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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
If Andrew McMahon is the Ben Folds of Something Corporate, then his side project Jack's Mannequin is his Fear of Pop, his opportunity to step out of the group and try something different. Except in McMahon's case, it isn't so much fear of pop as much as an embrace of pop, since he sheds the loud guitars and punky overtones of his main band for a sunny, unabashedly tuneful Californian pop on Jack's Mannequin's debut album, Everything in Transit. In truth, it's not all that far removed from his contributions to Something Corporate, which were also tightly written and tuneful, but it sounds truer to his artistic inclinations than either of SC's studio albums, since...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
If Andrew McMahon is the Ben Folds of Something Corporate, then his side project Jack's Mannequin is his Fear of Pop, his opportunity to step out of the group and try something different. Except in McMahon's case, it isn't so much fear of pop as much as an embrace of pop, since he sheds the loud guitars and punky overtones of his main band for a sunny, unabashedly tuneful Californian pop on Jack's Mannequin's debut album, Everything in Transit. In truth, it's not all that far removed from his contributions to Something Corporate, which were also tightly written and tuneful, but it sounds truer to his artistic inclinations than either of SC's studio albums, since underneath its guise as a loose concept album about a year of turbulent relationships on Venice Beach, it's a full-blown singer/songwriter piano-pop album. More than ever, on Everything in Transit McMahon sounds like the heir to Ben Folds' wise-ass interpretation of Joe Jackson, but McMahon isn't as cynical or goofy as Folds. His humor is sardonic and low-key, plus he's more concerned with affairs of the heart. Although he relies a little bit too heavily on first-person narratives, he has a keener eye for character and behavior than his emo peers, and he's a better tunesmith, too, not just content to write hooks, but taking the time to let the music build and breathe. With producer Jim Wirt, McMahon has given Everything in Transit an appropriately colorful, even cinematic, scope and, thanks to drums provided by Tommy Lee (who proves here that he's a more versatile drummer than he ever did in Mötley Crüe), it also has strong backbone. So the album has momentum, but it's as sweetly melancholy as a fading summer, yet not nearly as transient as that, either. It really shouldn't work -- it's a conceptual power pop album, delivered by an emo songwriter, backed by an aging metalhead, and co-produced by a guy who gave Hoobastank hits -- but the result is one of the more pleasant surprises of 2005. It's good enough that it makes you hope that McMahon makes Jack's Mannequin his full-time band. [This version comes packaged with a bonus DVD that includes music videos, live footage and band commentary.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/7/2006
  • Label: Maverick
  • UPC: 093624321521
  • Catalog Number: 43215
  • Sales rank: 132,568

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Holiday from Real (2:58)
  2. 2 The Mixed Tape (3:14)
  3. 3 Bruised (4:02)
  4. 4 I'm Ready (3:55)
  5. 5 La Lie (3:54)
  6. 6 Dark Blue (4:11)
  7. 7 Miss Delaney (3:44)
  8. 8 Kill the Messenger (3:24)
  9. 9 Rescued (3:55)
  10. 10 Mfeo, Pt. 1: Made for Each Other/Mfeo, Pt. 2: You Can Breathe (8:01)
  11. 11 Into the Airwaves (6:39)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Bonus Material
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jack's Mannequin Primary Artist
Patrick Warren Accordion, Melodica, Moog Synthesizer, Sampling, chamberlain
Jim Wirt Bass, Guitar, Background Vocals
Tommy Lee Drums
Brian Coffman Guitar
CJ Eiriksson Drums
Andrew McMahon Organ, Harmonica, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, Bells, Wurlitzer, Hand Percussion, Interviewee
Terry Wilson Sitar
Technical Credits
Paul Hernandez Video Producer
Scott Humphrey Drum Engineering
Pete Martinez Contributor
Brian Reeves Vocal Engineer, Demo Engineer, Piano Engineer
P.J. Smith Contributor
Patrick Warren Horn Samples, String Samples
Jim Wirt Producer
David May Producer
CJ Eiriksson Programming, Engineer, Pro-Tools
Ricky Tubb Contributor
Carl Stubner Management
Raena Winscott Producer
Neil Couser Engineer
Frank Maddocks Art Direction
Chris Baseford Drum Engineering
Aaron "Arvis" Dixon Management
Andrew McMahon Composer, Producer, Art Direction
Abbey "The Intern" Contributor
Josey Alcantar Engineer
Jen Levett Contributor
Katherine Reka OConnell Illustrations
Wayne Robins Web Design
Brent Sinay Contributor
Adam Trejo Contributor
Fulltank Video Director
Greg Kaplan Video Producer, Video Director
Jacques Lambert Video Producer
Jonathan Lia Video Producer
MikeyP Video Producer, Video Director
Brett Simon Video Director
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Purchase You Won't REGRET!!!!

    This is one of the best CDS (besides Andrew McMahon's other CDS from Something Corporate) that I have ever bought. It is WELL worth the money.. If you like piano rock, lots of energy and great, meaningful lyrics, this CD is for you. I highly recommend the CD/DVD version, but if you don't have that much money to spend, at least get the CD.. YOU WON'T REGRET IT!!!!

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