Magic

Magic

by Smash Mouth
     
 

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Smash Mouth's fondness of -- and talent for -- novelties tends to obscure their other sunkissed gifts, how they have a knack for creating a soundtrack for an endless summer. Magic, the group's first album since 2006 -- they split after the release of Summer Girl but it sounds like they never went away -- is hampered ever so slightly by those novelties,

Overview

Smash Mouth's fondness of -- and talent for -- novelties tends to obscure their other sunkissed gifts, how they have a knack for creating a soundtrack for an endless summer. Magic, the group's first album since 2006 -- they split after the release of Summer Girl but it sounds like they never went away -- is hampered ever so slightly by those novelties, as the group takes an easy swipe at "Justin Bieber" (it's never a good idea for a group pegged by some as a one-hit wonder to take a potshots at another) and does a by-the-numbers cover of Simple Minds' "Don't You (Forget About Me)," a couple of cuts that play into all the negative stereotypes of the bands. And that's what makes the rest of Magic a bit of a surprise: it's as effortlessly effervescent as anything else Smash Mouth has ever released, filled with grooving, organ-fueled beach party anthems. Smash Mouth may stumble slightly when they strive for a power ballad -- "Out of Love," arriving halfway through the record, has a solid, sweeping chorus that the band doesn't quite pull off -- but their traditional blend of '60s garage rock and '80s new wave still provides a breezy good time on "Perfect Planet," "Live to Love Another Day," "Magic," and "Future X Wife." Perhaps it won't change the mind of the haters, but those fans who have stayed true to the SoCal popsters will undoubtedly be pleased.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/04/2012
Label:
Savoy Jazz
UPC:
0795041790620
catalogNumber:
17906
Rank:
73546

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Smash Mouth   Primary Artist
Michael Urbano   Drums
Randy Cooke   Drums,Group Member
Jennifer Paige   Background Vocals
Paul DeLisle   Bass,Background Vocals,Group Member
Andrew Fromm   Background Vocals
Greg Camp   Guitar,Background Vocals
Steve Harwell   Vocals,Group Member
Michael Klooster   Keyboards,Group Member
Juan Portela   Keyboards
Mike Krompass   Bass,Guitar,Drums,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Group Member
J. Dash   Vocals
Stephen Vickers   Background Vocals
Shawn Mayer   Background Vocals
Storm Gardiner   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Keith Forsey   Composer
Robert Hayes   Management
Shelly Peiken   Composer
Steve Schiff   Composer
Eric Valentine   Producer,Engineer
Scott Krippayne   Composer
Randy Cooke   Composer
David Alan Kogut   Art Direction
Jennifer Paige   Composer
Andrew Fromm   Composer
Steve Harwell   Composer
Ron Robinson   Composer
Mike Krompass   Composer,Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Jim McCormick   Composer
J. Dash   Composer
Tebey Ottoh   Composer
Brodie Stewart   Composer
Brian Swanson   Booking
Steve Murr   Engineer

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