It’s not very hard to get caught up in the phenom that is Andrew McMahon. Whether you listened to his first big punk band Something Corporate or his side project at the time Jack’s Mannequin, and more recently, his solo project Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness, there’s something about his music that makes him stand out tremendously. That same logic applies to the project’s sophomore full-length release entitled Zombies On Broadway.
Unlike McMahon’s debut self-titled release, Zombies On Broadway features an extraordinary amount of experimentation in both music, vocal effects, and anything to do with this album. His self-titled record could be considered a safe album when compared to his sophomore release at this rate. But is this a bad thing? Not necessarily. One of the biggest differences in McMahon’s music is the lack of piano-pop songs. On self-titled, many of the songs’ main instruments was the piano or keyboard. Through Zombies On Broadway, there’s plenty of pop-inspired near-dance tracks, if they can be referred to as that.
“Brooklyn, You’re Killing Me” is something none of us expected to debut as a single, but the track (which is heavy in spoken-word verses), is easily lovable. It’s songs like “Don’t Speak For Me” and “Fire Escape” that make this album easy to fall in love with. “Fire Escape” is pure genius and if you liked self-titled at all, you’ll love this song immediately. It’s not until “Walking In My Sleep” that the album gets iffy in presentation. The track is wobbly, it’s weird, and downright unlistenable, for me at least. “Love And Great Buildings” is a personal favorite of mine as McMahon gets back to his personal lyrics and heart-swooning melodies.
To love McMahon’s new release, an open-mind will definitely help, as I found Zombies On Broadway to be well-written and well-executed. The record isn’t anything like his self-titled release, but in ways its one of the better releases of 2017.