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Classic Album Review: Smash Mouth | Smash Mouth

The San Jose pop-rockers crank out another batch of surfadelic go-go anthems.


This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


Now three albums into their career, it seems obvious that San Jose alt-popsters Smash Mouth are never going to write another song that matches the addictively hooky perfection of their first single Walkin’ On The Sun.

Still, at least they keep trying, and that’s gotta count for something. This 13-track self-titled effort is chock full of twangy surfadelic guitar lines and neo-go-go grooves and Elvis Costello-style songcraft and singer Steve Harwell’s sandpapery rasp, singing beach-party anthems with titles like Holiday In My Head and Pacific Coast Party. Plus it has a swingin’ cover of The MonkeesI’m I Believer. If it just had one knockout single, I’d still believe too.