Ocean Eyes
Official cover for Ocean Eyes





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Universal Republic


Synthpop, electronica


Adam Young

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Ocean Eyes is the second full-length studio album by electronic recording artist Owl City. It was released on the iTunes Store on July 14, 2009, and was sold in stores on September 1, 2009. The official cover art features a photograph of the Burj Al Arab. A vinyl edition was released, followed by a two-disc deluxe edition available on January 26, 2010. The deluxe edition includes four new tracks, including a remixed version of "Hello Seattle" by Adam Young.  The album also contains guest vocals by Relient K vocalist Matt Thiessen on the songs "Fireflies", "Cave In", "The Bird and the Worm", and "Tidal Wave".

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On July 14, 2009, the lead single, "Fireflies" was chosen as the Single of the Week by the iTunes music store. This led to a huge success as the song was downloaded over 650,000 times and helped the album reach No. 2 on the US store. This success also led to the record company pushing back the release date of the physical copy of the album from July 28, 2009 to September 1, 2009. Adam Young, the founder of Owl City told The Sun that Cave In was especially dear to his heart as "that song captures in just a few words, all my hopes and dreams." The album sold approximately 18,000 copies digitally in its debut week. The album reached the top ten in the US peaking at No. 8. The same week its lead single Fireflies topped the Billboard Hot 100. Eventually, Ocean Eyes climbed to No. 1 on iTunes after the album price was lowered for a limited period of time.

The album has slightly different versions of songs from previous albums, namely Hello Seattle from Of June and On the Wing and The Saltwater Room from the album Maybe I'm Dreaming.


No. Title Length
1. "Cave In" 5:04
2. "The Bird and the Worm" 4:40
3. "Hello Seattle" (originally from Of June) 3:22
4. "Umbrella Beach" 4:52
5. "The Saltwater Room" (originally from Maybe I'm Dreaming) 4:15
6. "Dental Care" 3:04
7. "Meteor Shower" 4:27
8. "On the Wing" (originally from Maybe I'm Dreaming) 2:48
9. "Fireflies" (video) 3:58
10. "The Tip of the Iceberg" 4:16
11. "Vanilla Twilight" (video) 2:51
12. "Tidal Wave" 4:03
Total length 42:52

iTunes bonus tracksEdit

No. Title Length
13. "Hello Seattle (Remix)" 5:53
14. "If My Heart Was a House" 4:06

Japanese edition bonus tracksEdit

No. Ttitle Length
13. "Hot Air Balloon" 3:35
14. "Rugs From Me to You 1:28

Deluxe edition: disc 2Edit


Deluxe edition

No. Ttitle Length
1. "Hot Air Balloon" 3:35
2. "Butterfly Wings" 2:54
3. "Rugs From Me To You" 1:27
4. "Sunburn" 3:47
5. "Hello Seattle (Remix)" 5:53
6. "If My Heart Was a House"


7. "Strawberry Avalanche" 3:18
8 "Fireflies (Adam Young Remix)" (iTunes exclusive) 3:12

Singles releasedEdit


"Fireflies" was released as the album's first single on July 14, 2009, in the U.S. and on January 8, 2010, in the U.K. It climbed the Billboard Hot 100 slowly until reaching No. 7 and leaping to No. 1 the following week. "Fireflies" topped the Billboard Chart for two non-consecutive weeks, as well as topping the iTunes Top 100 Chart for several weeks. "Fireflies" was originally released as a free U.S. iTunes digital download the week the album had its digital release in the U.S., which could have contributed to the single's massive success. Fireflies continued to make the top 10 most downloaded songs in many countries and reached No.1 on the Official U.K. Singles Chart on January 24, 2010.

Vanilla TwilightEdit

"Vanilla Twilight" was released as the album's second US single on January 26, 2010, to radio, the same day that the deluxe edition of Ocean Eyes hit stores. During the same week that "Fireflies" topped the Hot 100, "Vanilla Twilight" debuted at No. 95. It has since re-entered and re-peaked on the Hot 100 at No. 72 on the week ending January 9, 2010.

Umbrella BeachEdit

"Umbrella Beach" was released as the album's second U.K. single on May 17, 2010. "Umbrella Beach" was originally released promotionally on November 19, 2009, preceding the release of the official first single "Fireflies." An exclusive remix created by Kenny Hayes is included on the single release. There is also a music video available for it. Unlike "Fireflies" and "Vanilla Twilight", Young does not appear in the video, aside from a few photos.

