Week's Worst: Owl City

By Chris Parker
Add Comment Add Comment | Comments: 5 | Posted Apr. 20, 2010

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If the world’s meek heirs are anything like Owl City auteur Adam Young, I’ll spend my final hours with Bret Michaels. Even an egomaniacal brain-dead manwhore is preferable to geeky, infantile musings fey enough to make Glee’s Kurt Hummel seem butch. He may be cuddly as a Care Bear, but if he were a doll you’d be changing his diapers every five minutes. Young’s soggy puerile electro-pop sentimentality crosses the line from mewling sap into emotionally retarded and goes for miles. Usually when some social misfit tries dancing with lightning bugs people suggest autism, not artistry. It’s not just his backbone that’s paper thin (as he sings), so is the music. His percolating indietronica is so anemic new agers Kitaro sound like King Crimson by comparison. For Young, love is romantic surrender involving dewey eyes, kissing stars, fruity landslides and diced-up rainbows coming off like chick lit for prepubescent girls.

Sun., April 25, 6:30pm.

$18.

With Lights + Paper Route.

Electric Factory

421 N. Seventh St.

215.627.1332

electricfactory.info

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1. Anonymous said... on Jul 7, 2010 at 05:08PM

“You are a big douchebag! If you actually bothered to learn, Owl City songs have meaning in them. Besides, not all of his fans are prepubescent girls. And this article is just mean dude. Give him a break, he's not bad at all.”

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2. sumbody said... on Jul 11, 2010 at 07:46AM

“who's bret michaels?”

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3. Anonymous said... on Sep 7, 2010 at 10:33PM

“To be honest, this guy has more talent than Uncle Kracker's sucky ass. At least he does his own beats and sings better that UK and Kid Rock combined, even if his music is meant for prepubecent girls or not.”

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4. Janna said... on Jan 5, 2012 at 02:27PM

“Wow dude, what is your problem?
Can you please just have your preferences in music without barbarically bludgeoning someone just because he doesn't fit your musical taste? Perhaps you haven't taken diligent time to actually really listen/understand to what Adam says in his songs since all you got from them is this lame sum-up. Learn to appreciate, have some respect, and just shut your rude little mouth.

And get that diaper of yours fixed because it freaking stinks.”

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5. Anonymous said... on Apr 13, 2012 at 03:41PM

“Go to hell.”

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