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Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 13/03/2011 10:03:08
Being a massive Andrew McMahon fan this is a good Album. But My personal favourite is "Leaving through the window" album by Something Corporate which is where my taste of this music started. I am more of a something corporate fan than JMfan, But all for all the last two albums, being this one and "everything in transit" musical talent to a tee.
But guys definitely check out his first band something corporate as you'll find them as good if not better
Note: This Review was made by Play.com customer: HA1987 on Rakuten’s Play.com on the date shown.
A MUST BUY for any JM fan
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 03/05/2009 16:06:33
I decided to buy The Glass Passenger from play.com after reading many fantastic reviews on here. You, like me, will not be disappointed. Andrew McMahon has an amazing ability to capture any moment and make it beautiful with his cascading melodies, lyrical genius, and hypnotic vocals. He eases you in with the relatively easy-listening Crashin, but by the time you have reached American Love it is clear that his big pop melodies are as on form as they were on Everything in Transit. Caves is an unforgettable track which I particularly love as it marries together a stunning melody with tear-worthy lyrics. The Glass Passenger takes the listener on a rollercoaster journey of lost love, tragedy and hope and is an absolute essential for any music collection.
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Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 14/03/2009 19:27:04
This album is different class. 9 of the tracks are pure quality, and the others aren't bad at all. Best album i have ever heard. Nothing else is being played on my ipod.
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I think we found the resolution!
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 05/01/2009 20:02:29
I was pretty sure McMahon's follow up to the fantastic 'Everything in transit' could never be as great as I had hoped, how wrong I was, from start to finish this is an incredible story of strength and perseverance. The first track 'Crashing' is a huge opener, completely setting you up for the rest of the album, McMahon telling everyone who listens that he's not going down without a fight, infact 99% of this album is in regards to his battle with Leukaemia, which undoubtedly isn't a bad thing, equally as powerful 'Swim' is reflective also, my favourites are definitely 'The Resolution' and 'What gets you off?' a trashy modern love story made beautiful with the stunning vocals. One of the weaker tracks, 'Suicide blonde' it's memorable but repetitive, a little overproduced/polished at times maybe something do to with the record's co producer, Jim Wirt (Incubus, Hoobastank)
To conclude, although tragic the story behind this album makes it perfectly influential to listen to, over and over, the lyrics are more sophisticated and intelligent than before, the melodies convincingly persuasive.
There's more piano and less pop punk, but I love it, and if you enjoyed 'Everything In Transit' you'll without a doubt love it too.
Note: This Review was made by Play.com customer: clarity on Rakuten’s Play.com on the date shown.
Great follow up album!
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 09/12/2008 10:11:51
If you liked Jack's Mannequin's first album- Everything in Transit, then you will love The Glass Passenger! It's has a raw sound and an honesty that shines through each song- purely from everything the lead singer has gone through battling cancer. The songs are amazing, I can't think of one bad track. My favourties include: Spinning, Bloodshot, Drop Out - The So Unknown, and Caves- a beautiful piano melody in two parts. I'm loving this album!
Note: This Review was made by Play.com customer: thatsleepygirl on Rakuten’s Play.com on the date shown.
The Glass Passenger
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 06/11/2008 21:44:26
Back in the summer of 2005, when I was about to start my first year at uni, former Something Corporate singer/pianist Andrew McMahon, released the first album from his Jack's Mannequin side project; 'Everything in Transit', 45 minutes of piano based pop/rock perfection that's quite possibly the album I listed to the most during my 3 years. So it seems somewhat appropriate that as I finish and move on to the next stage in my life, (whatever that may be) that his second release emerges. Or at least it should have, as several unexplained delays pushed its eventual release from April to the end of September.
Of course, it's not been as easy road for McMahon, as any fan knows he spent the months after the completion of Everything in Transit, battling with Leukaemia. He made a full recovery, but it still resulted in the once prolific songwriter taking 3 years to produce another album.
This could lead to some concern that The Glass Passenger would consist of songs all about suffering with cancer. That's not the case at all, though it is understandably addressed frequently, it's dealt with in a mature and usually positive manner.
"Swim for the music that saves you when you're not so sure you'll survive"
It starts off in fine, if typical album, style, with the one-two of 'Crashing' and 'Spinning', both of which showcase McMahon's talent for big pop melodies, particularly the latter, ranking as one of his best yet. It then slows down for equally excellent third track 'Swim'.
Unfortunately, it all then takes a downhill turn with the next quartet of songs all falling below standards. While some are still good in parts, they're mostly just okay, nothing special, with a couple relying far too heavily on repetition of the title to make up the lyrics, and when the title is as bizarre as 'Annie Use Your Telescope', that can't really go unnoticed.
Luckily though, by the time 'Bloodshot' kicks in with its up-tempo guitar verse and rolling strings and piano chorus, McMahon's back at the top of his game. Remarkably he keeps up the high quality throughout the remainder of the album, which has the ballads and the pop tracks in equal numbers, with the beautiful and personal 'Hammers and Strings' being the standout. As the album eventually reaches its conclusion with the two-parted 'Caves' beginning with a slow free-form (ish) segment before building up to the big finale, you'll have forgotten all about the more pedestrian tracks.
Other than the typical fan whine of 'it's not as good as the last one' the only minor complaint is mysteriously with the vocals. While they're mostly just as heartfelt as before, in a few places Andrew's voice sounds strained, even forced in a way it hasn't before. But that's probably nit-picking.
So, overall, while there is nothing as joyous as 'Into The Airwaves', and nothing as heartbreaking as 'Rescued', calling 'The Glass Passenger' a sophomore slump would hardly be fair. It is still a solid example of McMahon's considerable talent, if not a definitive one.
Note: This Review was made by Play.com customer: dignan on Rakuten’s Play.com on the date shown.
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