YMMV / Owl City

  • Awesome Music: "Fireflies", "Alligator Sky", "Deer in the Headlights", "Galaxies", "To the Sky", and, if you're not part of the people giving flak about his post-Shooting Star material, "Good Time".
    • From The Midsummer Station, Metropolis and Embers are also pretty awesome.
    • "When Can I See You Again?" from Wreck-It Ralph definitely deserves mention.
    • He also has a habit of teasing the crowd when he plays "Fireflies" by playing the chord progression as a punk-pop song for a few bars before launching into the main hook.
  • Broken Base:
    • The Shooting Star EP, as well as The Midsummer Station. One half of the base feels They Changed It, Now It Sucks 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.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: In the music video for "To the Sky", which was made for the Legend Of The Guardians The Owls Of Ga Hoole film, Adam randomly turns into an owl at the end. Thematically appropriate, random as all hell.
  • Ear Worm:
    • "Fireflies": I'D LIKE TO MAKE MYSELF BELIEVEEEEEEE~
    • "Hot Air Balloon": I'll be out of my mind, and you'll be out of ideas pretty soon...
    • "Honey and the Bee": If the green left the grass on the other side, I would make like a tree and leavvveee...
    • "When can I see you Again?": "It's been fun but now I've got to go, life is way too short to take it slow..."
    • Good Time, his collab with Carly Rae Jepsen was intentionally made as such. We don't even have to try~! It's always a good time~!
    • "Dreams and Disasters": "Fo-o-ollow the li-i-ight through the dreams and disasters...!"
    • "Kamikaze" can easily get stuck in the head. Oh kami-calm DOWN!
    • "To the Sky": "After all those wings will take you up so high, so leave the forest floor behind as you race the wind and take to the sky!"
    • "Bird with a Broken Wing": "But life demands a final chapter, a story that we all must leave behind; it's do or die, and this is mine: the anthem of a bird with a broken wing!"
    • "Up All Night": "I just can't get you out my mind, And now I'm gonna be up all night!"
    • "Thunderstuck": "I'VE, NEVER FELT SO WIDE AWAKE! I'M WONDERSTRUCK! I LOVE HOW YOU TAKE MY BREATH AWAY! I'M THUNDERSTRUCK!"
  • Epic Riff: The famous synth intro of "Fireflies."
  • Fan Community Nicknames: Hoot Owls (with Owl Citizen being a less commonly used nickname).
  • Fridge Brilliance: A couple of lyrics have meanings that you need to think a bit about, but there are some pretty clever meanings: Fireflies has 'I'd like to make myself believe that Planet Earth turns slowly'. The point is that it doesn't; life goes by too fast most of the time.
    • One lyric in Silhouette is 'the more I try to move on, the more I feel alone'. Doesn't this seem to remarkably sum up Adam losing fans over the development in his style in the Shooting Star EP and The Midsummer Station? Of course, it may very well also/in fact be a reference to Ann Marie.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: The lyric "What's up with this Prince song inside my head" from "Good Time" got laughed at by listeners who thought it was a lame attempt at sounding cool. As it turns out, Adam Young had always felt a kinship with the fellow Minnesotan and had an opinion piece published by CNN shortly after the Purple One died detailing how much respect he had always had for him.
  • Internet Backdraft: His decision to not provide his music for 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.
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks / They Changed It, Now It Sucks: Ironically, Adam's attempt to avoid the former resulted in the latter, starting by collaborating with professional songwriters for The Midsummer Station. Many fans called a watered-down version of the Signature Style defined by Ocean Eyes. See "Tough Act to Follow".
  • Narm Charm: Let's face it, diabetes never tasted so good.
  • Nightmare Fuel: See Lyrical Dissonance on the main page.
  • Signature Song: Easily "Fireflies."
  • Snark Bait: His incredibly lighthearted lyrics are a subject of jokes among music enthusiasts.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: His shameless sentiment is an easy target for critics. "Strawberry Avalanche" seems to mean this literally, being about an avalanche of strawberries falling from candy-coated clouds.
  • Tear Jerker: See here.
  • They Copied It, So It Sucks: One of the first criticisms he got slammed with was a comparison to The Postal Service's musical style. Young even tried to put a positive spin on this by saying that, because The Postal 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 gotten, though it's clear some of his stylistic changes starting with his forth album was a direct response to this.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: "Deer In The Headligts" was hyped as a Back to the Future 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.
  • Tough Act to Follow: 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.
  • True Art Is Angsty: If he isn't being criticized for being too cute, it'll be for this.
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible: The meaning behind any song that isn't about love or spirituality is really anyone's guess.
  • The Woobie: From the opening lyrics of "Honey and the Bee", the bee Adam's using as perspective. Lonely, watching other insects splatter on car windscreens. He even says 'but boy I need a hug'... but, arguably this is what makes "Honey and the Bee" so touching. The fact that Adam sets up a poor lonely Woobie type, and then gives him a loving companion.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?: Many of the project's songs allude to or blatantly reference Adam Young's devout Christianity. "Meteor Shower" is a prominent example.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Close, it was made on sleep deprivation.

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