Astro Lounge

Astro Lounge

4.9 14
by Smash Mouth
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

"Keep it simple, stupid" is a philosophy that has driven more than one Hollywood blockbuster. It's not unheard of in rock 'n' roll, either, as in the case of Smash Mouth, an unashamedly good-time, proudly untrendy, goof-rock band. After bouncing up the charts with FUSH YU MANG's "Walkin' on the Sun" in the summer of '97, Smash Mouth could

Overview

"Keep it simple, stupid" is a philosophy that has driven more than one Hollywood blockbuster. It's not unheard of in rock 'n' roll, either, as in the case of Smash Mouth, an unashamedly good-time, proudly untrendy, goof-rock band. After bouncing up the charts with FUSH YU MANG's "Walkin' on the Sun" in the summer of '97, Smash Mouth could've just divvied up the royalty checks and disappeared. Instead, they returned with ASTRO LOUNGE, which zigs, zags, and zings through another passel of ditties, each aimed squarely at the pleasure center. Sure, the novelty tag fits tracks like the hit single "All Star," but there's no disputing the one-listen-and-you're-hooked catchiness of the ska-flavored "When the Morning Comes" and the glammy cruncher "Diggin' Your Scene." Thankfully, Smash Mouth haven't started to take things seriously enough to insert words like "progress" or "conceptual" into their artistic lexicon -- and that purity of essence makes ASTRO LOUNGE a cool, easily digested summer treat.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Based on their infectious summer single "Walking on the Sun," it was easy to dismiss Smash Mouth as a one-hit wonder, since it was hard to believe that they'd be able to top that sun-kissed delight that was easily the highlight of their debut, Fush Yu Mang. Perhaps that's why their second record, Astro Lounge, feels like such a surprise, since it carries through on the promise of "Walking on the Sun." Like Sugar Ray -- a fellow veteran of the ska-punk underworld who delivered a follow-up that owed more to melodic pop and new wave than its hit predecessor -- Smash Mouth have created an album that is unabashedly fun, catchy, and lightweight, the ideal music for a car radio or a day at the beach. It's true that nothing on Astro Lounge is as immediately grabbing as "Walking on the Sun," but every song shares the same party-ready mentality and irresistible, trashy AM-radio vibe. No, nothing on Astro Lounge is particularly deep, but it's all good fun and it never disappoints -- which is quite a remarkable feat, since one-hit wonders rarely deliver a second album that betters their first.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/15/2007
Label:
Universal Japan
UPC:
4988005436184
catalogNumber:
6314

Tracks

Album Credits

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >

Astro Lounge 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Allstar! I first heard it on my local radio staition and I immediately fell in love!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I fell in love as soon as I heard All Star on a local radio station. All Star is my favorite song.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like alternative at all, you will love Smash Mouth! They are my favorite band!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Smash Mouth's second album rocks! All Star is particularly awesome...a must have in a complete alternative-rock collection... need i say more?
Guest More than 1 year ago
Smashmouth/Astro Lounge has really come through with this CD, esp. ALL STAR!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think Smashmouth\Astro Lounge is really cool!!! I espeically like ALL STAR!!! I LOVE YOUR GROUP!!! You guys are DABOMB!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love the song All stars it is wonderful
Guest More than 1 year ago
All the songs rule!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Astro Lounge is the best Smash mouth album ever,'' All Star''is the best one on there! I think this is the best music I ever heard since Run D.M.C. ! Move over Smashing Pumpkins Smash Mouth Is in town ! Smashing Pumpkins rip your heart out !
Guest More than 1 year ago
You want a review from a 45 year-old father of two, both under 8? I¿m not the person who would bother to write a review, let alone own the CD. This is for all us washed-up Baby-Boomers (NOT!) who have long given up the hope that any new `quality¿ music we could listen to was EVEN being produced. This CD is early Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe, 'The Specials', and 'The Beatles' all rolled into one. 'Fine Young Cannibals', ''The Raw & The Cooked'' comes to mind when I listen to this. Throw in a pinch of 'The Go-Gos', a little bit of 'Blondie' here and there and there you have it, ''Astro Lounge''. George Martin, Elvis Costello, or Nick Lowe¿s name must be hidden somewhere in the liner notes as the producers? Their signature sounds are all over this jewel. In twenty years, when they look back onto this group and their recordings, Astro Lounge will be viewed as their watershed event. Need I say more? When kids ½ my age are raving about this, they are grooving to styles, instrument sounds, and drumming licks that were the formulas of greatness way before they were born. Every song is from a different, but similar place, style, and attitude. A brilliant album! What will Smashmouth ever do to follow this one with? I can¿t wait. My once-thought, long-dead musical juices have been revived again. (¿It Lives!¿)Talk about a mid-life crisis? I might even have to find a babysitter for the kids and actually go out to see these guys perform live! A scary thought.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This c.d. rocks! I recommend it to anybody who loves Smashmouth, and good music!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite albums ever! I love every song because they are all so catchy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the first Smash Mouth CD I got, and I was hooked right at the first song. I thought that Smash Mouth the album was a bit better, but this was a very good CD. I would recommend it for anyone who loves any type of new rock music.