Going Back to the Wilderness

(Photo Via @amnthewilderness on Instagram)

Andrew McMahon is a man of many names. Few will know him as a member of the band Something Corporate, some as the frontman of Jack’s Mannequin, but buy and large, most will know him as himself, possibly with “in the Wilderness” tacked on the end.

McMahon has been present in the music industry for over fifteen years, though his latest project began in 2013 with The Pop Underground EP, his first release under the moniker Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness. The self-titled full-length album came later in 2014, brandishing his most well-known single, Cecilia and the Satellite. 

Following a tour with alternative staples, Panic! at the Disco and Weezer in the summer of 2016, McMahon released his newest album, Zombies on Broadway in early February.

Out of all of the bands and albums I’ve reviewed so far, I strongly feel that this is going to be the album that will most please the masses. While most of the artists I’ve covered have had very specific sounds that just may not be for everyone, the heavily pop-influenced melodies and slightly manufactured sounding instrumentals make this record radio ready.

From the more mellow tones of Birthday Song, to the quick rhythm of Walking in My Sleep, you’d think there would be some sort of disconnect between the songs, yet somehow, McMahon has created an incredibly fluid sound that makes each song sound just like it came from this album. I’ve found myself most strongly drawn to Don’t Speak for Me, So Close, and Island Radio simply because I’m a sucker for a good riff and a catchy melody, though I really don’t think you can go wrong.

Compared to his previous album, Zombies on Broadway has a much more mature sound and really has shown the growth of McMahon as an artist. I do miss a bit of the dreaminess the first album had, though that’s really the only criticism I have for this release.

While it’s difficult to compare this album to anything, I would recommend Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness for fans of the Wombats and Bleachers, or really anyone who is in need of some great pop music.

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