Release Date: Sep 30, 2008
Record label: Sire
Genre(s): Rock, Alternative
Three years later, McMahon (now cancer-free) returns with his much-anticipated second album. Like Something Corporate's own sophomore effort, The Glass Passenger captures McMahon during a darker period -- understandably so, given his recent history -- and the introspective tone sometimes pales in comparison to the summery songs that graced Everything in Transit and Something Corporate's debut, Leaving Through the Window. There's pain here -- morphine drips, decreased sex drives, and the like -- and McMahon tackles those difficult subjects bluntly and tactfully.
Jack’s Mannequin frontman Andrew McMahon sticks to his formula of friendly piano and new-wave-influenced beats on his second album. But this time he weaves in darker themes of desperation and adversity, as The Glass Passenger is loosely inspired by his recent battle with leukemia (now in remission). McMahon’s lyrics are often revealing, but he sounds a bit bored as he tries to force clichéd metaphors into power ballads.