Owl City – ‘Shooting Star EP’ Review
Owl City fans everywhere are anxiously awaiting the arrival of the fourth album due this summer. But Adam Young, the Owl City mastermind, wanted to give everyone a sneak peak. Young released an EP on May 15th, which included 4 tracks that will be on the full length album. I recently purchased The ‘Shooting Star EP’ and gave it a few listens.
The EP begins with the track, “Shooting Star”, itself. It is an upbeat, dreamy tune that is sure to catch your attention. The song wouldn’t be what it is without all the different instruments going on. If you have listened to Owl City before, then you will not be too surprised by what this track has to offer. It is the same sound that Owl City has always been. It reminded me much of the sophomore album, ‘Ocean Eyes‘.
The second track by the name of “Gold” is one that did not get my attention at first, but after a few listens it sure did. I found the lyrics to be very meaningful. “Shout out to the friends back home, shout out to the hearts you have known, you gave them nothing but the best, you can tell them your story“. It’s a song about going after your dreams, and seems to be a theme of Adam’s. He likes to communicate positive messages through his music. I have not heard a single Owl City song that lacks optimism. Every song is guaranteed to take you for a ride through a dream world, where you can achieve anything. So the first two tracks were nothing out of the ordinary when it comes to Young’s past projects.
It was the third song, “Dementia”, which consists of something a little new. It offers a different, bigger rock sound for Owl City since the track features Mark Hoppus, of Blink 182. It was a good move on Young’s part to include something out of his normal territory.
The final song, “Take It All Away”, is a bit more electronic than the rest of the EP. It is very catchy to say the least, and has a definite beat to it. The lyrics will repeat over and over in your head after just a few listens. It’s a simple tune, but also a nice one to end on.
Overall, The Shooting Star EP will give you the same optimistic, dream world vibe that Owl City always offers. It is a new experiment for Adam without going out of his comfort zone. If you have enjoyed Young’s past albums, then you will be pleased with this. If you were hoping for a huge step up from the previous album, ‘All Things Bright and Beautiful’, then the EP may fall a little short of your expectations. I do think it is enough to keep fans on edge for the full album coming this summer.
Overall rating: 8/10