For a very long time Jack’s Mannequin was my “all-time” favorite band. To be honest, I’m not really sure why. I never really got into their second or third albums – but that first album, Everything In Transit, changed my life in the best way. It just sorta made me understand why music mattered. I think I first heard their music on a mixed cd when I was 15 or 16, and I’ve been hooked ever since.
To this day, if I’m feeling bummed and need to feel like someone out there gets me, I’ll play this album and let Andrew McMahon sing me back to sanity. It works every time.
What follows is a ranking of the album from
worst least best track to best (there are no bad tracks on this album). As well as my favorite lyric or two from each, because anything I could say about each song just wouldn’t feel like enough.
Without further ado, here’s the list:
11) La La Lie
Every scene was a sign, we made out through their meaning.
10) The Mixed Tape
This mix could burn a hole in anyone, but it was you I was thinking of.
9) Kill the Messenger
Oh my god, this hurts like hell.
8) Holiday From Real
You are my favorite sweater, being poor was never better.
7) Into the Airwaves
It’s gonna be a hard day, so hang on – don’t panic, don’t panic there simply is no need.
6) MFEO (Parts 1 and 2)
I still live with my high school friends, some people never change at all.
You waited for me in the rain, in the parking lot. Cold hands, lips blue, clothes stuck to you.
Sometimes perfection can be perfect hell.
4) Dark Blue
Have you ever been alone in a crowded room? Well, I’m here with you.
3) I’m Ready
As I’m finding the words, you’re getting away.
I need caffeine to the bloodstream, I take caffeine to the bloodstream.
Don’t you think I wish that I could stay? Your lips gave you away.
I’m finally numb, so please don’t get me rescued.
1) Miss Delaney
In no time there’ll be one less sad robot, looking for a chance to be something more than just metal.
Where’s your boyfriend? He isn’t up in heaven so why treat him like he’s dead?
Agree? Disagree? Let me know in the comments below and let’s discuss! If there’s one thing I could talk about forever, it’s this album.
Until next time.