up the tempo further. “Angels” starts out slow and picks up while “Hospital Flowers” is almost a perfect compliment in the way of slow songs. “Alligator Skies” seems to be really out of the box as the first time it appears on the album it features a rap bit. Unfortunatly the second version that does not include Shawn Christopher flows much better.
Lyrically Young never goes very deep but what he does give is playful not-to-cheesy love songs with a few songs with deep spiritual messages as well. “Hone and The Bee” is a cute love song as is “Dear in the Headlights” as is the slightly amusing “Yacht Club.” “January 28, 2986″ is an interlude and has no actual lyrics but it is a very sentimental tribute to the Challenger Shuttle Disaster. “Galaxies” talks about God’s love for all of creation, showing Young’s belief in God’s power to redeem creation. “Hospital Flowers” follows the story of a car accident victim who finds peace in God during his stay in the Hospital.
When put together there is no doubt that Owl City has put together the complete package on All Things Bright and Beautiful, the upbeat positive messages and beats will have fans singing and dancing along for a long time to come.
Record Label: Universal Records
Album length: 12 tracks 41 minutes, 18 seconds
Street Date: June 14, 2011