The Glass Passenger

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All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
Andrew 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. Three years later, McMahon (now cancer-free) returns with his much-anticipated second album. Like ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
Andrew 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. Three years later, McMahon (now cancer-free) returns with his much-anticipated second album. Like Something Corporate's own sophomore effort, The Glass Passenger captures McMahon during a darker period -- understandably so, given his recent history -- and the introspective tone sometimes pales in comparison to the summery songs that graced Everything in Transit and Something Corporate's debut, Leaving Through the Window. There's pain here -- morphine drips, decreased sex drives, and the like -- and McMahon tackles those difficult subjects bluntly and tactfully. "What Gets You Off" deals with the recovery of his libido, even if the song sounds somewhat flaccid until the chorus' arrival, while "Hammers and Strings (A Lullaby)" is a vintage, waltzing ballad that serves as a pledge to McMahon's returning fans. "To the sleepless, this is my reply," he sings, "I will write you a lullaby." From the woozy, theatrical elegance of "Caves" to the orchestrated "Annie Use Your Telescope," ballads account for a big portion of The Glass Passenger, yet some of the album's best moments still occur during the faster songs. "Spinning" is a surging pop
ock gem, simple enough to become the most instantly recognizable song on the disc, while "American Love" and "Bloodshot" are flecked with buzzing synths and other New Wave flourishes. The Glass Passenger might not bare the same pop hooks as Everything in Transit, but it does stay afloat under the weight of McMahon's past, which bodes well for the songwriter's future work.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/30/2008
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 093624989707
  • Catalog Number: 371452
  • Sales rank: 41,553

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Crashin' (4:06)
  2. 2 Spinning (2:52)
  3. 3 Swim (4:16)
  4. 4 American Love (3:43)
  5. 5 What Gets You Off (5:12)
  6. 6 Suicide Blonde (3:28)
  7. 7 Annie Use Your Telescope (3:08)
  8. 8 Bloodshot (3:57)
  9. 9 Drop Out -- The So Unknown (3:33)
  10. 10 Hammers and Strings (A Lullaby) (4:34)
  11. 11 The Resolution (3:06)
  12. 12 Orphans (2:39)
  13. 13 Caves (8:19)
  14. 14 Miss California (3:54)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jack's Mannequin Primary Artist
P.J. Smith Background Vocals
Patrick Warren Keyboards, Bells, chamberlain, Pump Organ
CJ Eiriksson Drums, Tambourine
Carlos Sosa Saxophone
Raúl Vallejo Trombone
Stacy Clark Background Vocals
Aaron "Arvis" Dixon Guitar
Bobby Raw Guitar, Kazoo, Background Vocals
Fernando "Radical" Castillo Trumpet
Andrew James McMahon Piano, Glockenspiel, Kazoo, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Vocals, Hand Clapping, Foot Stomping
Max Coane Percussion
Technical Credits
Bobby Huber Engineer
Ted Jensen Mastering
Pete Martinez Engineer
Patrick Warren Arranger
Jim Wirt Producer
CJ Eiriksson Programming, Producer, Engineer
Alec Edmunds Engineer
Carl Stubner Management
Mouminatou Camara Engineer
Keith Armstrong Engineer
Neil Couser Engineer
Aaron "Arvis" Dixon Management
Nicolas Fournier Engineer
Andrew James McMahon Producer
Nik Karpen Engineer
Josey Alcantar Engineer
Jacob Sciba Engineer
Clifton Allen Engineer
Chris Rezanson Programming
Adam Fuller Engineer
Max Coane Programming, Engineer
Jared Dodd Engineer
Spencer Guerra Engineer
Bobby "Raw" Anderson Producer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    One of my all-time favorite albums

    I love Jack's Mannequin (and Something Corporate before them) so maybe I'm a bit biased; except that when I first heard the CD I don't remember being impressed because I thought it sounded a bit different from the first (Everything in Transit) but slowly, it grew on me. Now, almost a year later, I listen to it almost constantly (with the exception of "Hammers and Strings") and I couldn't be happier that I bought it. Definitely a recommended listen for any fans of Andrew or who just like that sort of emotional-without-being-completely-emo music.

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