Andrew McMahon, the front man to Jack's Mannequin has seen it all. From superstardom with his other project, Something Corporate to his solo project with Jack's Mannequin to his battle with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, there is no stopping him. Despite the news of the cancer he went right back to working harder than ever on new records, which leads us straight into his latest album People and Things. It's clear this album is a therapeutic outlet for the Jack's Mannequin vocalist. This album is a perfect blend of sounds all fans of past albums will enjoy.
The album starts off with "My Racing Thoughts" filled with a synth background and percussions mixed with almost flawless vocals for an upbeat track that's hard not to like after the first few listens. A sure fire hit, "Release Me" hits you with an incredible beat which is a huge treat for the listener's ears. "Television" is still the same old Jack's sound but mixed with a new flare any fan would love. Mixed with new instruments and a much deeper sound, this song is perfect for a late night drive with the windows down on a summer or fall night. However, it does take a while to get to that perfect moment in the song, but when it does it really hits the spot.
The concept of this record is obvious. It incorporates heartfelt, pop alternative, piano, upbeat sounds and lyrics, which doesn't come as a surprise to long time fans. McMahon shows off his crafting abilities in his songs with his piano just like in his songs "Amelia Jean", "Release Me", "Hey Hey Hey (We're All Gonna Die)", "Amy I", and "People Running". All being mid tempo songs one will easily hum along to. It still has a flare of rock which comes from his other project Something Corporate. Then closes off the album with the acoustic song "Restless Dreams", a perfect ending to this piece of work. The album is filled with flawless vocals, high energy piano playing, with the exception of the somewhat downer chorus to "Hey Hey Hey (We're All Gonna Die"), which reflects a slight sadness in McMahon's up-tempo work of "People and Things".
The only downfall to the album is the fact its sounds are very similar to the previous records. But, even with a similar sound, it manages to deliver in a more powerful light to keep new fans coming and dedicated fans staying to listen. Despite all the chaos, McMahon does a fantastic job with the continuation of his musical career with this latest album "People and Things".