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All Music Guide - Steve Huey
While the Greatest Hits 1986-1996 CD featured two newly recorded songs, Crack a Smile...And More is the first album of mostly new Poison material since 1993's Native Tongue. The main body of the album was recorded in late 1994 but not released until 2000, and while it features the two new Greatest Hits songs, the rest of the repertoire has never appeared on any previous Poison album. There are also four previously unreleased outtakes -- three from the Crack a Smile sessions, one from Open Up and Say...Ahh! -- and four songs done for a 1990 MTV Unplugged special "Your Mama Don't Dance," "Every Rose Has Its Thorn," "Unskinny Bop," "Talk Dirty to Me". It's easy to argue that, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Huey
While the Greatest Hits 1986-1996 CD featured two newly recorded songs, Crack a Smile...And More is the first album of mostly new Poison material since 1993's Native Tongue. The main body of the album was recorded in late 1994 but not released until 2000, and while it features the two new Greatest Hits songs, the rest of the repertoire has never appeared on any previous Poison album. There are also four previously unreleased outtakes -- three from the Crack a Smile sessions, one from Open Up and Say...Ahh! -- and four songs done for a 1990 MTV Unplugged special "Your Mama Don't Dance," "Every Rose Has Its Thorn," "Unskinny Bop," "Talk Dirty to Me". It's easy to argue that, whether heard in the musical climate of 1994 or 2000, Poison sounds a little ridiculous singing pop-metal tunes with sleazy, often immature lyrics. But that misses the point -- Poison was always at least a little bit ridiculous, and that's precisely what made their music so much fun. And these songs are surprisingly up to par, as is the slightly awkward yet endearing version of "Cover of the Rolling Stone" -- maybe there's no one killer single here, but Crack a Smile is a consistently enjoyable listen. Poison knows exactly what they're doing, and they have enough self-deprecating humor to realize that it's "Tragically Unhip" as one song title puts it, but they don't care -- they're making this music just for fun. Longtime fans should be quite pleased that this effort is finally seeing the light of day, because it captures Poison doing what they've always been best at -- and they're finally content with that.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/14/2000
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 724352478125
  • Catalog Number: 24781
  • Sales rank: 91,930

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Poison Primary Artist
Blues Saraceno Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Rhythm Guitar, Background Vocals
Bret Michaels Acoustic Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Bobby Dall Bass, Background Vocals
C.C. DeVille Guitar
Rikki Rockett Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Duane Baron Producer, Engineer
John Purdell Producer, Engineer
Tom Werman Producer
Sam Gay Art Direction
Kevin Flaherty Producer, Liner Notes
Nitin Vadukul Cover Photo
Silverstein Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    CRACK A SMILE TOTALLY ROCKS

    I can say crack a smile is a killer disc evey song is killer they are no filller tunes crack a smile is Poison's best since flesh&blood,its a shame captiol didn't release this album back in '96.Bret,Blues, Rikki,Bobby made a killer album a nice album for any Poison fanz collection.

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