14 Songs, 56 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

“Survivor” is one of pop music’s most overworked phrases. Andrew McMahon, though, has earned the title by resuming his recording career after a harrowing battle with leukemia. As the guiding force behind Jack’s Mannequin, he turns 2008’s The Glass Passenger into an emotionally-wrenching and ultimately transcendent release. The Glass Passenger documents his struggle to regain his health, with “What Gets You Off,” “The Resolution,” and the eight minutes-plus “Caves” offering diary-like details of his recent ordeal. The heavy mood of the album is lightened by flashes of McMahon’s mastery of ‘80s pop forms — “Spinning,” “American Love,” and “Orphans” sparkle and chime to buoyant New Wavy melodies. Rather than wallowing in private suffering, the singer reaches out to fans in the panoramic “Hammer and Strings (A Lullaby).” “Swim” may be the album’s spiritual center, an expression of dogged resolve in the face of dark forces. McMahon’s bruised vocals and simple yet effective piano work show enough edge to make these confessions cut deep. The Glass Passenger is a high-potency, fine-crafted pop/rock effort as well as a personal document of hard-won survival.

EDITORS’ NOTES

“Survivor” is one of pop music’s most overworked phrases. Andrew McMahon, though, has earned the title by resuming his recording career after a harrowing battle with leukemia. As the guiding force behind Jack’s Mannequin, he turns 2008’s The Glass Passenger into an emotionally-wrenching and ultimately transcendent release. The Glass Passenger documents his struggle to regain his health, with “What Gets You Off,” “The Resolution,” and the eight minutes-plus “Caves” offering diary-like details of his recent ordeal. The heavy mood of the album is lightened by flashes of McMahon’s mastery of ‘80s pop forms — “Spinning,” “American Love,” and “Orphans” sparkle and chime to buoyant New Wavy melodies. Rather than wallowing in private suffering, the singer reaches out to fans in the panoramic “Hammer and Strings (A Lullaby).” “Swim” may be the album’s spiritual center, an expression of dogged resolve in the face of dark forces. McMahon’s bruised vocals and simple yet effective piano work show enough edge to make these confessions cut deep. The Glass Passenger is a high-potency, fine-crafted pop/rock effort as well as a personal document of hard-won survival.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
111 Ratings
111 Ratings
Iupchris10 ,

Simply amazing

I've owned this album for several years and can't get enough of it. "Hammers and Strings" might be my favorite song, followed by Caves. This is at times a very deep album, as much of the content centers on Andrew's fight with cancer. Must have album for the genre.

Rachellebelle5286 ,

stop comparing his albums to each other!

have you not seen his documentary? It pretty much explains why and how his music took a turn.. and in my opinion it's REAL and GENUINE!!! He is a true artist that is revealing himself and speaking lyrics of real life experiences. I personally love all of his music, every album that he has created is just amazing.. He is and always will be my favorite artist, no matter where he takes his music. In all honestly everything he does is so genuine, how can you not respect it? Anyway I love Andrew and find him brilliant! Can't wait for more music from him :D and to see him play live again.

Zander.ch ,

Fantastic

I love something corporate and jacks mannequin because no two songs sound the same and there all catchy and great for every mood your in. Love every album by andrew

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