Preview: Owl City at The Newport

By Columbus Alive
From the September 13, 2012 edition

In retrospect, “Fireflies” wasn’t so bad, was it? Sure, Owl City’s breakout hit cribbed liberally from the electro-pop-meets-indie-pop sound pioneered by The Postal Service. And sure, Adam Young’s lyrics verged on kindergarten levels of wide-eyed faux-etry. But it at least felt true to character.

It all seems so instantly nostalgic compared to “Good Time,” the recent single that saved both Owl City and “Call Me Maybe” starlet Carly Rae Jepsen from one-hit-wonder status. Listening to Young whimper about inspirational fairy-tale nonsense is unpleasant, but hearing him sing about how “It’s always a good time” when he and his friends kick it is even less digestible. And there’s a children’s choir for some reason? The video feels like one of those old straight-to-DVD Olsen twins movies. No one wants to party with this dude.

Go ahead, prove me wrong by showing up at the Newport this Sunday.