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While 2005’s “Everything in Transit” was a lighthearted affair warmed by California sunshine, “The Glass Passenger” breaks even further away from McMahon’s pop-punk roots.
The piano is at center stage here, and McMahon has never played better. “Hammers and Strings,” a gorgeous, bittersweet lullaby, is named for the inner workings of the instrument, and up-tempo tracks like “Crashin’” reflect a fantastic, frenetic brand of piano playing. Other tracks, like the ethereal “Caves” and “Annie Use Your Telescope” reflect a musicality unseen in the artist’s previous works.
The only weak point here is the vocals. In “What Gets You Off?” and “Caves,” McMahon’s voice sounds strained and thin - a problem that seems to consistently plague him. But the album as a whole reflects an artist taking risks and growing, and the effort is laudable.
“The Glass Passenger”
Label: Sire Records
By Hannah Bae