Annie Use Your Telescope

Album: The Glass Passenger (2008)


  • Fazer Online Music Magazine asked keyboardist and singer Andrew McMahon which song he considered to be the coolest on The Glass Passenger. The Jack's Mannequin mainman replied that he thought this was "inherently maybe the coolest song." He continued: "There's songs that I think are maybe bigger accomplishments and might even be more musically evolved but that song is like, just from it's writing to it's recording, everything about it was very natural. You have these songs that you struggle with and you spend months figuring out how to work it out and make it happen. That was a song that was just like from the second I wrote the first words till it was done, to the second we were in the studio - there was no resistance anywhere. We just charged right down the path and when it was done we were all just like 'yeah it sounds so good.' So I have to say that one is pretty cool, it's a pretty simple song."
    McMahon concluded that "Annie" was, "really an evolved piece of music, it's probably one of the lushest, coolest sounding arrangements, the chorus has this really cool, all fourths, so really like a bizarre eastern or Asian-sounding theme. You know but it came so naturally that I can't help but love it."

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  • Landon from Winchester, OhI can't stop listening to this song!
  • Emily from Abingdon, VaIncredible song.
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