by Michelle Morgan
Ocean Eyes seems to capture the essence of electronics without overpowering the metaphorically simple lyrics of Adam Young or the
mellow style associated with this genre of music.
This track starts on a slow tempo but picks up into an unbelievably catchy, powerful chorus that will surely have people dancing and singing along.The uniquely simple lyrics of the album can at times miss the mark slightly as they seem to be trying too hard to be quirky. This can be ascribed to Dental Care which talks of dentist visits and oral hygiene. Unfortunately I feel this song is the stain on the album that should have been removed before being released. His collaborated song The Bird and the Worm with Matthew Thiessen whilst not as bad as Dental Care also verges on having lyrics that seem to reach that little way too far. However, the digi-tinkles seem to capture me every time, and I end up wrapped up in the lyrics I would usually be criticising. Young uses a blend of analog instruments, such as guitars and drums, mixed with artificial drum loops and harmoniously composed synths
that has a beautiful way of lifting a mood that would have the harshest of critics bopping along. However, for me it is the less upbeat melodies,
the melancholic, heart wrenchingly simplistic love songs that I seem to connect with in a way that is surprisingly deep. Tracks such as Meteor Shower and Saltwater Room (which features Breanne Duren) have this effect. However, it is Vanilla Twilight that does this best, with lyrics like:
as many times as I blink
I’ll think of you tonight
sucks me into realm of hopeless romantics, which I try so hard to avoid.While the album has been criticised for its simplicity and at times monotonous digital beats, I find it an easy listen that has a positivity and innocence that music has been lacking in recent years. Its unique, its good listen and I personally could listen to the album anytime, anywhere with anyone.