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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on February 20, 2000
Never before has a group made so many amazingly catchy songs on one album alone. "All Star" is definitely the lead song on this album. Though its overplayed now, it still rules. It's not Smash Mouth's fault the song is overplayed, its our fault. Because we love it so much. Then of course there's "Diggin' Your Scene" and "Then the Morning Comes" and the retro-style "Can't Get Enough Of You Baby". This CD is great for anyone of any age. No Explicit Content like their first album "Fush Yu Mang" had. And for Smash Mouth fans who say they "sold out", there's a new CD amazon.com is carrying by Smash Mouth called "East Bay Sessions" where they return to their usual style of punk rock. Anyways, if you loved "Walkin' on the Sun", you'll love Smash Mouth's follow-up to the success of that song.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on March 8, 2000
I have a lot of friends. Some of them like punk music. Others like hard-core rock. Some like psychadelic 60's-style. And some like modern pop. But they all love Astro Lounge. That's because Smash Mouth is a band with talent. A lot of reviews go on and on about how Smash Mouth are major sellouts. You folks are WRONG! When you sell out, you degrade the quality of your music in order to achieve more fame and sell more CD's. Smash Mouth definitely did NOT make their music any worse on this CD. I don't know if it's better now, but it sure ain't any worse. Their songs all sound different, not the same shlop as the last track. (Sugar Ray, anyone? ) If you're into hard-core punk-ska, you might like Fush Yu Mang better. In my opinion, they're both awesome CD's. I'd start with this one, though, and then move backwards to the faster-paced Fush Yu Mang. Hanging out with friends, or relaxing, or walking around? It's all about Astro Lounge. Jogging, or trying to wake up when you're tired, or driving down a highway at 60MPH? What you want here is Fush Yu Mang. They are different types of CD's and they are both awesome. Buy this CD. You won't regret it. Then buy Fush Yu Mang. You won't regret that either.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on December 8, 1999
After their smash hit, walking on the sun, I, as did most, expected smashmouth to fade into one-hit-wonder-dom and never be heard from again, then with "Can't get enough of you baby" and now Astrounge, Smashmouth is, without a doubt, a band with real musical talent. Although their hit single, "Allstar" was a good song, it was played ad nausium on the radio, and if I never hear it again, it will be too soon, but the CD is an extremely good one. With its upbeat diverse and catchy tunes, Astolounge was a sound investment.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on March 23, 2002
In 1997, pop fans found the old bait-and-switch scam approach hard at work. The irresistible pop groove of Smash Mouth's unavoidable radio hit "Walkin on the Sun" sent two or three million people running to their local record store only to find the song was the band's exception, not the rule. The surprise many felt upon discovering a frantic ska/metal set is reflected in how many copies of "Fu Shu Mang" you can find at your local used CD store (chances are, quite a few...Amazon alone has over 80). But Smash Mouth knows a make-it-or-break-it opportunity when they see one, and their sophomore effort, "Astro Lounge," finds the band evolving their sound, remaining true to their core energetic sound but also nodding to what sells without selling out.
Although the record moves smoothly through several different genres, the main focus is on all things 60's (hunky guitarist Greg Camp, who wrote 11 of the album's songs and co-wrote another three, is obviously a major Kinks fan). This retro spirit, perfectly suited to Steve Harwell's limited but undeniably likable vocals, is found immediately on the frantically-paced pair of songs that kick the album off, the swirlingly psychedelic "Who's There" (is that a thermin?!?) and the organ-laced, beach party-ready "Diggin Your Scene." Both cuts are percussively unstoppable, but the killer hooks have just as much kick. More 60's summertime grooves are found on two of the album's singles, the similarly-driven but completely distinguishable "Then the Morning Comes" and "Can't Get Enough of You Baby." The approach even works on slower fare, as the "Satellite" mixes surf with lounge and even tosses in a touch of calypso just for the hell of it...with glorious, entrancing results.
But while Smash Mouth is more than comfortable in their time warp, they aren't trapped there. The hip-hoppy "I Just Wanna See" feels pointedly more modern, with the grainy drum track and straightfoward guitar mix giving a quirky, demo-like feel. The wistful ballad "Waste" uses retro production touches (a tremelo guitar here, a vibraphone there), but the overall composition and it's groove are definitely here and now. Another melting pot is the smash single "All Star," starting out as a bubbly, electronica-laced pop number before the chorus offers a forceful rock boost...pretty catchy for a song that addresses ecological concerns in a sieze-the-day lyric.
