Its impossible to listen Owl City without drawing comparisons to The Postal Servicealbeit ersatz comparisons. With City, the listener is exposed to rose colored synth-pop accompanied by singer Adam Youngs wafer thin warbling voice (à la Ben Gibbard). The most notable difference between the two, however, is that Young, who uses a hint of Auto-Tune, delivers his metrosexually charged lyrical material in a cadence that calls hip-hop to mind. All things considered, if youre going to rip someone off, there is worse material to mine. But when Young sings lines like For all my pals in the oceans and the seas, with friends like you who needs anemones? its hard to know whether to laugh at the message or the messenger. That said, there is an infectious quality to the overall production and arraignment of Owl Citys songsand these days, who cant use a good dance and a chuckle?
Thu., Oct. 22, 8:30 p.m., 2009