Digital singlesEdit

"Strawberry Avalanche" and "Hot Air Balloon" were released as digital-only promotional singles in June 2009, leading up to the release of the album, but they only appeared on the deluxe edition.

"Sunburn" was released as a digital-only promotional single for the soundtrack of 90210 in October 2009, and it was also released free to people who bought "Ocean Eyes" during a span of several weeks of December 2009.


Owl CityEdit

  • Adam Young – vocals, keyboards, synthesizers, piano, guitars, bass, drums, programming, producer, engineer

Additional musicians and productionEdit

Adam's CommentsEdit

Young discussed the origin of the album's title, saying: "I'm from the middle of nowhere in Minnesota you see, so the ocean has always been a curiously dreamy, ethereal, almost romantic thing to me. Over the years I spent a great deal of time with my eyes closed, imagining myself having the most wonderful adventures by the seaside. Doing things one can only do in dusk and glow and midsummer dreams, as if the back of my closed eyelids were a silver screen and I was a sentimental projectionist with hundreds of fanciful reels at hand, all ready to roll. Thus is the reasoning behind the title." - Adam Young, Adam Young's blog

Reviews and CriticismEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic [4]
Drowned in Sound [5]
Entertainment Weekly (B+)
Evening Standard [6]
The Observer (mixed)[7]
Independent (unfavorable)[8]
PopMatters [9]
Rolling Stone [10]
Jesus Freak Hideout [11]

Ocean Eyes has received mixed reviews from critics, based on an aggregate. Metacritic gave the album a 53/100. The album gained some positive reviews, including Entertainment Weekly which gave it a B+ and said that it was filled with memorable choruses and that the highlight song was "Dental Care". Jesus Freak Hideout also was favorable towards the album; the review highlighted the album's musical style, saying that it had "dreamy lyrics and open soundscapes."

On the other hand, Rolling Stone claimed Ocean Eyes as "disappointing", by giving it only 2/5 stars. The magazine especially criticized the slower songs, saying that forgettable tracks like "On the Wing" were "just mush". Allmusic also gave the album an a total of 2.5/5, stating "Ocean Eyes ultimately winds up too sugary for its own good, though, having focused on dessert without giving its listeners any sort of meaty, substantive entrée. A handful of ballads add some sense of variety to the album's pace, but Owl City is largely a vehicle for the one song Adam Young knows how to make."

Chart PerformanceEdit

Chart/Country Peak
Australian ARIA Albums Chart 14
Canadian Albums Chart 18
Denmark Albums Chart 36
Dutch Albums Chart 42
French Albums Chart 88
Irish Albums Chart 16
Japanese Albums Chart 17
German Albums Chart 7
New Zealand Albums Chart 5
South African Albums Chart[20] 7
Swedish Albums Chart[21] 39
Swiss Albums Chart 29
UK Albums Chart 7
U.S. Billboard 200 8
U.S. Billboard Dance/Electronic Albums 1
U.S. Billboard Top Rock Albums 1
U.S. Billboard Alternative Albums 1

Year-end chartsEdit

Country/Chart Peak position
US Billboard 200 32

YouTube PlaylistEdit

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  • "Hello Seattle" originally appeared on the 2007 debut EP "Of June" but was then re-recorded and included on Ocean Eyes.
  • The Burj Al Arab featured on the cover also appears in the music video for Adam Young's short instrumental of the same title.
  • This is the highest UK charting Owl City album to date, peaking at #7 on the UK Albums Chart. It is also the only Owl City top 10 album and also the only album that spawns two top 100 UK singles from it.
  • This is the first album to not have been self released.
  • This was the first album to feature more than one writer other than Adam Young.
Owl City Discography
Owl CityPeopleSwimming with DolphinsPort Blue
Of June (EP) singles
Maybe I'm Dreaming singles
Ocean Eyes singles
Fireflies (lead) ・ Vanilla TwilightHello SeattleUmbrella Beach
All Things Bright and Beautiful singles
Alligator Sky (feat. Shawn Chrystopher) (lead) ・ GalaxiesDeer in the HeadlightsLonely LullabyAngelsDreams Don't Turn to Dust
Shooting Star (EP) singles
Shooting Star
The Midsummer Station singles
Shooting StarGood Time (feat. Carly Rae Jepsen) (lead) ・ Metropolis
The Midsummer Station - Acoustic EP singles
Ultraviolet (EP) singles
Beautiful Times (feat. Lindsey Stirling)
Mobile Orchestra singles
Verge (feat. Aloe Blacc) ・ My EverythingUnbelievable (feat. Hanson)
Non-album tracks
Peppermint Winter
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