Not every moment is a compelling listen, however. "Radio" and "Come On Come On" both have energy to burn, but the flimsy hooks go in one ear and out the other. And while most pop bands or artists try to go reggae at some point, "Road Man" is proof that adventurous expeditions don't always lead somewhere (and a faux Jamaican accent isn't required for the trip, either). "Home" starts off interestingly enough, with a slinky groove and juxtaposed guitar parts, and its lyric certainly has some interesting things to say about fame ("what do you do when opportunity knocks/do you open the door or watch in horror through the peephole/lottery or poverty, you're a commodity") but the track just ends up sounding spooky and doesn't inspire repeat listens. But on a fifteen-track lineup, you're bound to find a few shortcomings, and here they're certainly not enough to weigh down the sum total. Managing to be all over the map musically and still funnel it down to one endearing, commercial result, Smash Mouth proves with "Astro Lounge" that not all things commercial are sellouts, and this is one retro-rock pop band that has plenty of time left in their artistic hourglass. Besides, who wants to be king of the used CD store?
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on February 16, 2000
After "Walking on the Sun" became one of my favorite singles in the summer of 98' I decided to buy Fush Yu Mang. Boy was I suprised, the rest of the CD sounded nothing like it. Well, when I first heard All Star, I loved it, but after hearing it 10 gazillion times like everyone in the country and seeing it displayed in the horrid "Mystery Men" movie, I was cautious to buy Astro Lounge, but, that money I had (which was only about 20 bucks) was burning a hole in my pocket and I got the CD. To my suprise, the rest of the CD DID sound like All Star, which made me happy. This CD has several great songs destined to be singles such as "Diggin Your Scene", "Stoned", and "Come On, Come On". But it also has the songs you've heard bizzilions of times, and your little brother ill-faitedly try to sing (am I the only one whos heard is brother get half the words right trying to sing All Star?) like "than the morning comes" and of cours "all star". But, if you like your alternative music, and want a CD destined to have a few more singles, pick this baby up. JUST TRY TO AVOID ALL STAR!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on January 2, 2000
This is a great CD. I'd suggest it to most people, and there is no foul language or anything so it would be ok for little kids.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on February 11, 2000
This is a GrEaT CD! I primarily bought it for the ever-famous All Star, and the less famous Can't Get Enough of You (Baby), but then after I played it a couple of times, I decided that I liked most of the other songs, with the exception of Stoned. After I checked it out, I found that Roadman (track 10) is a great song, once I read the lyrics. The lyrics are a very welcome addition in the front cover insert. This CD is great for older children (8+). There is no explicit content, but it is hard to understand. I did find myself hearing more shouting than singing, but just a little bit more. Even if you're just looking for 1 or 2 songs, BUY THIS CD! Also best for music newbies.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 18, 2000
What can I say, except a truly exceptional album. Every song provides a perfect cadence right into the next one. Even the relatively slow, moody songs "Waste" and "Home" do nothing to dampen the "let's get up and party!" vibe that true movers like "All Star", "Radio", "Road Man", and the album's sure pick for best overall "Diggin' Your Scene" create and pull the listener into. Each song has a style all its own and yet somehow doesn't stray far from one very good formula: FUN. If you can't listen to Astro Lounge and feel at least a bit hyped up, you're a real gloom & doomer. Yet again, opinions are only that, buy it and see for yourself, even if you don't find yourself pepped up, it is still a solid collection of songs from a band who deserves to be around for a long time.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on June 2, 2000
The appeal of _Astro Lounge_ is that it confirms what you secretly suspect: these guys are genuinely having FUN. What started with "Walking on the Sun" on _Fush Yu Mang_ has been expanded here into an entire album of textured style that's a blend of Las Vegas smooth and Los Angeles finesse. In short, this is where the party's at, but don't come here lookin' for the meaning of life.
Still, it's not all the frenetic energy of the album's biggest hit, "All Star". There are islands of introspection--"Waste" springs to mind as the emotional low of the album--but they're surrounded by an ocean of festivity. "All Star" and "Then the Morning Comes" may well have gotten too much radio play, but this is an album with deep pockets. Buy it, and you'll have a great addition to your party mix.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 29, 2000
Smash Mouth's Astro Lounge is one of the coolest releases of the year. With the different arrays of musical influences felt across the album, it presents a fresh, array, and always catchy sound.
Highlights of this album include, "Diggin' Your Scene" a fast-paced dance album that will always get your blood moving. "Waste" is a moving and sad song that I found very enjoyable. "Satellite" is a funky, cool little song that may be the best on the album. It has definite single potential. "When The Morning Comes" is a single, but it doesn't suffer from overplay.
Anyway...this is a great album and you should most definitely buy it.
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