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Owl City – The Midsummer Station (Acoustic EP) Album Review

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Less than a week ago, Owl City released a new extended play (EP) entitled The Midsummer Station Acoustic. By now, you must’ve known that I’m a fan of Adam, so when the EP came out, I just had to have it, and I did.

As you can see, the cover of the EP looks “dark”, but the EP itself is actually a mini version of The Midsummer Station (TMS) (which I’ve already reviewed here). However, because this is just an EP, Adam only made three acoustic versions of Good Time, Shooting Star, and Gold from TMS album. That, and two additional songs entitled Hey Anna and I Hope You Think of Me.

Acoustic Versions of Good Time, Shooting Star, and Gold
Although Adam called this an acoustic EP, it doesn’t literally means “acoustic” as in only vocal and acoustic guitar, but “acoustic”, Adam Young style: with chamber strings, upright piano, mellotron, organic loops, and laid-back synth pads. The results? Well for me the acoustics versions are the lullaby version of the three upbeat songs from TMS. The acoustic version is a good reimagination of the three predecessor songs. Quite interesting, really. I might even say that the “acoustic” versions are better.

Hey Anna
Definitely my favorite song from the EP. I can’t just listen to this song once. I have to repeat it at least three times in one listening before I feel I have enough. The lyrics might be boring over time because it’s a repetition, but the melody covers it all up and make this a very addictive song to listen to. This song really remind of what Adam is capable of.

I Hope You Think of Me
I first listen to this song via YouTube when Owl City performed in Oklahoma City, not long after All Things Bright and Beautiful album came out (click here to see my review). At that time, I didn’t really pay attention to the song because I thought Adam will include the song in the TMS album, which he didn’t. When I REALLY listen to the track, I just thought, “Meh.” Personally I blame Hey Anna for raising the bar too high, making this track sounded dull then. But over time, I’m starting to like this track. Yet another example of a reminder of what Adam is capable of.

All in all, I love this EP. I love the fact that it’s very easy-listening. However, for some Owl City fans, this EP might be too boring and “soft”. To that, I say, “Move on from Ocean Eyes, dudes, it’s been four years since then.” If there’s anything I hate from the EP, is that there are only five tracks in it. I want more!

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Breanne Düren’s Sparks EP Review

I posted the lyrics to Breanne’s Sparks EP, so now I’ll give my review of the EP. First of all, I’ll explain a bit about an EP. EP is an abbreviation of Extended Play, which consist of less than 8 tracks per “album”. It can’t be necessarily called an album or a Single because of the number of tracks in it. Artists usually use an EP to promote themselves (and their music), and sometimes their upcoming album. But of course, it depends on the artist 🙂

Sparks

Since Breanne’s EP only consists of five tracks, I’ll review each of them. First, the most well-known track after Daydreams, Gold Mine. Gold Mine probably the track that has the most retro feel out of all the tracks in the EP, with all the claps and retro bass feel in the beginning. Still, the drums and the vocal in my opinion still feels very sophisticated, with an ‘echo’ feel in it. You can also feel the retro touch from Breanne’s wardrobe and hairdo in her music video.

The second track, No One Else, in my opinion is the most ordinary track in this EP. Other tracks have their own “spark” in it, but this track is like your average pop music. I hate to say this, but I don’t really like her singing in this track either 😦 I always feel like she’s singing this in a half-beat delay from the music’s, until I realize maybe it’s her own style of singing. Her effort to try to make the vocal “shine” is not very succesful, and it tends to be very excessive. I say that she’s trying too hard on this track…

The opening of the third track, Catapult, reminded me of Coldplay’s Viva La Vida, even the drum-playing in it are somehow similar to Viva La Vida, only it has Katy Perry’s Firework feel in it. It’s not necessarily a bad thing though, since the music diversity on this time and age made it difficult for songwriters to write an original music. I have to admit that this track has the most flare and beat in it. Also, I bet if there’s going to be an Angry Birds movie, this track will be the first candidate to be the soundtrack :p

As I mentioned in the Daydreams Lyrics post, the fourth track have three versions. The demo version was still very basic, so I’m glad that Breanne upgraded the track a lot in her EP. Maybe she finally use her Gaia to a good use and make a killer tune from it :p So far, this track is the most well-known track, and you can find many cover versions on YouTube. It’s no shocker, since the lyrics to this track are very common to teenagers, especially those in love 🙂

The last track, Summer Days, is my favourite track, since I’m a sucker for orchestral background. Even if the song tends to have this sad feeling in it, the music itself is very grand. I also like Breanne’s vocal in this track. In some lines I can still feel that she’s trying a little bit too hard to make her vocal shines, but overall, it’s just great.

In conclusion, do I think she’s ready for a full-album? Yes, that’s for sure. She’s got the talent for song-writing. Her music is unique, in a way that people can still relate to it. She only needs some honing in her vocal, which I think is very common for any vocalist, right? I’m looking forward for her next album or EPs 🙂

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Breanne Düren – Summer Days

It was June when I first saw you
And I knew when I first saw you, you were the one
Wasn’t long ’til summer started
Soon enough you had my heart and we had it all

Just take me back to the summer days
When the sun shined down on your golden face
And I won’t forget the way you smiled at me
Just take me back to the summer days
When we got so lost in that summer gaze
And I never believed in love the way I did in those summer days

The sky was blue that day I held you
And I knew that day I held you, you were the one for me
With the sand beneath our feet there
And the saltiness and sweet air, oh, our hearts spun around
Love we found, hearts spun around

