Review : Jack's Mannequin - The Glass Passenger
RollingstoneOn the day Jack's Mannequin finished mastering their 2005 debut, Everything in Transit, frontman Andrew McMahon was diagnosed with leukemia. Already known for his intimate lyrics — Transit aired the details of his breakup with a long-term girlfriend — he addresses his illness head-on. The Glass Passenger is a candid portrait of survival that reunites McMahon with the piano rock of his old band Something Corporate. Album highlight "Caves" begins with a quiet reflection — just falsetto vocals against a piano melody — before the singer erupts over a fury of guitars: "We're not gonna lie/Son, you just might die/Get you on that morphine drip." Elsewhere, lush orchestration adds depth to the ballad "Annie Use Your Telescope" and uplift to the midtempo "Crashin," where McMahon imagines life after recovery....full text
SpinLaunched by keyboardist Andrew McMahon when his alt-rock quintet Something Corporate went on hiatus in 2004, Jack's Mannequin isn't a throwaway side project. The Glass Passenger, the group's second album, chronicles McMahon's successful battle against leukemia, matching hyperemotional melodies with his tender voice on dramatic tracks such as "Swim," where he exclaims, "I'm not giving in!" Some songs feel like generic emo exercises, but the delirious "Caves," a memorable eight-minute meditation on illness and treatment, suggests McMahon has staying power....full text
AllmusicAndrew McMahon made his exit from Something Corporate in 2004 and launched Jack's Mannequin the following year, funneling his taste for sun-kissed power pop and piano-fueled ballads into Everything in Transit. The album was a strong, cohesive effort from a songwriter who previously sailed beneath many critics' radars, but McMahon's success provided little relief from his plummeting health. He was diagnosed with leukemia two months before the album's release, and a series of chemotherapy treatments prevented him from supporting Everything in Transit with a proper tour....full text
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