Leaving Through The Window
1.I Want To Save You
2.Punk Rock Princess
3.I Woke Up In A Car
4.If You C Jordan
12.Not What It Seems
14.Walking By [UK bonus track]
15.Little [UK bonus track]
16.Globes And Maps
Front, Back, Inside And CD Covers Included.
Total Size: 92.4mb
Something Corporate includes: Andrew McMahon (vocals, piano, Hammond B-3 organ); Josh Partington, William Tell (guitar, background vocals); Clutch (bass, background vocals); Brian Ireland (drums, percussion, background vocals).
Additional personnel: Paul Buckmaster (arranger, conductor).
Engineers include: Jim Wirt, Mike Fraser, Brian Reeves.
Recorded at Cello, Hollywood, California; 4th Street, Santa Monica, California; South Beach, Miami, Florida; Jungle Room Studio, Glendale, California.
At heart, Something Corporate find themselves somewhere between the quirky, piano-driven sound of Ben Folds Five and the power pop angst of Marvelous 3 and Semisonic. The bittersweet mid-tempo "Cavanaugh Park" boasts lush, dramatic keyboards, setting a vibe that is almost at odds with the lyrics. "Punk Rock Princess" is as catchy as the song's name would suggest, while the bratty, self-proclaimed anthem "If You C Jordan" sounds like a second cousin to much contemporaneous neo-pop-punk music. Staying corporate, "Drunk Girl" opens with Boston-influenced guitar harmonies that lead to the most endearing sentiment on LEAVING THROUGH THE WINDOW. The song finds a man in a dubious situation, but virtue keeps him from betraying his heart; not something corporate, but something refreshing.
Something Corporate are one of the most promising bands to come out of the MCA/Drive-Thru stall in years. Their sound is anchored by the fierce piano playing of 19 year old lead singer/songwriter Andrew McMahon. As he explains, "I love the great '70s Elton John, where he was at the best part of his youth, writing angst-filled songs". The So-Cal quintet's unique blend of piano-powered indie rock crosses the boundaries between the pop-punk that has seeded the airwaves over the years and the singer/songwriter genre that spans the last 30 years.
"Musically, my goal in life has always been to touch people the way that first Counting Crows record did to me. People tend to underestimate what kids will comprehend and what they'll connect to. I think the more honest I am with myself, the more people get it. And regardless of whether or not people always get it, they'll definitely get that we're not just spitting out bullshit" - Andrew McMahon
Rolling Stone (10/3/02, p.104) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...They craft suburban ennui and high-school angst into slick, hummable punk...the secret weapon here is sharp songwriting and nice keyboards...Derivative, but not boring."
Entertainment Weekly (5/31/02, p.108) - "...Though these guys have the same catchy choruses and jump-up-and-down energy of modern-rock counterparts like Sum 41 and Blink-182, they're not nearly as juvenile..." - Rating: B