Reviewed! Owl City - Live From Los Angeles

Owl City
Live From Los Angeles
Eagle Vision

To be honest, Owl City’s latest DVD release Live From Los Angeles is more than you could ever need when it comes to seeing Adam Young’s Owl City in a live setting, except, you know, actually seeing him live. The performance here, filmed in front of a sold out Nokia Theatre in sunny LA, runs the course of 22 tracks, spanning the entire breadth of Young’s Owl City canon, from early material off of 2007’s Of June EP (”Swimming in Miami”), the following Maybe, I’m Dreaming (“I’ll Meet You There”), before giving way to massive amounts of tracks from the bands breakthrough hit record Oceans Eyes (“Hello Seattle,” “Meteor Shower,” “the Bird and the Worm”) and All Things Bright and Beautiful, for which the tour was in support of (“Galaxies,” “The Yacht Club,” “Deer in the Headlights”). Perhaps the most peculiar thing about Live From Los Angeles is that Young does not choose to close the night with his uber-popular single “Fireflies,” instead opting for “If My Heart Was a House,” a bonus track off of All Things Bright and Beautiful. Surprisingly, the crowd in attendance does not seem to mind. The lack of auto-tune is also a plus here, as normally Young’s Owl City releases are normally awash in the production tool, though onstage Young is pure as he plays a number of instruments throughout the night – though he does have a microphone rigged with auto-tune for the moments that call for such. There is also a 15-minute bonus interview, which includes a brief montage of behind-the-scenes footage and an interview with Young. Live From Los Angeles is a must-have for any fan – and more than a must-have for anyone who hasn’t caught Young and Owl City in a live venue as of yet.

Grade: B+