Yeah the couple people hating it on this website doesn't account for everyone. There's an overwhelming amount of positive comments on twitter, instagram, iTunes reviews, etc. Critics are also loving it from what I've seen. I can't stand Owl City either, so I don't know how you could compare the two, other than the synth intro to "Catching Cold." I understand how one who holds such high expectations from his old material could find this disappointing, but think of this as a separate project, not a continuation. I think this could be a big break for him mainstream wise if this gets the promotion it deserves. "After the Fire" is a Top 40 hit.
You're missing my entire point, I never said "hate" ... I picked my words pretty carefully. And twitter/instagram/iTunes is all just confirmation bias, the people that would post on those things are the die-hard
fans. I dunno what respectable "critics" are even covering it. Tumblr blogs don't count as critics. I don't mind Owl City, he can write some pretty solid pop-songs ... and it's pretty easy to compare them in the current incarnation (this album vs Owl City's last).
There is absolutely zero potential in "After the Fire" being a Top 40 hit. I doubt it ever gets played on the radio at all.