Jack's Mannequin
Everything in Transit


4.5
superb

Review

by Seth T. White (Cravinov13) USER (61 Reviews)
August 8th, 2006 | 14 replies | 2,822 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


1 of 1 thought this review was well written

I discovered Jack’s Mannequin when I saw them open for O.A.R. on August 5th in concert just a few days before I wrote this review. Jack’s Mannequin, better known as the solo project of Something Corporate’s vocalist/ pianist Andrew McMahon, is an alternative rock/ poppy indie sounding band that was formed during the late 2004 to early 2005 time (including Jon Sullivan on bass, ex-Phantom Planet guitarist Jacques Brautbar, and ex-River City High drummer Jay McMillian). Everything In Transit, their first album, is a concept CD about Andrew McMahon finally coming home after years of touring nonstop with his band and getting re-accustomed to his everyday life in Los Angeles, California. The songs all have a fairly poppy sound with very emo sounding vocals, but have a very strong atmosphere, good lyrics, and a catchy song structure that just attracts me to the music.

The album kicks off with the smooth, catchy tunes of Holiday From Real, which begins with a low bass tune followed by Andrew McMahon’s singing a piano playing after 4 seconds of silence. The song is very straightforward, and has a very nice flow and melody to it. The lyrics to the song are very well written and are presented in a unique way, and the chorus has that grabbing aspect to capture the listener into the song’s atmosphere. The most popular song from the album, The Mixed Tape, is another example of a catchy melody and chorus along with unique and well written lyrics. The piano work on this song is amazing (as many other songs will show as well), and the vocals are very soothing and dynamic. Bruised starts off with Andrew McMahon singing in a voice that reminds me of Eve 6. The song has a great flow and melody to it and is very catchy. The singing on the track is some of the best on the album and the electronica feel to the percussions on the track give it a unique feel. Overall the tack is one of the best on the album.

“And today was a day just like any other...” Andrew McMahon says as the next track, I’m Ready kicks off. The song is another piano dynamic track, but what’s really capturing about the song is the chorus, which involves backing vocals along with the actual singing that delivers an aura of beautiful, catchy melody. Little after the halfway marker, a piano solo comes in as Andrew McMahon narrates his life for about a minute. The song is another one of the stand out tracks on the album. La La Lie starts off with a very poppy guitar intro followed by some great piano playing and singing. The song is the first on the album that doesn’t stand out so much. The chorus is somewhat weaker then the bridges of the song, and the guitars get in the way a tad bit. Overall though the song is not bad at all, just not amazing like the other songs. Another amazingly catchy song is Dark Blue (which is the song that after I heard live I went to the downstairs venue and bought the album). The song begins with a beautiful piano melody followed by a drum roll and some light guitar strums. The song is presented a lot differently then the other songs on the album, and the chorus is so insanely catchy I can’t seem to get it out of my head. The atmosphere to the song is amazing, and the musicianship is flawless. Overall it is probably the best song on the album.

Miss Delaney starts off with some strange synths and techno-ish keyboard riffs. The song is another that doesn’t stand out so much but is still a good song in both flow and atmosphere. The catchiness of the song does not meet up to the other songs, but overall has a good, strong chorus and bridge parts. Kill The Messenger starts with a soft piano melody followed by some percussions and well sung vocals. The song has a very progressive feel to it, while still being rather simple and easy flowing. The song is a lot softer then the other songs, and Andrew McMahon seems like he’s experimenting with panning vocals and echoes on the track. Overall, the song is well made, but does not contain enough dynamics to catch much interest. The ballad track of the album, Rescued has a very slow, somewhat repetitive piano riff followed by some soft, mellow singing. The song is a lot like the previous and does not contain a whole lot of dynamics. The acoustic guitar in the song adds a nice atmospheric touch to it, but overall the song is not much of a standout.

The epic track of the album is the two part MFEO. Part 1, Made For Each Other has a very catchy guitar riff to it that reminds me of Coheed & Cambria. The song goes back to the more poppy sound of Jack’s Mannequin. The song repeats a lot of lines which get a tad annoying, but are rather catchy. The music is the real standout in first part of the track. After a beautiful piano solo, the song goes into Part 2, You Can Breathe, which is a lot more catchy then the first part, yet still softer. The song has some electronica parts to it, but it still has a very soft melody to it. Overall, the epic track is better then the last two tracks, but still not the best on the album. The bonus track, Into The Airwaves starts off with Andrew McMahon singing over a soft piano melody. The song sorta revives some of the poppy, catchy sounds of the first half of the CD, and the lyrics are some of the most unique I’ve ever heard. Overall, the album is great and perfect for fans of practically any type of music.

