Jack’s Mannequin Walk on Glass

In Uncategorized on October 26, 2008 at 12:32 am

Typically, a release date being pushed back foreshadows a great album, something that’s being reworked to perfection and fans should be excited to listen to on repeat for weeks after the release. The Glass Passenger by Jack’s Mannequin, released on September 29th, didn’t quite do that.

Jack’s Mannequin is a band from Orange County, California. The band’s lead singer, Andrew McMahon of Something Corporate, is also its founder. McMahon has battled with leukemia and the fear that his illness would keep him from properly promoting the band’s first album Everything in Transit. He overcame his cancer and Everything in Transit fared well it’s opening week.

Jack’s Mannequin’s sound hasn’t changed too much. It’s still catchy piano rock with lyrics by McMahon, but rather than the songs being upbeat “driving songs”, they are all slow, slightly depressing songs that don’t convey that good old Jack’s Mannequin joyfulness. And after getting halfway through The Glass Passenger, the “didn’t I just listen to this song?” feeling starts to kick in. It’s like listening to “Rescued” (a more drawn out song from Everything in Transit) fourteen times. The subject matter in each song is pretty much the same throughout; all of the songs are sort of melancholy and Andrew McMahon is still talking about the solar system.

“The Resolution” is the first single off of The Glass Passenger, and is the best song to single out and pull from the sluggish, dull mess that the album can become. “The Resolution” begins slowly and then picks up at the first hook. McMahon also delivers what a fan would expect of his on this track, lyrically. The first song on the album, “Crashin”, is a good opening for the album and the song “Bloodshot” is a fun song that could easily be sung along too and has hints of a Maroon 5 soulfulness at times. However, on “Bloodshot” the hook gets a bit too… “hooky”. The lyrics seem repetitive, rather than something that needs to be repeated. The Glass Passenger, unfortunately, has no equivalent to “Dark Blue” or “Holiday From Real” from the first Jack’s Mannequin album.

The Glass Passenger wasn’t a complete bust, but it didn’t live up to the first Jack’s Mannequin album. A majority of the songs weren’t worth listening to more than once and those that were still didn’t live up to Andrew McMahon’s full potential.


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