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All Things Bright and Beautiful 5/17
Adam young returned to his home studio in Owatonna, Minnesota, to cut the follow-up to 2009's platinum Ocean Eyes, once again playing most instruments himself. While tracks like "The Real World" and "Astronauts" recall his sugary electro megahit "Fireflies," Young also stretched musically, fusing digital pulses with acoustic country guitar on "Honey and the Bee." Other new tunes reflect post-fame experiences, like "Deer in the Headlights," which he says details "a bittersweet relational thing."