The Midsummer Station

The Midsummer Station

by Owl CityOwl City


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Adam Young's sugary emo electronica pop as Owl City has been a highly polarizing entity since he broke through in a huge way with runaway single "Fireflies" in 2009. Critics and naysayers dismissed the project as a watered-down Postal Service ripoff way too late in the game, but millions and millions of fans dismissed the critics and made the song an international chart-topper. While "Fireflies" was a really rare accidental Top 40 hit recorded by Young in his basement, The Midsummer Station is tailored for commercial radio. Owl City has never shied away from big-sounding pop with emo underpinnings, and The Midsummer Station goes as big as possible. Young brings in production assistance from hitmakers Stargate for the Euro-house rave touches of "Shooting Star" and co-writes several songs with Katy Perry writer/engineer Emily Wright. Electronic four-on-the-floor beats are huge, production is loud and garish, and the hooks announce themselves with all the subtlety of a sledgehammer. It's by-the-numbers big-budget pop. Obvious single "Good Time" finds Young duetting with Justin Bieber-approved tween pop star Carly Rae Jepsen on a huge summery production about hanging out, partying, and nothing in particular. It's a great example of a dumb, fun pop song done right, and along with the slightly more sophisticated "Metropolis" and the rocked-out moments of "Dementia" (the latter aided by blink-182's Mark Hoppus), it's one of the album's standouts.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/21/2012
Label: Republic
UPC: 0602537072057
catalogNumber: 001701302
Rank: 42005

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Owl City   Primary Artist
Mark Hoppus   Vocals
Chris Carmichael   Strings
Matthew Thiessen   Background Vocals
Keith Kenniff   Synthesizer,Bass,Drums
Mikkel Storleer Eriksen   Musician
Dustin Sauder   Guitar
Koool Kojak   Musician
Adam Young   Musician,Group Member
Tor Erik Hermansen   Musician
Carly Rae Jepsen   Vocals
Josh Crosby   Background Vocals,Musician
Minneapolis Youth Chorus   Vocals

Technical Credits

Brian Lee   Composer,Additional Production
Sandy Brummels   Art Direction
Stargate   Producer
Emily Wright   Composer
Andy Cook   Booking
Danny D.   Executive Producer
Sam Hollander   Composer
Matthew Thiessen   Composer,Vocal Producer
Miles Walker   Engineer
Mikkel Storleer Eriksen   Composer,Engineer
Tim Blacksmith   Executive Producer
Jenna Davis   Vocal Editing
Steve Bursky   Executive Producer,Management
Brian Manning   Booking
Koool Kojak   Producer,Engineer
Andrew Schubert   Engineer
Adam Young   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Engineer,Additional Production
Tor Erik Hermansen   Composer
Brad Townsend   Engineer
Nate Company   Composer
Chris Holmes   Vocal Engineer
Jeff Krones   Booking
Rob Stevenson   Executive Producer
Marlene Tsuchii   Booking
Josh Crosby   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Dan Omelio   Composer
Allan P. Grigg   Composer
Ken Friessen   Engineer
Gediminas Pranckevicius   Artwork
Ryan Stewart   Vocal Producer

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