The Midsummer Station
Label: Universal Records
Adam Young branches out from his usual one-man show to enlist the help of co-writers and outside producers for the first time -- and the gamble pays off. For "Shooting Star" he turned to Matt Thiessen (Relient K), Stargate (Rihanna, Wiz Khalifa) and Robopop (Maroon 5), while the rocker "Dementia" features Blink-182's Mark Hoppus and documents the dark side of sudden fame. The kids will go crazy for the peppy, Glee-ready track "Good Time," a duet with Carly Rae Jepsen, but the album overall remains true to the synth-driven, melodic pop sound that won Owl City fans in the first place.