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Album Review

Though he's been releasing albums on his own with his solo project Jack's Mannequin, Something Corporate frontman Andrew McMahon steps out from behind the moniker to release The Pop Underground, his first solo EP under his own name. Feeling at times like a more grounded and restrained Jonsi, the album finds McMahon working in the electronic realm, eschewing the piano for lush synth beds to give songs like "Synesthesia" a warm, flowing feeling. While fans of McMahon's other work will certainly find familiar threads to grasp, The Pop Underground is different enough from his other work that it feels like a fitting way for him to reintroduce himself to the world.

Customer Reviews

Regression of Sound

Thinking back to Everything in Transit, the sound of Andrew's piano was so pure and complemented by excellent drumming from Tommy Lee. Lyrically, Andrew has always been great and able to connect with listeners.

This new album is experimental and heavy on the synthesizer, even featuring some voice auto tuning. Unfortunately, it feels like a regression from the music that made me a fan of Andrew. It sounds so packaged and devoid of real instruments.

It would be so nice to hear more collaboration with Tommy Lee and a return to actual music, instead of emphasis on studio editing effects.

All my life

All of my life Andrew McMahon has surprised me again and again with every song he sings and writes. I've never loved and continued to love an artist who has changed his music as he changes in life. His stuff is absolutely beautiful. Must buy. And take a look at his old stuff too (something corporate and jacks mannequin) because if you don't like this EP you're sure to find at least one song of his that you'll fall in love with.

Not him

Andrew is way more talented then this EP shows, he fails to use any of his talents, lyrics are the only thing going for him on this EP. I am a die hard Andrew McMahon fan and i think that he deviated way to much from his normal style (that I loved immensely) to satisfy to the new upcoming trends in music, such as synthesizers and auto tune. He was a talented vocalist and pianist and here he lacks any of these sophisticated talents, and cranks out some weird pop music. Its just not him. He should go back to the sophistication of the Glass Passenger.


Born: September 3, 1982

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s, '10s

For most of the 2000s, pianist and singer/songwriter Andrew McMahon fronted the alt-rock group Something Corporate before segueing into a poppy solo project titled Jack's Mannequin, which featured guest appearances by many of his talented musician friends. In 2013, he released his first collection of music under his own surname, The Pop Underground EP. Maintaining his usual warm, upbeat vibe, this was the first of McMahon's records to rely predominantly on electronics and...
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