Owl City – Cinematic: The soundtrack to a boring documentary you can’t even watch.

2018_OwlCity_CinematicArtist: Owl City
Album: Cinematic
Year: 2018
Grade: C

In Brief: Somewhere within this hodgepodge of bland personal anecdotes and ill-advised bits of genre-hopping, are a small handful of truly imaginative synthpop songs that remind me of why I once risked the scorn of fellow critics to proclaim that I actually liked Owl City. While sifting through 15 songs (and 3 alternate versions!) to find those rare gems is generally not a delightful experience, this album might still be a step up from Mobile Orchestra.

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Marah in the Mainsail – Bone Crown: I guess the title “Beast Epic” was already taken.

2017_MarahintheMainsail_BoneCrownArtist: Marah in the Mainsail
Album: Bone Crown
Year: 2017
Grade: B+

In Brief: A fascinatingly dark concept album, whose tale of animals vying for control of the forest is told in a gritty, muscular indie folk/rock style that shows more vocal and instrumental diversity than Marah’s first record. Every listen reveals something new.

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Owl City – All Things Bright and Beautiful: Reality is a lovely place, but this guy wouldn’t want to live there.

2011_OwlCity_AllThingsBrightandBeautifulArtist: Owl City
Album: All Things Bright and Beautiful
Year: 2011
Grade: B-

In Brief: Easily twice as goofy as Ocean Eyes, but it explores some new musical territory and should be a crowd-pleasing sequel, uncomfortable lyrical moments aside.

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