Owl City CD cover
Owl City: ‘Mobile Orchestra’ album review
4.0 Overall Score

Label:

Republic Records

For Fans Of:

Imagine Dragons, Relient K, Joy Electric

We Like:

"Verge" (ft. Aloe Blacc)

Owl City: ‘Mobile Orchestra’ album review

Since the late 2000s, Adam Young (better known the world over as Owl City) experienced a trajectory nothing short of meteoric. After selling millions of records, the small towner from Owatonna, MN has practically laid the blueprints for the modern pop/ electronica troubadours following in his footsteps. All the while, he has never been shy about his faith, which continues alongside the mounds of sugary surges that permeate the fifth full-length effort Mobile Orchestra.

In addition to delightfully quirky arrangements and diary-styled lyrics, Young taps Avicii collaborator Aloe Blacc on “Verge,” aims straight for the dance floor with Hanson on “Unbelievable,” and takes a somewhat unexpected though still catchy country sidestep with Jake Owen throughout “Back Home.” Come the contemplative finale “This Isn’t The End,” telling the tale of a girl whose father takes his life, but ultimately points to forgiveness, redemption and the reminder that “when the light goes out, this isn’t the end.”

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About The Author

Andy Argyrakis
Contributing Editor

Andy Argyrakis is a Chicago-based entertainment writer/photographer who appears in the Chicago Tribune, Illinois Entertainer, Daily Journal, Concert Livewire, Hear/Say Magazine and Image Chicago (to name a few). Additional photo credits include Fuse TV, Live Nation, Nikon, Pollstar, Celebrity Access, Paste Magazine, MTV.com and Vibe.com. He’s also the author/narrator of "Access Matthews" (an audio CD tracing the career of Dave Matthews Band) and spends considerable time on tour, including outings with Arlo Guthrie, The Guess Who, Madina Lake (on Linkin Park’s Projekt Revolution) and Gospel Music Channel’s "Gospel Dream" (where he served as season one judge).