Owl City’s “Good Time,” featuring Carly Rae Jepsen, Was Deceptively Titled


Owl City, All Things Bright and Beautiful ©  Universal Republic

I said I was going to focus on my Nicki Minaj post, but I couldn’t neglect Adam Young.  Adam Young is Owl City.  If you are unfamiliar or haven’t heard a little #1 hit a couple of years ago called “Fireflies,” Owl City is basically an electronic, synth-pop styled group (well solo basically since it is ole boy’s project).  But anyways, after disappointing sales for Owl City’s previous effort, which I bought (one of few souls and yes to this day I regret that $10) called All Things Bright and Beautifulfor his newest affair, Adam decides to take advantage of Carly Rae Jepsen’s sunny and innocent #1 “Call Me Maybe.” Smart, but the result is one of the most childish and sappy songs I’ve heard in some time.  I mean, as a mid-twenty something I want to cling onto the innocence of youth and clean fun too, but I don’t want to write asong about it…

I was on board with Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” and still am. I was unenthusiastic when I first heard it, but it quickly grew on me and now I can’t get enough. But “Good Time” is a no-go for me.  Where “Call Me Maybe” is playful, Owl City’s cut is just silly. The video doesn’t help the cause, as Young and Carly both look so fake.  I recently tried watching it again and I found myself just shaking my head and quickly closed the video.

But anyways, I was also on board with “Fireflies” as I thought it was clever and catchy enough.  “Deer In The Headlights” was OK and by all means the best song off of the sappy All Things Bright And Beautiful. But based on “Good Time” and the crappy time I had listening, I can’t say I’m enthused about Owl City’s upcoming affair. Add the qualms of the previous effort and the fact that Owl City has yet to shake up his formula and it seems Adam Young keeps down a middling path.

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