The Glass Passenger - Jack's Mannequin
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  • Summary: The sophomore album for the rock band started by Something Corporate's Andrew McMahon.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Even if McMahon's inspiration (lyrical and otherwise) are transparent on Passenger, the execution of his influences is impeccable. [Oct 2008, p.147]
  2. With plain-spoken songs like these, he's already made a more honest album than many of his emo peers.
  3. 60
    The Glass Passenger, the group's second album, chronicles McMahon's successful battle against leukemia, matching hyperemotional melodies with his tender voice on dramatic tracks.
  4. The Glass Passenger might not bare the same pop hooks as "Everything in Transit," but it does stay afloat under the weight of McMahon's past, which bodes well for the songwriter's future work.
  5. Jack's Mannequin frontman Andrew McMahon sticks to his formula of friendly piano and new-wave-influenced beats on his second album.
  6. Perhaps if these songs were served with a helping of irony, it would be easier to swallow, but as it is, The Glass Passenger crumbles under its own weight, largely due to the fact that McMahon is no longer writing songs just for fun the fun of it.
  7. While his big, piano-led MOR tunes are launched from a good place, they land in a fairly awful one. [Apr 2009, p.105]
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. MatthewK.
    Oct 5, 2008
    10
    Andrew Mcmahon is a genius. I really dig his style. This type of album is very rare and better than any trash that I hear on the radio.
  2. Scott
    Oct 2, 2008
    10
    Amazing album. Heartfelt and beautiful.
  3. Oct 5, 2013
    10
    CorporateDouche is a corporate douche. They didn't even write a remotely valid review.

    The Glass Passenger compliments both Jack's
    CorporateDouche is a corporate douche. They didn't even write a remotely valid review.

    The Glass Passenger compliments both Jack's Mannequin's 1st and 3rd studio albums. Andrew McMahon once again demonstrates his deep train of thought and provides us an album with dark insights to life as well as his path to enlightenment. His vocals are extremely unique and shouldn't be dismissed; there are one too many soul singers out there and women that sound like Rihanna and whatnot.

    The bonus track "Doris Day" is the main highlight of this album. A combination of electronic instrumentation as well as his punk rock style construct a song of upbeat proportions and tonal melancholy.
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  4. LeeR.
    Oct 12, 2008
    10
    Inspiring. amazing. smart. soft. its just perfect. i think he smacked the sophomore slump in the face, and made an amazing piece of work.
  5. AmandaB.
    Oct 26, 2008
    10
    If I could vote more than 10 i would..Andrew is amazing. The Glass Passenger is one of the best albums I have ever heard. I don't know If I could vote more than 10 i would..Andrew is amazing. The Glass Passenger is one of the best albums I have ever heard. I don't know what the guy who said it's terrible is thinking. Dumbass. Expand
  6. MattS.
    Oct 26, 2008
    10
    Amazing. How anyone could say anything else is crazy and plain wrong. Andrew McMahon shows off his matured songwriting and arranging skills Amazing. How anyone could say anything else is crazy and plain wrong. Andrew McMahon shows off his matured songwriting and arranging skills in every single song. Absolutely a fresh breath of air in today's stagnant music scene. Expand
  7. Jun 17, 2012
    0
    I thought there were two stray cats fighting in the alley behind my apartment, but upon further investigation it was just my neighbor playingI thought there were two stray cats fighting in the alley behind my apartment, but upon further investigation it was just my neighbor playing this whiny self-absorbed album at full volume. Expand

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