Smash Mouth Magic

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  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 2012
  • Label: Savoy Jazz


  • Buy for $1.291.Perfect Planet
  • Buy for $1.292.Live to Love Another Day
  • Buy for $1.293.Magic
  • Buy for $1.294.Justin Bieber
  • Buy for $1.295.Out of Love
  • Buy for $1.296.Flippin' Out
  • Buy for $1.297.Future X Wife
  • Buy for $1.298.Better with Time
  • Buy for $1.299.The Game
  • Buy for $1.2910.She's Into Me
  • Buy for $1.2911.Don't You (Forget About Me)

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Personnel: Steve Harwell (vocals); Mike Krompass (guitar, keyboards, drums, drum programming, background vocals); Michael Klooster, Juan Portela (keyboards); Randy Cooke (drums); Andrew Fromm, Jennifer Paige, Stephen Vickers, Shawn Mayer, Storm Gardiner, Paul DeLisle (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Mike Krompass.
Recording information: Barefoot Studios, Hollywood, CA; Narnia; Sound Management Studios; The Playground Studio, Spring Hill, TN.
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. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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  • UPC: 795041790620
  • Shipping Weight: 0.21/lbs (approx)
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