Following up on his 2009 breakthrough hit "Fireflies," Owl City's fourth album is aimed directly at the mainstream. The saccharine lead single "Good Time," featuring Carly Rae Jepsen, serves as a warning that fans will not find the dreamy synthpop of Owl City's past on The Midsummer Station. Radio-friendly pop jingles prevail, with traces of Adam Young's original artistry found on "Dementia" (featuring Blink-182's Mark Hoppus), and the emotional piano ballad "Silhouette." The forlorn chorus ponders, "I'm a silhouette asking every now and then/ Is it over yet? Will I ever love again?... But the more I try to move on, the more I feel alone/ so I watch the summer stars to lead me home"—a reminder of the poetic lyrics Young is capable of delivering as he heads in a new direction.
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