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All Things Bright and Beautiful

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Alt-pop CD is quirky but fine for older kids.
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Parents say

age 8+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 17 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

An appreciation for the beauty of nature appears throughout these songs.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The songs are all about valuing the positive things this world has to offer.


The song "Hospital Flowers" describes a car accident, and a few references to death and injuries appear in other tunes.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that All Things Bright and Beautiful is a largely clean album featuring no profanity or explicit references to sex and substance use. While it's also free of graphic violence, the track "Hospital Flowers" is about a car accident, and a few other songs contain mild mentions of injuries and dying. All in all, the record is an acceptable choice for older tweens and teens, though parents should also note that God and religion are referenced in a few places.

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Teen, 14 years old Written byPanda Incognito August 16, 2011

Absolutely marvelous!

Delightful, cheerful tunes which refrain from being sappy or happy-go-lucky, this album is a delight! I would recommend it to anyone! The music is beautiful, th... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bymathgirlie July 10, 2011


Owl City is one of my favorite bands/singers (which is he?) for one reason: his incredibly mushy lyrics. Yes, I admit it. His occasionally overly goopy choice o... Continue reading

What's the story?

ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL is the second album by Owl City, the one-man alt-pop group responsible for the global hit "Fireflies." The record once again finds Owl City taking the clean road, using no profanity or graphic descriptions in these 13 tracks that are mostly about nature and the highs and lows of love. Though parents should know that the darker themes of death and injuries appear in a few songs like "Hospital Flowers" and "Deer in the Headlights" (for example: "Got the sense that I was not her type / By the black eye and bloody nose"), the CD is overwhelmingly clean -- making it a good pick for older tweens and teens.

Is it any good?

On his follow-up album, Owl City sticks with the musical formula that made "Fireflies" a phenomenon: spacy synthesizers, bouncy percussion, and somewhat nerdy vocals that you can't help but be drawn to. Though there's not a lot of breakout creativity here, the record will undoubtedly strike a chord with the countless "Fireflies" fans.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the lyric "I'm on and off inside" in the song "How I Became the Sea" -- and how this line sums up some of the emotional ups and downs described in this album. What other lyrics besides this one indicate that Owl City seems conflicted at times?

  • How do you handle the times in your own life when you feel down and out?

  • Name five things you can do to pick yourself up when you're feeling low.

Music details

  • Artist: Owl City
  • Release date: June 14, 2011
  • Type: Album
  • Label: Universal
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No

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