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End of the year playlist- #13- Jack's Mannequin- Caves

December 12th, 2008

It took a while for Jack’s Mannequin’s latest, “The Glass Passenger,” to grow on me. It’s a challenging, mature album from Andrew McMahon, a guy best known for his previous band, Something Corporate. But “The Glass Passenger” isn’t exactly a picnic, detailing McMahon’s struggle with leukemia. “Caves” is as close as McMahon gets to spelling out exactly what it’s like to have needles in his body and doctors telling him he might die. It’s also an 8 minute epic, starting off with a simple piano melody, building to an angry, passionate declaration for life. Pretty heady stuff for a guy who just turned 26.

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