Andrew McMahon has a long history of crafting unfailingly catchy and unblinkingly earnest pop, first as singer/keyboardist for O.C. rockers Something Corporate and then under the guise Jack’s Mannequin, whose three albums of music were in large part informed by his battle with cancer. This fall he resurfaced as “Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness,” an album of revealing, optimistic and more-than-a-little-bit-grown-up songs written in Topanga Canyon.Â “Cecilia and the Satelliteâ€ is a highlight – the piano-driven tune acts as an ode to his newborn daughter, Cecilia, detailing McMahon’s life leading up to her birth and then happily confesses, “through all the things my eyes have seen, the best by far is you.â€ The song continues to rise and is on the verge of taking over alternative radio. The video, directed by Olivier Agostini, features McMahon and his adorable daughter intertwined with beautiful clips featuring Anastasia Krivosheeva as a grown-up Cecilia. This video will make even the best of fathers look bad, while those in possession of ovaries will participate in a 3 minute 40 second “awwwwwâ€ fest … and possibly an ovary explosion.
– Jessica Shalvoy
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