Pros
-- Great piano melodies and vocals.
-- Very original in sound.
-- Great lyric written and concepts.
-- Extremely catchy songs and atmosphere.
-- It was good enough to make a dedicated heavy metal head like me fall in love with this CD.

Cons
-- Some people will find the somewhat emo-esque vocals annoying (not as annoying as Coheed & Cambria though).
-- The first half is better then the second half.

Track Listing
1. Holiday From Real (4.5/5)
2. The Mixed Tape (4.5/5)
3. Bruised (5/5)
4. I’m Ready (5/5)
5. La La Lie (4/5)
6. Dark Blue (5/5)
7. Miss Delaney (4/5)
8. Kill The Messenger (3.5/5)
9. Rescued (3.5/5)
10. MFEO (4/5)
11. Into The Airwaves [Bonus Track] (4/5)



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Cravinov13
August 8th 2006



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Wow, don't rush people. :/

This band deseerves more reconition.

nutty_bar
August 8th 2006



194 Comments


I can't say I have heard these guys, but I have heard of them. They are normally grouped with bands I like, and you make them sound good, so I guess I should look into them!

francesfarmer
August 8th 2006



1477 Comments


This was a decent review, Seth Thomas White IV.

La Revolucion
August 8th 2006



1060 Comments


I've only heard The Mixed Tape, and I didn't really like it. Good review.

TheNewJungler
August 8th 2006



30 Comments


http://www.sputnikmusic.com/album.php?albumid=2876
Huh? Jack's Mannequin has been added already.

Not a bad review anyways. The single was alright.

Pyramidman
August 8th 2006



1340 Comments


i love the band

good review

ness2728
August 9th 2006



2 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Oh god, this band... where can you even start?

Very good review and I completely agree with all the pros and cons.

I have to say though, that this CD is absolutely incredible. While a lot of good CDs were released in 2005, this one, in my eyes, is by far the best. It speaks to me, it takes me on an aural adventure, it pulls me in all the right directions.. it's incredible.

The piano... the piano.

I actually bought this CD despite having burnt it from a friend originally... this album has brought me so much joy over the past almost-a-year, I actually shelled out for a real copy of the CD to support the band. That should say something.

Cravinov13
August 9th 2006



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The band is also really good live.

nutty_bar: judgeing from your music taste, you should love them.

Cravinov13
August 9th 2006



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I actually bought this CD despite having burnt it from a friend originally... this album has brought me so much joy over the past almost-a-year, I actually shelled out for a real copy of the CD to support the band. That should say something.


Not with me it doens't say anything, I hate owning burnt copies of CDs. If a CD is burnt, I get the real thing eventually even if it's not a faorite CD of mine.

ert90
August 9th 2006



15 Comments


Such a fantastic band and a fantastic record. Jack's Mannequin and any other work McMahon is invovled in for that matter never gets the respect it deserves. I think it's partly because their core listenting group falls into the "emo" stereotype. And I'm being completely honest based on my experiences, those types of people don't seem to care as much for the music.

Onto the review, I'd have to disagree with you that the second half is in any way worse than the first half. Rescued is easily the most beautiful song on the album and MFEO is a real gem. But good review overall anyway.

SquierStrat3k1
October 28th 2006



20 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Jack's Mannequin and this album, is amazing. I lived in this album for a couple of weeks, and I didn't particularly like Something Corporate.

MFEO is a real gem, as stated above, and I recommend this to anyone.

Cravinov13
November 4th 2006



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Okay, why does my review not have a link with the other reviews?

FlawedPerfection
Emeritus
November 4th 2006



2806 Comments


http://sputnikmusic.com/forums/showthread.php?t=484934&page=66

Go there and tell them. Supply links as well.

trustxdialect
November 5th 2006



1502 Comments


There's two Jack's Mannequins in the site's log.This Message Edited On 11.05.06



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