Following up his 2017 album, Zombies on Broadway, Andrew McMahon and his In the Wilderness moniker is back with a new album called Upside Down Flowers. While it’s not the album its predecessor is, it’s still an album filled with personal lyrics, quality hooks, and some great music overall from McMahon.
The album starts out with “Teenage Rockstars” – a song that feels personal for McMahon – him having led that life in Something Corporate almost twenty years ago. From there, McMahon sings “Ohio” a personal song about his childhood. Then there’s “Monday Flowers”, “Paper Rain” and “House in the Trees” – all of these songs feel pretty personal and make the music more of an experience that a simple 3-minute song. “Goodnight, Rock And Roll” kicks the fun back into place with a simple message about the state of the current music climate. It’s depressing as hell, but it’s still a good listen.
Whether he’s working with Something Corporate, Jack’s Mannequin, working as just Andrew McMahon or working as Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, McMahon always manages to captivate. His piano-based approach to pop works almost all the time. Any album from McMahon is great, and this follows that pattern.