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All Things Bright and Beautiful

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Alt-pop CD is quirky but fine for older kids.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

Positive role models

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

Violence

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

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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.

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?

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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.

Families can talk 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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Teen, 13 years old Written byTangiRose January 19, 2012

All Things Bright and Beautiful

This was my first Owl City album. I love it. Some of the themes might be a little over younger kids' heads, however the lyrics do have their moments of sheer cheesiness. For example, in the song 'The Yaht Club', the first line of the song goes as the following: "My rock candy passion is bitter sweet, and hard to the teeth; 'Cuz she would rather fall in chocolate..especially with me. I stood under the waterfall with a kiwi-pinapple parasol, as Cinderella dropped the crystal ball and made a concrete cavern--a caterpillar concert...Aah..." ...See? Almost no since at all. The tunes are catchy, though. The rest of the songs are great, but 'Hospital Flowers', 'Plant Life' and 'Kamikaze' refernace to injury or death...three of my favorite songs of all time, but it might disturb younger listeners. Reguardless, I think this is a must-have for everyone. :)
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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, the lyrics often poetic and clever, and Adam Young's faith is clearly represented without contrivance.
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Teen, 14 years old Written bymathgirlie July 10, 2011

Amazing!

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 of words has appealed to my hidden romantic self, and I was dragged in to become a hardcore Owl Citizen. In the review for "Ocean Eyes," the CSM reviewer seemed to make it appear that his sappy lyrics were a BAD thing, and let me just say that I totally disagree. Adam's music puts me into a euphoric daze whenever I hear it - he is, as onyxprincess put, a hopeless romantic. I've been waiting for All Things Bright and Beautiful since January, and it's finally here and as amazing as I expected it to be! He's branching out a bit, experimenting with various musical styles, but he keeps the good ol' heart-melting verses that define him as an artist. Content-wise, this album is as clean as a polished marble floor: there is one 'violent' metaphor in "Hospital Flowers," but it's not meant to be viewed as literal: it's just a metaphor, nothing more. And in "Deer in the Headlights," the only other 'violent' phrase is played for laughs, so nothing big there. There is no sexual content besides lovey-dovey, hopelessly-in-love-with-you stuff, and there's no language whatsoever. Adam Young is a great role model and everyone should support his music! Buy this CD NOW!
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