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What's the story?
Super-one-man band Owl City is comprised of sole singer and musical wizard Adam Young. Written, composed, and produced in the basement of his parent's home in Owatanna, MN, "ALLIGATOR SKY" is the lead single off of the upcoming fourth album All Things Bright and Beautiful. This electro-pop single is full of optimism and dreamy inspiration, with the digital release featuring rapper Shawn Chrystopher.
Is it any good?
At first listen "Alligator Sky" seems a little cliched, but once you shut off your brain and just listen, its simple beauty is eye-opening and chill-inducing. The music and lyrics are inspiring and even a little haunting -- "Even though I'll never know what's up ahead, I'm never letting go"-- forcing you to think about your own dreams, wants, and aspirations. The digital version with Shawn Chrystopher gives an added edge that might be better for the pop scene, but the solo version is great, too.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the fact that Owl City (a.k.a. Adam Young) got a record deal after he became so popular on MySpace. What do you think about the new wave of celebrity and success that starts with the Internet? Are these artists still valid?
The music of Owl City is created by one person. Does this fact make his music more intriguing?
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