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YMMV: Owl City
  • Awesome Music: "Fireflies", "Alligator Sky", "Deer in the Headlights", "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.
  • Base Breaker: The Shooting Star EP. 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.
    • 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.
  • 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: I'D LIKE TO MAKE MYSELF, BELIEVEEEEEEE~
    • I'll be out of my mind, and you'll be out of ideas pretty soon...
    • 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~!
    • "Fo-o-ollow the li-i-ight through the dreams and disasters...!"
    • "Kamikaze" can easily get stuck in the head.
  • 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, as this troper has realized over the last six months, 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.
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks: 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 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.'
  • 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: According to some critics.
    • Strawberry Avalanche is about... well, an avalanche of strawberries. It has candy-coated clouds.
  • Tear Jerker: "Vanilla Twilight" when you think about it, especially when coupled with "Lonely Lullaby". Both were written about his ex-girlfriend, Ann Marie, who was apparently his first serious girlfriend. "Lonely Lullaby" in particular is the most personal song he's ever written, making it all the more heart-wrenching.
    "If we dissolve without a trace/would the real world even care?"
    • The Midsummer Station has Silhouette, a beautiful but sad song. One lyric in particular is a Tear Jerker:
    The more I try to move on, the more I feel alone.
    • His cover of Taylor Swift's Enchanted, directed to Taylor herself, has some pretty sad lyrics in it. In particular:
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: 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.
  • He Copied It, So It Sucks: 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.
  • True Art Is Angsty: The main thing that his critics say.
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible: Quite honestly, any song that isn't about love or spirituality is this.
  • 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 it 'but boy I need a hug'. And this troper would give the poor guy one...
    • 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 Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Although according to Wikipedia, he might have been affected by sleep deprivation for his initial recordings.

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