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Album Review

Over the years, Orange County (the suburban California county that's south of Los Angeles and north of San Diego) has often been the butt of jokes among L.A. residents; the Beverly Hills/Santa Monica/West Hollywood crowd has even been known to call Orange County "Behind the Orange Curtain," which is sort of like Manhattan residents having a laugh at New Jersey's expense. But all those "Orange Curtain" jokes don't erase the fact that Orange County has, in the alternative rock era, given the world some impressive bands, ranging from No Doubt to Nice to Under the Starry Sky. Another noteworthy Orange County act is Something Corporate, which brings strong power pop instincts to this debut album, Leaving Through the Window.

These Southern Californians favor a style of alternative pop/rock that's punky yet vulnerable and introspective, with frontman Andrew McMahon anchoring many songs on his weathered upright piano. Given the band's reliance on his flourishes and double-fisted piano pounds, Something Corporate isn't just another emocore band in the blink-182/Fenix TX/A New Found Glory/Sloppy Meateaters vein; truth be told, the guys have more in common with Jimmy Eat World. Something Corporate has enough of a punky, bratty element to appeal to punk-pop and emo tastes, but the group also has a strong love of melody and a sense of craftsmanship that probably was — as lead singer/pianist Andrew McMahon insists — influenced to some degree by singer/songwriters like Billy Joel and Elton John. At times, the band's power pop instincts also bring to mind Cheap Trick, although Something Corporate's lyrics are much more melancholy (and, during songs like "If You C Jordan" and "Drunk Girl," very indebted to the high school experience). Whomever one chooses to compare Something Corporate to, Leaving Through the Window is among the more memorable and promising alterna-rock efforts of 2002.

Customer Reviews

Something Corporate= Something Amazing

Andrew McMahon and Company are pure genius. This CD is a must buy. I want to save you (7/10)= Good, up beat song. Love the "She wants to hear she's beautiful...she's beautiful" Punk Rock Princess (8/10)= I adore this song that alot of people can relate to..."You can tell me how you just don't fit in, and how you're gonna be something.." The piano and guitar mix beautifully. I woke up in a Car (4/10)= Personally not a fan, but it's a song about growing up, moving away from home, and seeing everything that's new. If You C Jordan= (8/10)= Every angry teen needs an angry anthem. I guess it worked, every SoCo concert this Jordan guy is cussed out by hundreds of fans. The Astronaut (5/10)= Catchy, a little shallow lyrically. Obviously a reference of what Andrew does on his spare time. Hurricane (10/10)= I word. Brilliant. My favorite on the album, every word is amazing. The famous words--"Come on sweet Catastrophe" If you don't get the album, buy this one on it's own. Cavanaugh Park (6/10)= Slower, beautiful piano. Fall (7/10)= Good. Loud, powerful. Straw Dog (8/10)= Great teen song. "Hey now, they're callin' all the police- but they won't get to us anyhow" Good News (5/10)= Not a fan, but it's still a decent song. For the optimists Drunk Girl (9/10)= I love love love this song. Buy it. Not what it seems (7/10)= And these nights...I seem to remember a home that was better. The violin and piano are beautiful. You're gone (7/10)= A good/okay sort of song. Double Negatives are fuuuuun. Globes and Maps (9/10)= I actually love this song. It's so soft and beautiful. It's Andrew's voice at it's best. Especially at the beginning. Starts soft and builds up slowly...then goes into a powerful angst which Andrew does SO perfectly--you can sense the pain in his voice. The end is magic, ending with a high pitched "door" followed by a short, soft, high piano solo and the finally is a soft and powerful repeat of the chorus.

Best Album From Start To Finish...Ever

Something Corporate's "Leaving Through The Window" is the best album ever released. I purchased this album in late 2002 after seeing them live and instantly fell in love. This CD is in constant rotation and has been since that late 2002 date of purchase. There's something that everyone can and will enjoy listening to here. Andrew McMahon alongside William, Josh, Brian, and Clutch will have fans of all types of music rocking out to this incredibly beautiful sounding record. These guys can one minute have you jumping around like a mad man and the very next minute have you serenading over the girl next door. There's not a single song to skip on LTTW, its just that good... 1. "I Want To Save You" - The perfect album opener. Andrew is so crafty with his lyrics and over time this song quite possibly could jump into the top 3 favorite songs of the album. 2. "Punk Rock Princess" - Great rocker song. Lots of energy and a song that will give you lines to use when picking up girls. A fun listen. 3. "I Woke Up In A Car" - The first SoCo song I heard. Amazing lyrics such as "I've never been so lost, I've never felt so much at home". Something everyone can listen to. 4. "IF yoU C Jordan" - The song everyone has heard from them. Lots of energy. Lots of passion. The thing that makes this song so great is the ending minute or so where the last chorus begins. This, in my opinion is my second or third least favorite on the album, however, 5. "The Astronaut" - Pure genius. This song is probably my second favorite on the album as well as the best ballad. This song is perfect in every way imagineable. 6. "Hurricane" - My favorite SoCo song. Evrything from the lyrics, to the guitars, all the way to that spine tingling piano solo is captivating. 7. "Cavanaugh Park" - Another amazig song. Another perfect song. 8. "Fall" - So much fun is in here. "I thought it made more sense if I could only keep you guessing. I was a fool to think that I should stop you from undressing" is SoCo at their finest. This song will have you screaming at the top of your lungs. Quite possibly the best break up song ever. 9. "Straw Dog" - A fun song with an interesting meaning. Again, great lyrics..."what does it take to be a superhero in my world? Make no mistake that these villians always get the girl." 10. "Good News" - This song has grown on me so much just recently. Great lyrics. Great energy. Just great. 11. "Drunk Girl" - A fan favorite about none other than...yep, a drunk girl. Can't go wrong here. 12. "Not What It Seems" - My least favorite song on the album just because of the way it sounds. The beat and all that is not a good as the other tracks but the lyrics are still awesome. However, I must say that if there was one this would be the filler song. 13. "You're Gone" - Up there with "The Astronaut" and "Hurricane" as my three favorite. Outstanding writing here with lines such as "hours to be with you, minutes of me in you", "so tie my hands back and make me feel you coming down", and "i taper off and say its never worth the pain, but sometimes it is." Stunning. 14. "Globes And Maps" - A great piano song where Andrew puts all of his passion in his vocals. Like all of the others, the lyrics are exceptional and this is a song that you cannot skip. When you hear McMahon whine "and i write a letter from a one way train but i dont think youll read it at all" you will come back for more. Go out and buy this CD NOW if you havent already. This is the best cd you will ever own. Also make sure to check them out live because they put on the best show ever. It also wouldnt hurt to listen to Andrew's other band "Jack's Mannequin". Go SoCo!


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Formed: 1998 in Orange County, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Of the myriad young alt-rock bands to arise in the early 2000s, Something Corporate stood out with their piano-fueled songcraft and crossover potential. On one hand, the bandmembers were barely out of high school when Drive-Thru Records signed them, which helped Something Corporate connect with a large audience of West Coast teenage hipsters looking for a band to claim as their own. On the other hand, the band didn't play punk rock; they played polished, literate, radio-ready alt-rock -- a marketable...
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