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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
"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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
"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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/15/2007
  • Label: Universal Japan
  • EAN: 4988005436184
  • Catalog Number: 6314
  • Sales rank: 394,790

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Who's There (3:33)
  2. 2 Diggin' Your Scene (3:10)
  3. 3 I Just Wanna See (3:45)
  4. 4 Waste (3:27)
  5. 5 All Star (3:21)
  6. 6 Satellite (3:39)
  7. 7 Radio (3:21)
  8. 8 Stoned (4:10)
  9. 9 Then the Morning Comes (3:04)
  10. 10 Road Man (2:31)
  11. 11 Fallen Horses (4:06)
  12. 12 Defeat You (3:54)
  13. 13 Come on Come On (2:33)
  14. 14 Home (3:12)
  15. 15 Can't Get Enough of You Baby (2:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Smash Mouth Primary Artist
Eric Valentine Keyboards, Vibes
John Gove Trombone
Kevin Coleman Drums
Paul DeLisle Bass, Vocals
Greg Camp Guitar, Vocals
Steve Harwell Vocals
Michael Klooster Keyboards
Technical Credits
Brian Gardner Contributor
Eric Valentine Producer, Engineer
DJ Homicide Contributor
Jacquire King Engineering, Pro-Tools
Camp Composer
Kember Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of Smash Mouth's greatest cds

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the best albums ever!

    This is one of my favorite albums ever! I love every song because they are all so catchy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A 14 year old girl from Illinois

    This c.d. rocks! I recommend it to anybody who loves Smashmouth, and good music!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Astro Lounge goes Baby Boom!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ''Smashing things Up''!

    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 !

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The best cd ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    All the songs rule!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wow it is so wonderful it is definatly ALLSTARS all 5 stars

    I love the song All stars it is wonderful

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THE COOL CD!

    I think Smashmouth\Astro Lounge is really cool!!! I espeically like ALL STAR!!! I LOVE YOUR GROUP!!! You guys are DABOMB!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best on yet

    Smashmouth/Astro Lounge has really come through with this CD, esp. ALL STAR!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This CD is the best!!!

    If you like alternative at all, you will love Smash Mouth! They are my favorite band!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    wonderful alternative album!

    Smash Mouth's second album rocks! All Star is particularly awesome...a must have in a complete alternative-rock collection... need i say more?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My favorite song!!!!!!!!!

    I fell in love as soon as I heard All Star on a local radio station. All Star is my favorite song.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    my favorite song, Allstar

    I love Allstar! I first heard it on my local radio staition and I immediately fell in love!!!

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