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My daughter says that all it takes to make me happy with a song is a few blippity bloops from the synthesizer but there aren’t enough blippity bloops in the world to make this song interesting. YAAAAAWWWWN.
I like this because it reminds me of some of the great country rock that I used to love in the 70s. It’s not quite brought into the present the way that someone like Yeasayer does with thier 80s throwback sound so I can see why some are hating on it. It’s always entertaining to read the comments.
This song started playing in my car this morning and for a split second thought I was listening to Fleetwood Mac. NOW I know why I like it so much.
Definitely a grower. Didn’t even think I wanted to download songs the first time I heard them but left them on my random play list and found they were sticking in my head. Started to feel like this was a noise that my ears had been craving but didn’t know it yet, ya know? I’m an old hippie and not a hipster, so my tastes probably lean more towards the ‘does it rock out?’ than the ‘how well is is crafted?’ category and I think it really rocks out in a smart way.
Holy crap! I was reading an article about Monsters of Folk (way overrated) and clicked on something that brought me here. I can’t believe this argument is still going on. Owl City didn’t rip anyone off but Ben Gibbard STOLE Sufjan Stevens’ voice!!! Stuff that in your pipes and smoke it.
Nice sound, but totally ripped off from Paul Simon’s ‘Rhythm of the Saints’.
It reaches the point where its not even about the band anymore and about principle, but yes, I do tend towards compulsive behavior sometimes. Gotta work on that.
“The people who like him also get chills when they peruse the top 10 songs on itunes.”
I generally dislike most of the top 10 songs on ITunes so there goes the integrity of that statement. Critique the song please and quit judging the people that like it. I’m sure that one or two of them might be intelligent. I say this knowing it will fall on deaf ears, so I’m going to go on to something more productive now. You kids have a good time and try to play nice.
OK. I have the time. Right now I’m liking Phoenix, Grizzly Bears, Julian Casablancas, Passion Pit, The Avett Bros, Freelance Whales, etc, Quick trip through the past, Rick Nelson, the Who, Jethro Tull, Roxy Music, and a bunch of stuff I just can’t remember off the top of my head. But enough of that, There is a lot of music out there that I hate too but I don’t feel qualified to post my assumptions about it anywhere. I just hate to see anyone get racked over the coals this way. I honestly do not see ‘more than similarity’ to The Postal Service here. So sue me and have a lovely day!
FYI, I don’t share the same religious beliefs as this artist. I was just pointing his beliefs out as another influence that might make his music unappealing to some people. I think that it would be very appropriate for the artist to get compensation but stop short of making accusations based on limited knowledge,
I’m sorry if I seem to be defending the characher of someone that I don’t even know. For all I know he could be just the opposite of the image that has been put out there. I wasn’t trying to defend the person but rather to put my finger on what it was about the music itself that made some people have such a negative reaction to it. Especially since I like most of the same music that the usual Stereogum reader does. I’ve listenedThe Postal Service for years and see the similarity. I’ve been listening to music since before the Beatles and I think I can tell the difference between being influenced by someone and trying to imitate them. You probably don’t agree!
As far as the album art goes, it was posted on the internet for anyone to use – uncopywrighted from what I read- so it isn’t stealing, although I agree that an acknowledgement would be appropriate. Success does tend to put the artist in a position of less control. Mae what you want of it. Most of you are quite judgemental.
Name your favorite band and give anyone with some brains and access to the internet a few hours and they can produce ‘evidence’ to support their argument that they are stealing from someone else too. It might be a better idea to use those brains to build up rather than tear down.
Aren’t you the clever one :-)
Interesting… I wasn’t aware that all respectable artists made a point to checked the credentials of the artwork submitted to them for approval by their record label . . . is this a fact that you have verified yourself or just an assumptiom made on your part?
Really now. What possess people to set off on a vandetta to criticize and malign someone that most peope describe as ‘down to earth and humble’ after meeting? Jealousy? When you start scouring the internet to find things like art work (was he supposed to paint his own?) to support your weak argument that he has plagiarized something that you like(even though you hate it) it really reeks of sour grapes.
For what it’s worth, I am a notorious skeptic and can usually pick out a phony pretty easily. I felt nothing but heart and authenticity of expression from my first listen to Owl City (which happened to be from his ‘Maybe I’m Dreaming’ album). Adam frequently states that his relationship with God is his highest priority so that apparently has the effect of making the songs too ‘squeaky clean’ for some folks. These blogs make me think of Homer Simpson railing against Ned Flanders. Its actually quite comical.
With the exception of the expletive at the end of your comment I agree completly. I just hope that Adam won’t allow himself to be overly influenced by a recording company wanting him to crank out ‘hits’ and stop making songs like the ones that you mentioned, Also among my personal favorites are Dear Vienna, Rainbow Veins and I’ll Meet You There, They take me on private vacations to my happy place, Sorry if that disgusts so many people here. Let the wretching begin.
And they say that old people are judgemental. You need a hug. Maybe 10,000?
I am a 55 yr old grandmother who likes old and new music. I heard the Postal Service the first time about 6 yrs ago and loved it. I heard Owl City the first time about 6 months ago (through Itunes recommendations) and loved it too. Profiling and generalizing can lead to some pretty inaccurate conclusions, eh?