This article originally posted on Blogcritics as Music Review: Jack’s Mannequin – People and Things.
The most recent album released from Jack’s Mannequin titled People and Things rewards dedicated fans for their listening over the years. The band successfully integrates the sounds of the first two albums and adds a new touch to make it sound much more powerful. The album takes the loose ends of Everything in Transit and The Glass Passenger and ties them together to create a mind-blowing sound throughout every song.
The first single from the album, “My Racing Thoughts,” introduced People and Things and stirred up the anticipation in each fan. The vocals emerging from Andrew McMahon tells the story of a man waiting for a love to make up her mind: “I think I’m running low on inspiration/She’s running long on borrowed time.” The perfect amount of guitar and piano help make this song so enjoyable. The song progresses, moving from a soft introduction to a chilling chorus.
Sure to be a next big hit, “Release Me” follows the same tune as “My Racing Thoughts” and is sure to treat a listener’s ear. The drums stand out in the song, as they keep a steady, yet enchanting beat throughout the song, even reserving a stand-alone moment in one of the later hooks. “Television” keeps the signature Jack’s Mannequin sound, but with a new twist. The song has a deeper sound, introducing new instruments and perfectly tuned guitar chords. “Television” takes a little longer to work up to the powerful moment when everything comes together, but it does pull it together at the perfect moment when the piano begins, McMahon’s voice gets stronger, and when the drum begins a new rhythm.
People and Things also incorporates a pop alternative sound from the band in songs like “People Running.” This song will have your body singing along within seconds. With the help of drums and a piano, this song has a more upbeat rhythm and more relaxed vocals from McMahon. In addition, the song delivers a carefree attitude that relates to any listener with lyrics such as, “We are just these people running around in search of water” and “There’s no need to worry/We’ll figure it out.”
With songs like “Hey Hey Hey (We’re All Gonna Die)” and “Amelia Jean,” the album slows down the rhythm to add variety. Both songs contain songs that focus on steady, beat-keeping drums and soft guitar strokes. In addition, McMahon sings softer and is supported by back-up vocals. On a similar note, the album closes with the acoustic song “Restless Dreams,”
From a band like Jack’s Mannequin, acoustic songs are greatly appreciated, and seeing them on an album is an absolute treat. “Restless Dreams” contains lyrics and vocals similar to other slower songs on the album. Thus, it is the guitar that receives all the credit on the tune.
Overall, People and Things brings a similar sound from an adored band, but delivers it in such a more powerful way that it is sure to bring in more fans and keep dedicated fans close.