History YMMV / OwlCity

3rd Dec '16 3:23:40 PM NWolfman
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* HeartWarmingInHindsight: The lyric "What's up with this Music/{{Prince}} song inside my head" from "Good Time" got laughed at by listeners who thought it was [[PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy a lame attempt at sounding cool]]. As it turns out, Adam Young had always felt a kinship with the fellow Minnesotan and [[http://www.cnn.com/2016/04/22/opinions/prince-minnesota-native-young/ had an opinion piece published by CNN]] shortly after the Purple One died detailing how much respect he had always had for him.

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* HeartWarmingInHindsight: HeartwarmingInHindsight: The lyric "What's up with this Music/{{Prince}} song inside my head" from "Good Time" got laughed at by listeners who thought it was [[PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy a lame attempt at sounding cool]]. As it turns out, Adam Young had always felt a kinship with the fellow Minnesotan and [[http://www.cnn.com/2016/04/22/opinions/prince-minnesota-native-young/ had an opinion piece published by CNN]] shortly after the Purple One died detailing how much respect he had always had for him.



* ItsTheSameNowItSucks: Referenced by Adam himself on his blog when explaining the style change in the ''Shooting Star EP'' on his blog. Of course, ironically, said style change got [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks the opposite reaction]]:
--> '''Adam''': It's a bummer for an artist of any kind to hear, 'Yeah it's great but it's a lot like your previous work.'

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* ItsTheSameNowItSucks: Referenced by Adam himself on his blog when explaining ItsTheSameNowItSucks [=/=] TheyChangedItNowItSucks: Ironically, Adam's attempt to avoid the style change former resulted in the ''Shooting Star EP'' on his blog. Of course, ironically, said style change got [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks latter, starting by collaborating with professional songwriters for ''The Midsummer Station''. Many fans called a watered-down version of the opposite reaction]]:
--> '''Adam''': It's a bummer for an artist of any kind to hear, 'Yeah it's great but it's a lot like your previous work.'
SignatureStyle defined by ''Ocean Eyes''. See "ToughActToFollow".



* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: Many people complaining that the new style of the ''Shooting Star EP'' and ''The Midsummer Station'' is too 'generic' and that it's just not Adam's style. Never mind the fact that Adam is known for experimenting with new styles...
** When Adam Young meshed together both his new style and his older style on 2014's ''Ultraviolet EP'', many fans were very pleased...although with ''Mobile Orchestra'' he might've blown it again.
* TheyCopiedItSoItSucks: A lot of the complaints his Hatedom gives against him is that his songs sound very similar to another electronic music act, The Postal Service. Some have argued that the direction he's taken since the ''Shooting Star EP''/''The Midsummer Station'' is in direct response to this.

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* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: Many people complaining that the new style of the ''Shooting Star EP'' and ''The Midsummer Station'' is too 'generic' and that it's just not Adam's style. Never mind the fact that Adam is known for experimenting with new styles...
** When Adam Young meshed together both his new style and his older style on 2014's ''Ultraviolet EP'', many fans were very pleased...although with ''Mobile Orchestra'' he might've blown it again.
* TheyCopiedItSoItSucks: A lot One of the complaints his Hatedom gives against him is that his songs sound very similar first criticisms he got slammed with was a comparison to another electronic music act, Music/ThePostalService's musical style. Young even tried to put a positive spin on this by saying that, because The Postal Service. Some Service had only ever released on album, his music can be seen as the continuation of the act's sound which fans otherwise would never have argued that the direction he's taken since the ''Shooting Star EP''/''The Midsummer Station'' is in gotten, though it's clear some of his stylistic changes starting with his forth album was a direct response to this.
3rd Dec '16 3:12:13 PM NWolfman
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* TrueArtIsAngsty: The main thing that his critics say.
* TrueArtIsIncomprehensible: Quite honestly, any song that isn't about [[SillyLoveSongs love]] or [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic spirituality]] is this.

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* TrueArtIsAngsty: The main thing that his critics say.
If he isn't being criticized for being too cute, it'll be for this.
* TrueArtIsIncomprehensible: Quite honestly, The meaning behind any song that isn't about [[SillyLoveSongs love]] or [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic spirituality]] is this.really anyone's guess.



* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic: Quite a few of them, though "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMuOcyZjB2A Meteor Shower]]" is a prominent example.
* WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs: Although according to Wikipedia, he might have been affected by sleep deprivation for his initial recordings.

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* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic: Quite a few Many of them, though the project's songs allude to or blatantly reference Adam Young's devout Christianity. "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMuOcyZjB2A Meteor Shower]]" is a prominent example.
* WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs: Although according to Wikipedia, he might have been affected by Close, it was made on sleep deprivation for his initial recordings.deprivation.
3rd Dec '16 3:08:54 PM NWolfman
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* TastesLikeDiabetes: According to some critics.
** Strawberry Avalanche is about... well, an avalanche of strawberries. It has ''candy-coated clouds''.

