Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness [LP]

Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness [LP]

Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness [LP]

Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness [LP]

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The eponymous debut album from the Jack's Mannequin and Something Corporate mastermind under the Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness moniker, McMahon taps into his more commercial sensibilities and pulls out a ten-track set of Fun.-, Killers-, and Passion Pit-inspired pop confections that are as effortlessly breezy and melodic as they are steeped in carefully constructed melodrama. Opener "Canyon Moon" sets the tone with a punchy, Twin Peaks-ian tale of a lost girl that sounds like Coldplay distilled through the fat, foamy, factory-provided headphones that used to accompany the yellow Sony Sports Walkman -- there is a distinct, overly-serious, yet oddly comforting retro mid--80s vibe at work here that more or less permeates the entire album -- but McMahon saves the real earworm for the second course; "Cecilia and the Satellite," with its tried and true romantic grandstanding and big, Bastille-inspired group vocals, seems destined for a run of similarly themed movie trailers, and it helps to propel the listener through lesser, though by no means dreadful, cuts like "High Dive" and the sad-sack "See Her on the Weekend." McMahon's spot-on, self-effacing lyrics fit right in with the post-emo millennial overshare persuasion, and his penchant for on-the-nose phrasing and big pop moments would be grating if those instincts weren't so sharply honed and the sugary results so immaculately delivered. He may be in the wilderness emotionally, but his songs reside firmly beneath the bright lights of the city, where love, death, laughter, and heartache are most likely to fester. ~ James Christopher Monger

Product Details

Release Date: 11/04/2014
Label: Vanguard
UPC: 0015707843010
Rank: 3750


  1. Canyon Moon
  2. Cecilia and the Satellite
  3. High Dive
  4. All Our Lives
  5. See Her on the Weekend
  6. Black and White Movies
  7. Driving Through a Dream
  8. Halls
  9. Rainy Girl
  10. Maps For the Getaway

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness   Primary Artist
Andrew McMahon   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals,Keyboards
Mike Viola   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals (Background)
Zac Clark   Vocals,Keyboards,Percussion,Tambourine
Jay McMillan   Drums,Percussion
James Flannigan   Keyboards,Vocals (Background)
Mikey "The Kid" Wagner   Bass,Vocals,Keyboards,Percussion

Technical Credits

Patrick Warren   String Arrangements
Andrew McMahon   Composer,Producer
Kevin Griffin   Composer
Mike Viola   Composer,Engineer,Producer,Programming
Pete Lyman   Mastering
Zac Clark   Producer,Programming
Sam Hollander   Composer
Jay McMillan   Composer,Producer,Programming
Glenn A. Tabor III   Engineer
Stacy Clark   Composer
Spencer Guerra   Engineer
Jake Sinclair   Mixing,Programming,Additional Production
Andrew Goldstein   Composer
Brendan Walter   Photography
Anders Grahn   Composer
James Flannigan   Composer,Engineer,Producer,Programming
Brian Lee   Composer,Composer
Zachary Clark   Composer
Jimmy Marble   Photography
Michael Anthony Viola   Composer
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