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Usually one expects a bit of a drop-off following a mega-hit album like Astro Lounge, so perhaps the most surprising thing about their new album is the immediate accessibility of their new songs. I liked most of them immediately the first time I heard them, and a couple of the songs, like Pacific Coast Party, are positively infectious.
After I heard the album several more times (my son, again) I realized that one of the reasons it's so easy for older folks like me (i.e., > 30) to connect with these songs is that they're patterned very closely after the best (and most recognizable) sounds of late 60's and early 70's, both in songwriting and in orchestration. (Listen for updated 70's dance beats and "groovy" synth organ riffs in many of the songs.) It's not just the Monkees' "I'm a Believer" cover; practically nothing on the entire album would sound out of place on 70's AM radio. But it's really the best AM radio sounds from that time.
Bottom line, this album is very listenable, with some nice flashes of humor and some excellent tunes. If you have to listen to music favored by the Radio Disney crowd, you could do much MUCH worse.
This CD begins with the fun song "Holiday in My Head." The beat is catchy and the lyrics are enjoyable and light. The opening song has fun written all over it. The second song is actually a song of contradictions that should be more somber, but the song seems upbeat. "Your Man" indicates that he is happy with the relationship though perhaps he should not be, and he wonders what she sees in him. None of the lyrics make any difference to us because we enjoy the bass beat, the pace and the bouncy lyrics. Steve Harwell's voice brings this song to life and keeps you from pausing the CD.
There is no let up or mercy from "Pacific Coast Party," a song that literally has party written all over its catchy beat. This song has a wonderful intro that sounds much like theme music from the throwaway shows that tried to be hip in the late 1970s. This song could easily be a theme song from "That 70s Show."
"She Turns Me On" sounds a lot like "Walkin' on the Sun" in style. I liked "Walkin' on the Sun" so I have little to complain about, but some people may think that Smash Mouth is in danger of repeating themselves.Read more ›
The album begins with "Holiday In My Head", a fun song, normal typical SMashmouth Guitar/Keyboard Cross, with a very cool riff. Nice song, I give it 9/10
The next song was "Your Man". A cool song, kind of a cross between Blink-182 style punk and typical Smashmouth, I loved it! 10/10
Then there was "Pacific Coast Party" which was a strange cross between 70's Disco and Hard Rock Guitar Bashing, enjoyable and cool. 10/10
Following PCP there was "She Turns Me On", which is kind of a Classic Rock meets James Bond Song, catchy, oonce again, with a cool guitar riff 9/10
After this was "Sister Pshyic", this was sort of a combination of *NYSYNC and sort of Hard Rock thrashing. A little too keyboardy for my tastes but other than that it was o.k.Read more ›
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This cd was originally purchased for me back in the day for my birthday. Unfortunately over the years I was rather rough with my things leading to my original copy being rather... Read morePublished 13 months ago by mickyads92
wasn't paying attention to which smash mouth version I purchased. I don't like it & wonder if I can return it. I am definitely being more careful in the future.Published on November 24, 2013 by DNC
I'm a major of this group, each song is excellent. A style of music I could listen to 24/ 7. Very well conceived and put together.Published on July 14, 2013 by eric barkley
The CD we bought was in the condition stated and shipping was very Fast. I love dealing with buyers on Amazon because I have had many great transaction,just as this one was and I... Read morePublished on September 24, 2008 by Carol Casey
Two years after their multi-platinum hit Astro Lounge, Smash Mouth followed with their self-titled third album. Read morePublished on July 9, 2007 by ctrx
I'm not as into Smash Mouth as I am into the Backstreet Boys, but Smash Mouth is actually really good. This is a good album by those guys. Read morePublished on December 4, 2006 by Kathy L. Nomeland
I first had Astro Lounge for about a year and I started to listen to it again, so I headed over to my local Sam Goody and picked this album up to hear more of their songs. Read morePublished on February 22, 2006 by 16-bit
Wow!! I really like this CD. I am getting it for Christmas. It is the thing I want most besides a skateboard!!!I am a sk8r chick and Smash Mouth and skateboarding rock !!!! Read morePublished on November 11, 2005
This album and Smashmouths last three have been just about having fun and songs that are fun n' stupid to sing along too, which is what music should be about, in my opinionPublished on June 22, 2005 by ranger32
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