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* TastesLikeDiabetes: According His shameless sentiment is an easy target for critics. "Strawberry Avalanche" seems to some critics.
** Strawberry Avalanche is about... well,
mean this literally, being about [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin an avalanche of strawberries. It has strawberries]] falling from ''candy-coated clouds''.
1st Dec '16 9:12:09 AM Crossover-Enthusiast
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** "Kamikaze" can easily get stuck in the head.

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** "Kamikaze" can easily get stuck in the head. ''Oh kami-calm DOWN!''
27th Nov '16 12:21:08 PM NWolfman
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* ToughActToFollow: Opinions on nearly everything he's done since ''Ocean Eyes'' have been divisive, and fall at either end of the criticism spectrum of being too samey or too different, based on the groundwork that that album laid. It's clear that Adam Young, who's still a low-key enough act to be directly effected by this, has felt the brunt of it and tried to please as many different parties as possible, eventually taking a much-needed hiatus from the project to do his "Adam Young Scores" series.
1st Aug '16 10:58:58 AM NWolfman
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* HeartWarmingInHindsight: The lyric "What's up with this Music/{{Prince}} song inside my head" from "Good Time" got laughed at by listeners who thought it was [[PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy a lame attempt at sounding cool]]. As it turns out, Adam Young had always felt a kinship with the fellow Minnesotan and [[http://www.cnn.com/2016/04/22/opinions/prince-minnesota-native-young/ had an opinion piece published by CNN]] shortly after the Purple One died detailing how much respect he had always had for him.
1st Aug '16 10:29:29 AM NWolfman
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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: "Deer In The Headligts" was hyped as a ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' tribute, but doesn't have much more than Adam skateboarding and driving the [=DeLorian=]. Not to mention with his looks, he could easily pass for George [=McFly=].
19th Apr '16 3:47:12 AM Spinosegnosaurus77
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** "When Can I See You Again?" from ''WreckItRalph'' definitely deserves mention.

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** "When Can I See You Again?" from ''WreckItRalph'' ''Disney/WreckItRalph'' definitely deserves mention.



* LoveItOrHateIt: His excessively sweet and {{WAFF}}-inducing lyrics and pop style are either [[SugarWiki/SweetDreamsFuel really beautiful and cute]] or [[TastesLikeDiabetes nauseating to listen to]].
18th Apr '16 8:45:22 PM PilotSolaris
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* LoveItOrHateIt: His excessively sweet and {{WAFF}}-inducing lyrics and pop style are either [[SugarWiki/SweetDreamsFuel really beautiful and cute]] or [[TastesLikesDiabetes nauseating to listen to]].

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* LoveItOrHateIt: His excessively sweet and {{WAFF}}-inducing lyrics and pop style are either [[SugarWiki/SweetDreamsFuel really beautiful and cute]] or [[TastesLikesDiabetes [[TastesLikeDiabetes nauseating to listen to]].
20th Mar '16 2:56:40 PM stuffedninja
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** The Shooting Star EP, as well as ''The Midsummer Station''. One half of the base feels TheyChangedItNowItSucks and criticizes Adam for adopting a more 'generic' style, while the other half defends Adam by pointing out that he's just experimenting and developing his style.
** His decision to not provide his music for ''Series/{{Glee}}'' was seen by some as a sign that he's homophobic (as he's a devout Christian). Of course, many other musicians have rejected their music being used on Glee for various reasons besides the show's focus on gay characters and Adam has never stated that his faith or attitudes toward any group had ''anything'' to do with refusing Glee permission to use his songs. The fact he likes both Doctor Who and Homestuck also leans towards debunking that theory. Of course, you have some fans who are happy Glee won't get their hands on his music due to a disliking of the show.

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** The Shooting Star ''Shooting Star'' EP, as well as ''The Midsummer Station''. One half of the base feels TheyChangedItNowItSucks and criticizes Adam for adopting a more 'generic' style, while the other half defends Adam by pointing out that he's just experimenting and developing his style.
** His decision to not provide his music for ''Series/{{Glee}}'' was seen by some as a sign that he's homophobic (as he's a devout Christian). Of course, many other musicians have rejected their music being used on Glee for various reasons besides the show's focus on gay characters and Adam has never stated that his faith or attitudes toward any group had ''anything'' to do with refusing Glee permission to use his songs. The fact he likes both Doctor Who and Homestuck also leans towards debunking that theory. Of course, you have some fans who are happy Glee won't get their hands on his music due to a disliking of the show.
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* InternetBackdraft: His decision to not provide his music for ''Series/{{Glee}}'' was seen by some as a sign that he's homophobic (as he's a devout Christian). Of course, many other musicians have rejected their music being used on Glee for various reasons besides the show's focus on gay characters and Adam has never stated that his faith or attitudes toward any group had ''anything'' to do with refusing Glee permission to use his songs. The fact he likes both ''Series/DoctorWho'' and ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' also leans towards debunking that theory. Of course, you have some fans who are happy ''Glee'' won't get their hands on his music due to a disliking of the show.


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* LoveItOrHateIt: His excessively sweet and {{WAFF}}-inducing lyrics and pop style are either [[SugarWiki/SweetDreamsFuel really beautiful and cute]] or [[TastesLikesDiabetes nauseating to listen to]].
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