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People and Things marks McMahon's third studio release as Jack's Mannequin, following up 2005's Everything In Transit and 2008's The Glass Passenger.

According to Andrew McMahon, Jack's Mannequin's People and Things, can be viewed as the final installment to a three-part story. But fear not, fans - while this chapter is coming to a close, there's still plenty to be written.

If the 29-year-old's debut, Everything in Transit, was his melodic break-up record, and 2008's The Glass Passenger was a snapshot of his battle with leukemia, People and Things could analogously be referred to as "the return home," McMahon says.

"The reality is that getting sick turned Jack's into this long story that was really only meant to be one record, but somehow became three," he explains. "I think, if nothing else, People and Things is about the journey, and knowing where I belong and trying to get myself okay with putting my feet down and being there."
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Product Details

  • Vinyl (October 4, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sire / Wea
  • ASIN: B005HI7MS8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #382,773 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I'm probably perfectly within the target demographic for Jack's Mannequin. In high school I grew up identifying with Andrew's angsty "I'm Ready" (Everything in Transit), then grew up a little more when confronted with the pain in "Caves" (The Glass Passenger), and now that I've experienced a little more of life--I'm ready for the love and loss theme of "Restless Dream." So basically I've been in exactly the right place in my life to appreciate each album--as Andrew has grown up--so have I.

Music wise, I can't say that this album differs strongly from the first two in any important way. This is a good and bad thing in my opinion. Good, because I love that particular sound--but bad because I wish the music changed a little in the same way the lyrics have over the past two albums. Andrew still relies heavily on a piano driven rock sound that is often upbeat even when the lyrics are sad. Part of why I like Andrew's voice so much is his ability to share emotion--you don't just hear it--you can experience it with him.

If you liked the first two albums--this is another solid effort that I would recommend buying. For fans of Something Corporate, Dashboard Confessional, Straylight Run.
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♫ She sees a black cat hanging 'round my doorstep/ I'll need all day tomorrow to recover from today... ♫

My first experience with the music of Andrew McMahon was from the wall of televisions at the back of the Target Electronics Department. I was 17, it was 2003, and As You Sleep from Something Corporate's Album "North" was playing in the loop. I bought the CD and immediately had to backtrack to the previous 2 studio albums, 3 extended plays, and countless other singles and compilations. "North" was the last album by Something Corporate, Andrew McMahon's successful high school band.

In 2004, while I was in my freshmen dorm room, a friend IMed me to inform me that SoCo was officially over and that Andrew was forming a new solo project, Jack's Mannequin. JM debuted 2 singles for fans to promote and I was hooked. Andrew's upbeat piano and expressive vocals had me pimping the band wherever I could. There was a slight departure of the emotional, adolescent themes of Something Corporate, but the lyrics still verged on immaturity. That was fine as I was 19 and still happy watching The OC. But something happened before the launch that changed Andrew McMahon's music forever.

Andrew McMahon was diagnosed with Lymphatic Leukemia. The documentary, Dear Jack follows Andrew's terrifying struggle with cancer. His very near death and miraculous recovery changed everything. Dear Jack features video of Andrew, almost skin and bones and looking like death, singing with a weakened voice, but his hands still find the piano keys with grace. Andrew's Christmas single, Lights and Buzz, followed his recovery and expressed the sentiment of joy at being alive for another holiday.

"The Glass Passenger" was the next album and it was beautiful.
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Jack's mannequin just keeps getting better with each album! Unfortunately they are no longer, so we'll have to enjoy the few they have, but they are all great! This cd is no exception. Hip, catchy and fun seem like such understatements for this cd. It's simply amazing! You should buy it!
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Andy's lyrics have once again taken a hold on me. This album is more mellow with a ballad like feel than previous albums so at first listen I was a tad disappointed. Can't believe I ever thought that; this album is fantastic! This album gave my soul a voice.
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Great album, very inspirational and heart felt. I'm looking forward to Andrew McMahon's future works. I've been listening to them since I was 16 (27 now) and the development of his music is incredible.
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If you are reading this review, chances are you have listened to either band of the talented Andrew McMahon, Something Corporate & Jack's Mannequin, and are curious in finding out where he has taken his already stellar career. Well, I'm pleased to report that his career has progressed in a very natural way and his sound is definitely getting a bit more mature. Andrew has stated that he feels that this album brings the story of his early 20's full circle and I can definitely hear that in the lyrics and music. The lyrics are deep and meaningful and the melodies are, for the most part, calm and soothing.

Before continuing, I would like to state that I have come to grips somewhere after the Glass Passenger and before People & Things that there will never be another Everything in Transit from Andrew McMahon, which is my absolute favorite album because of its pure catchiness and what it meant to me when it came out and how it still holds great appeal in my life. So this album is no EIT. But I have learned to appreciate the sound of this album. Still, I crave for McMahon's old singing voice, which is almost completely different now from EIT. I crave for the upbeat, pop melodies interlaced in every song. I would say this album officially switches over from pop-punk to pop-rock, whereas it was somewhere in between on the Glass Passenger. It's been said that he drew upon his Tom Petty and Bob Dylan influences and you can tell, which can kind of be a turn-off when craving EIT-style music. The catchiness isn't as prevalent here so it's definitely harder to sing along.

Songs like My Racing Thoughts, Television, Hostage, People Running, Restless Dream, and Casting Lines make this album worth the buy alone, though.
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