15 Songs, 53 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

People and Things perpetuates that age-old “third time’s the charm” adage right from the get-go. The instantly likeable opening number, “My Racing Thoughts,” rings and chimes like a newly unearthed Bruce Springsteen hit from the early '80s, replete with period-correct keyboard tones and a triumphant refrain. Similarly, the piano-pounding “Release Me” follows, sounding like it was heavily influenced by Stories’ 1973 cover of Hot Chocolate’s “Brother Louie.” The inspired lyrics here give better insight into the inner strength that McMahon mustered while fighting for his life. “Amy, I” is a well-crafted song that pines for emotional warmth during a brutal East Coast winter. McMahon’s prowess as a piano balladeer is revealed in moving musings, like “Television” and “Hey Hey Hey (We’re All Gonna Die),” but his salient strengths surface when he’s tapping into New Jersey denim-flavored piano rock, best exemplified in songs like the impassioned “Amelia Jean,” the driving “Hostage,” and the closing “Casting Lines.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

People and Things perpetuates that age-old “third time’s the charm” adage right from the get-go. The instantly likeable opening number, “My Racing Thoughts,” rings and chimes like a newly unearthed Bruce Springsteen hit from the early '80s, replete with period-correct keyboard tones and a triumphant refrain. Similarly, the piano-pounding “Release Me” follows, sounding like it was heavily influenced by Stories’ 1973 cover of Hot Chocolate’s “Brother Louie.” The inspired lyrics here give better insight into the inner strength that McMahon mustered while fighting for his life. “Amy, I” is a well-crafted song that pines for emotional warmth during a brutal East Coast winter. McMahon’s prowess as a piano balladeer is revealed in moving musings, like “Television” and “Hey Hey Hey (We’re All Gonna Die),” but his salient strengths surface when he’s tapping into New Jersey denim-flavored piano rock, best exemplified in songs like the impassioned “Amelia Jean,” the driving “Hostage,” and the closing “Casting Lines.”

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
1.2K Ratings
1.2K Ratings
flubbernugget09 ,

andy mcmahon does it again

There are few artists with the amount of strength, will to live, and sheer talent that Andrew McMahon possesses. All of his albums tell of a story. Everything in Transit was just life. Glass Passenger was post-cancer. People and Things is life, but a different kind of life. His voice has matured not only from his SoCo days, but even from his last album. Regardless, Andy displays his strong vocals, prominent piano and inspiring lyrics beautifully. Ot's been worth the wait.

mttlnrd ,

not the same jacks

this band has gotten progressively worse in my opinion. everything in transit was amazing, but this sounds boring. ill be surprised if i listen through this cd for a second time. nothing really caught my ear.

still love jacks mannequin and have huge respect for andrew mcmahon, just disappointed

raquellllllll ,

Duhhh

I haven't even listened to the whole album, and I already know it's going to be amazing because um hi it's jack's mannequin

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