People and Things

People and Things

by Jack's Mannequin



Stronger than The Glass Passenger and spottier than Everything in Transit, the third album by Jack's Mannequin finds frontman Andrew McMahon consolidating his strengths in a post-cancer world. He writes his best songs whenever he doesn't try to tackle big issues, meaning the heady ballads miss the mark while the zippy, happy-go-lucky numbers -- including "Amy, I" and the propulsive opener, "My Racing Thoughts" -- deliver the biggest melodic punch. McMahon's recovery from leukemia has left him introspective, but his roots are in Something Corporate's buoyant, punky pop, which leaves People and Things stuck between two extremes. Whenever the tempo picks up, the album delivers an adult version of the West Coast pop anthems McMahon has been writing since his teens. Whenever it slows down, as it does on "Hey Hey Hey (We're All Gonna Die)," the breezy appeal flies out the window. If anyone deserves the right to ruminate a bit, though, it's McMahon, who spins his illness into rich, metaphor-heavy lyrics that rarely wallow. 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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/04/2011
Label: Sire / London/Rhino
UPC: 0093624955023
catalogNumber: 528554

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jack's Mannequin   Primary Artist
Jamie Muhoberac   Keyboards,Hammond B3
Phil Parlapiano   Hammond B3
Tim Pierce   Guitar
Jim Scott   Anvil
Patrick Warren   Keyboards
Jim Wirt   Bass
Chris Chaney   Bass
Andrew McMahon   Percussion,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals
Marisa Kuney   Violin
Brandi Carlile   Background Vocals
Ginger Murphy   Cello
Jeanie Lim   Viola
Jay McMillan   Percussion,Drums
Bobby "Raw" Anderson   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Doug McKean   Engineer
Jim Scott   Producer,Engineer
Patrick Warren   Arranger
Jim Wirt   Additional Production
Rob Cavallo   Producer
Nigel Lundemo   Pro-Tools
Lars Fox   Pro-Tools
Mike Fasano   Drum Technician
Mitra Darab   Marketing
Andrew McMahon   Composer,Producer
Jaren Johnston   Composer
R.J. Ronquillo   Guitar Techician
Jay McMillan   Producer
Spencer Guerra   Engineer
Matt Thiessen   Composer
Jeff Hannan   Engineer
Kevin Dean   Engineer
Patrick Concepcion   Illustrations
Bobby "Raw" Anderson   Producer,String Arrangements

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