Just take me back to the summer days
When the sun shined down on your golden face
And I won’t forget the way you smiled at me
Just take me back to the summer days
When we got so lost in that summer gaze
And I never believed in love the way I did in those summer days

Like the warmth of you, it’s no longer on my skin
It ended before it could, it could begin

Just take me back to the summer days
When the sun shined down on your golden face
And I won’t forget the way you smiled at me
Take me back to the summer days
When we got so lost in that summer gaze
And I never believed in love the way I did in those summer days

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Breanne Düren – Daydreams

I never notice how my heart could beat so loud when I think of you
And I can’t focus now, got my head up in the clouds when I think of you
My heart’s so lost in all the chaos it’s got me crazy
With the spell you cast, it all happened so fast, goodbye to loneliness
And when I close my eyes, you play like a movie in my mind

You are the star of my daydreams, everything you are is my reverie
Can you feel my heart when you’re moving closer and closer?
You are the star of my daydreams, everything you are is my reverie
Can you feel my heart when you’re moving closer and closer?
Oh, I think that we, that we were meant to be

Everything you do’s so fresh and brand new, that I can’t help
This crush on you, I wanna be the breakthrough, kind of love to you
Sparks are flying like butterflies and I’m so high
On the spell you cast, it all happened so fast, goodbye to loneliness
And when I close my eyes, you play like a movie in my mind
And I wanna rewind over and over a thousand times

You are the star of my daydreams, everything you are is my reverie
Can you feel my heart when you’re moving closer and closer?
You are the star of my daydreams, everything you are is my reverie
Can you feel my heart when you’re moving closer and closer?
Oh, I think that we, that we were meant to be

Oh, I think that we, that we were meant to be
Oh, I think that we, that we were meant to be

You are the star of my daydreams, everything you are is my reverie
Can you feel my heart when you’re moving closer and closer?
You are the star of my daydreams, everything you are is my reverie
Can you feel my heart when you’re moving closer and closer?
Oh, I think that we, that we were meant to be

p.s.: there are three versions of this track. First, there’s the demo that Breanne made before the EP came out, then there’s the EP version that you can download on iTunes, and also the Owl City Remix that you can download for FREE on her website by subscribing her newsletter. Enjoy!

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Breanne Düren – Catapult

Let’s go outside, forget everything for just one night
Nothing to hide, I wanna see you beneath the bright moonlight
Let’s do this right, let’s go explore
Try something we’ve never tried before

This catapult, will send us into the sky, into the sky
No, I won’t let you fall, ’cause you were born, born to fly
Born to fly, born to fly

They’ll climb to the rooftops, and just to see us come brushing by
Over the streets and the sidewalks,
Well they’ll come running out tonight
Something’s bound to happen here
It’s been bottled up, bottled up for years

This catapult, will send us into the sky, into the sky
No, I won’t let you fall, ’cause you were born to fly, born to fly
Through starry trails, tonight across the blue we’ll sail
This catapult, will send us into the sky
’cause you were born to fly, born to fly, born to fly

We’ll be like satellites and never touch the ground
Lost in northern lights, we’ll never come back, never come back down

This catapult, will send us into the sky, into the sky
No, I won’t let you fall, ’cause you were born to fly, born to fly
Through starry trails, tonight across the blue we’ll sail
This catapult will send us into the sky
‘Cause you were born to fly, born to fly, born to fly
You were born to fly, born to fly, born to fly

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Breanne Düren – No One Else

Oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh; Oh-oh-oh, oh-oh
Oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh; Oh, oh-oh, oh

There’s no one else who could love me
Quite like the way that you love me
No, there’s no one else

Well, I’ve been around the world, I’ve seen a lot of faces
Can count on any places, around the world
But I’d leave them all alone, first chance I get, I hope you know
I’m gonna call you from my telephone, cause I miss you so

There’s no one else who could love me
Quite like the way that you love me
No, there’s no one else

Well, Paris is so nice, and I love to be in Tokyo
But I like it even better though, when you’re by my side
And from the Eiffel Tower, the lights go on forever
But I wish we were together, oh, I miss you so
I got your picture on my desktop, can’t stop looking at it

There’s no one else who could love me
Quite like the way that you love me
No, there’s no one else who could love me
Quite like the way that you love me

Oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh; oh-oh-oh, oh-oh
Oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh; oh, oh-oh, oh

I read that message that you sent me
Baby, like, all the time

Cause there’s no one else who could love me
Quite like the way that you love me
No, there’s no one else who could love me
Quite like the way that you love me

No, there’s no one else who could love me
Quite like the way that you love me
No, there’s no one else who could love me
Quite like the way that you love me

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Breanne Düren – Gold Mine

I’ve been searching…
I’ve been searching…

* I’ve been searching for a gold mine
To open up the skies and make me feel alive
Been searching for a gold mine, a gold mine

Well I’ve got trouble sleeping in,
I wanna feel the day begin, change my mood
It’s been feeling kinda dull,
and I’m waiting for a call to answer to
I have to be honest, I wanna know what’s true
So won’t you take me up with you ’cause

*

Well I’ve been traveling high and low,
I’m searching for that glow before it strays
I only got one life to give,
Only have so long to live, won’t throw this away
I have to be honest, I wanna know what’s true
So won’t you take me up with you ’cause

*

(I’ve been searchin’, I’ve been searchin’)

*

I’ve been searching for a gold mine
To bring the colors right back into my eyes
Been searching for a gold mine, a gold mine

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