All Things Bright and Beautiful

All Things Bright and Beautiful

by Owl City


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There's a reason Owl City has sold more albums than the Postal Service, the short-lived band that more or less wrote the template for Owl City's bubbly electro-pop. Give Up, the Postal Service's 2003 debut, sounded like the soundtrack to an indie film, with subtle samples and knotty, literate lyrics to match. Owl City's music is a big-budget reboot of that record -- the indie flick remade into a summer blockbuster -- and it caters to a far more marketable audience, bypassing the college kids who purchased Give Up and focusing on teenagers whose imaginations have yet to be sullied by adulthood. The 12 songs on All Things Bright and Beautiful, Owl City's third album, certainly demand the audience's imagination -- or at least their willingness to go along with the world Adam Young dreams up, an otherwordly place where the skies look like alligators, the rivers taste like fruit, and emeralds poke their heads out of every rock. The music pops and fizzes with glitchy electronics, which Young splashes throughout the track list like effervescent paint, and the songs all have an otherworldly sound about them, as though they were born in space and sent back to Earth in futuristic clothing. For those who enjoyed 2009's Ocean Eyes, this follow-up is just as sugar-sweet.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/14/2011
Label: Republic
UPC: 0602527681306
catalogNumber: 001554402
Rank: 82028

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Owl City   Primary Artist
Lights   Vocals
Matthew Thiessen   Vocals
Steve Bursky   Hand Clapping
Hannah Schroeder   Cello
Adam Young   Group Member
Breanne Düren   Vocals
Laura Musten   Violin
Shawn Chrystopher   Vocals
Joan Young   Vocals
Daniel Jorgensen   Vibes

Technical Credits

Steve Bursky   Executive Producer
Hannah Schroeder   String Arrangements
Adam Young   Composer,Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements,Art Direction
Laura Musten   String Arrangements
Konrad Snyder   Engineer
Mark Lee Townsend   Engineer
Thomas "Tawgs" Salter   Engineer
Shawn Chrystopher   Composer
Cope   Engineer

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All Things Bright and Beautiful 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
NerdyMusicBliss More than 1 year ago
i love these songs becasue they take things in life or religion, add the awesome owl city touch, and turn them into a song. i have been learning how to play plant life on the piano, and i can't even play piano. kamikaze has this really cool echo sound, deer in the headlights is kind of hilarious, and honey and the bee is adorable especially in the very end
amb_ram25 More than 1 year ago
I love this album! every song on here is good!! owl city girl forever!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Like most of the songs, especially Alligator Sky. Music of course is good. It's fun and upbeat with a hint of nostalgia or something. Album cover is nice.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't know about the other songs but the first time I listened to Deer in the Headlights, it got stuck in my head and I just couldn't get it out of my head as it repeated over and over! OMG love the Deer in the Headlights!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't wait, I can't wait, I can't wait, but I have to...Owl City is amazing artist and his new album is just that amazing too. =)
babymunch77 More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of Owl City and I am so excited to hear the new CD!