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Mobile Orchestra,Owl City’s fifth studio album, was released on July 10, 2015. The album contained several of Owl City’s well-received singles, as well as other tracks featuring popular vocalists. Through this album, Owl City expressed several relevant truths along with energizing pop melodies.
Owl City is the electronica music project of Adam Young, according to Wikipedia. I would consider the main sound of Mobile Orchestra to be a blend of electronic dubstep and pop, although a few of the tracks edge on other categories, making Mobile Orchestra not just a one-sound album.
Several well-known vocalists have collaborated with Young to make Mobile Orchestra a truly unique album. Aloe Blacc incorporates a soulful feel into “Verge,” Britt Nicole’s passionate vocals enhance the message of “You’re Not Alone,” and Jake Owen gives “Back Home” a definite country feel. Young definitely has a talent for working well with other vocalists to vary the style of his album.
Many of the songs on Mobile Orchestra are very real and relevant to most audiences, especially young adults. “Verge” (feat. Aloe Blacc) is an ode to graduating seniors from high school. Aloe Blacc explains their confusion with his lyrics, “When I close my eyes, I see my whole life in front of me.” “Verge” expresses how graduates are at a turning point in their lives, and it can be confusing at times. However, Young reminds us in the pre-chorus, that, “These are our hours, this is our time,” encouraging teens that we are the future and we can change the world.
“My Everything” and “You’re Not Alone” (feat. Britt Nicole) are very good pick-me-up songs. They both describe how when we feel lonely, confused, or just awful, God still loves us and helps us. “Can’t Live Without You” is faster and more electronic-sounding, but it still carries the same message: God helps us when we are feeling lonely and down. These songs are great reminders for all the times when we feel discouraged. I think that Mobile Orchestra is a great accomplishment for Young, because is captures what music really is: reaching out to people where they are, along with a catchy tune.
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