and no I will not apologize for how long this post is because there’s so much in this album to appreciate…
the whistling parts in “Verge” (dON’T LIE YOU WHISTLE ALONG EVERY TIME. DON’T DENY IT.)
that one chorus before the bridge where the beat really breaks down and makes you bop your head against your will
“from this day forward, I will make a promise/to be true to myself and always be honest” #FEELS
the ocean-eyesy strings and bleeps and bloops in “I Found Love” that take you back to the stuff that made owl city steal your fluttering fangirly heart aahhhhh nOSTALGIA
“when the fairy dust fell over us”
“so lead me home and lift me up/above the stars and even higher”
the way he sings “IIIIIIIIIIIIII-IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII” <3
the classic owl city intro in “Thunderstruck”
all the tight fancy zaps and zoops that make it IMPOSSIBLE TO SIT STILL BECAUSE OCEAN EYES AND TMS HAD A BABY AND IT. IS. GLORIOUS.
the deliciously airy, delicate, trilling vibrato in sarah’s voice omg
“I chased the phantoms down the hall/I felt the floorboards rise and fall” hmmmm those floorboards didn’t happen to have daisies pushing through them did they, Adam??? *winkwink* #plant life ftw
the part with “whoooaa, I’m leavin’ the world behind”
and that little tiny drip at the very end. yes.
the piano intro in “My Everything”
that first “Hallelujah” and you can HEAR the sunbeams breaking through clouds and God being all shiny and holy and stuff
that quiet part where adam sings “hallelujah” really really softly and it feels so intimate and you can hear the devotion and humbled awe radiating in his voice like I could listen to him sing that one word for hours
the whistling in “Unbelievable”
“the newest thing was lion king and I COULD FEEL THE LOVE”
adam’s perfect slick pronunciation of all the lyrics is so satisfying hot damn his vocals are ON POINT in this track
“my favorite part of Jurassic Park was how real the raptors looked”
the whole list of stuff adam rattles off in the bridge
the kids singing the na-na-na-nas in the background.
yeah pretty much this whole track is MY JAM
the first epic heart-pounding BA-DA-DA-DUM in “Bird With A Broken Wing” and suddenly you feel like CLIMBING A FRICKIN’ MOUNTAIN
ALL THE BA-DA-DA-DUMS, actually.
“I’m an astronaut on the ocean floor”
“and a bleeding heart makes you easy prey” holllly crap #CHILLS #DON’T LET THE WOLVES BITE #(ahaha see wat i did there)
“with the butterfly in the panic room”
ALL THE LYRICS, actually.
the reoccurring theme of stories and chapters and dark twisty plots like as a writer this GREATLY tickles my muse and I love it
the powerful rhythmic ATBAB-ish strings woven throughout the song and the epic way they build up in the in-between parts like daaaaannnng SEDUCE ME MORE WITH YOUR STRING ARRANGEMENTS <3
EVERY SINGLE FREAKING SECOND OF THIS SONG, ACTUALLY. YOU’VE OUTDONE YOURSELF ON THIS ONE ADAM. HAVE A CIGAR.
for real I could make an entire separate list for “Bird With A Broken Wing” and how it made me cry I am that much in love with it but anyway on to “Back Home”…
that wonderful cozy lazy relaxing guitar like ok poof we’re all cowboys singing around the campfire now and it’s a perfect starry night. shhh do not argue. embrace it. and roast a marshmallow while you’re at it.
the second chorus with the claps in it
“to bonfires and fireflies” #I SAW THAT
“pack your bags it’s time to go-oooooooo” yesss kill that high note adam
“and every gravel road’s a trip down memory lane” <3
jake and adam singing in unison together at the end and you get this irresistible EVERYBODY SING ALONG feeling and you don’t want it to stop
the dum-dum-dum, bzzzzzzzdum-dum-dum in “Can’t Live Without You”
“when I trip and I fall I collapse like a tidal wave” #I SAW THAT
that incredible “aaaaaa-aaaaaa-aaaaa” high note he sings after the chorus that cOMES OUT OF NOWHERE AND KNOCKS YOU OFF YOUR FEET
and omg that outro!!! when the music fades out and it’s nothing but layers of his voice and it’s like HELLO time for a surprise guest appearance of Adam & The Adams. I love it when songs do roundy stuff like that. SO COOL.
in “You’re Not Alone” how quiet and vulnerable adam sounds in that first verse
and then the chorus comes in and it’s like OK EVERYONE GET OUT YOUR CELLULAR DEVICES AND CIGARETTE LIGHTERS TIME TO DO THE SWAY-Y THING AND GET WORSHIPY AND EMOTIONAL
also is that a tambourine I hear in the background?? heck yes tambourines are rad
ooohhhh my lord and then “This Isn’t The End” comes along and that first line oh so casually drops on you like a brick
“cos the father she loved left and never looked back” #CRYING #AND WE’RE ONLY 10 SECONDS IN #FRICK
“and then with a gunshot he left them behind” THE WAY THAT LINE JUST PUNCHES YOU IN THE GUT. EVERY TIME. UGH.
how all the key changes get higher and higher, like the music itself is telling you “look up! there’s light ahead, I promise!”
the part in the third verse where the beat stops and those pads sound like they’re pulling or reaching for something
“how close is the ending, well nobody knows/the future’s a mystery and anything goes”
that moment at the very end where you hear the pedal lift off the piano strings. like you were sitting right next to adam the whole time, having a heart-to-heart. <3
🍍WHAT THE PINEAPPLE???🍍 @ajol_llama’s YouTube channel is finally up! Tune in every week and you might see a lot of familiar faces. 😏😏😏 And if you watched the whisper challenge videos … I KEEP AN OWL RIGHT IN A HOLE.
See you in a month, amburrito ✌