People and Things - Jack's Mannequin
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  • Summary: This is the third album for the rock band led by the former Something Corporate singer Andrew McMahon.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. All in all, People and Things hits home as an almost surprisingly diverse record from Jack's Mannequin.
  2. 80
    Although Jack's Mannequin hasn't been able to match the balls to the wall gusto of Everything in Transit, its 2005 critically acclaimed debut, People and Things is easily the most musically cohesive album in the band's catalog thus far.
  3. Oct 3, 2011
    70
    People and Things might not be as accessible as Everything in Transit, which contained some of the brightest pop songs of McMahon's career, but it's stronger than The Glass Passenger, indicating that McMahon has begun to move onward and upward.
  4. 70
    The "ordinary" stories about a new marriage after the shine wears off aren't as dramatic as a broken heart or life-threatening illness, but they're no less real and gradually embed themselves in the listener's mind. [Nov 2011, p.93]
  5. Dec 8, 2011
    70
    Once just another also ran in a genre destined for obscurity, Jack's Mannequin have moved out of the emo ghetto and settled in nicely into a nice indie rock neighborhood.
  6. 60
    Overall, People and Things is well-crafted but may be a bit too much of what is a dying genre.
  7. Oct 31, 2011
    40
    While the mundane nature of everyday life can be fertile for songwriting material, here the album sounds mundane in all the wrong ways.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
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  1. Oct 4, 2013
    10
    This album defines "music". The generic mainstream electronic garbage filled with auto-tuned freaks can go to hell. Main highlights of thisThis album defines "music". The generic mainstream electronic garbage filled with auto-tuned freaks can go to hell. Main highlights of this album would have to be "Amy I","People Running" and one of the bonus tracks: "Broken Bird". Expand
  2. Oct 6, 2011
    10
    This is Andrew's best album yet. There is a nice blend of pop piano songs that remind you of the Transit album. Songs like Amy, I andThis is Andrew's best album yet. There is a nice blend of pop piano songs that remind you of the Transit album. Songs like Amy, I and Hostage are nice additions as well. Expand
  3. Sep 17, 2013
    7
    The most generic Jack's Mannequin album to date attempts in marginally noticeable way to attempt to go back to the sound of Everything inThe most generic Jack's Mannequin album to date attempts in marginally noticeable way to attempt to go back to the sound of Everything in Transit with a moderate amount of success. A good, not great, album. Expand