In case you’d forgotten, Smash Mouth was the band that gave us the annoyingly addictive pop tunes 1997’s ‘Walkin On The Sun’ and 1999’s ‘Allstar’. Both did well hitting the UK singles charts at 19 and 24 respectively. Steve Harwell’s outfit succeeded in pummeling us with cute power pop melody and succinctly left field songs borne out of their Ska punk background.
Produced by Mike Krompass who also handles Nelly Furtado, ‘Magic’ will doubtless attract new admirers as well as pleasing established fans. Upbeat pop gems like opener ‘Perfect Planet’, the bluesy ‘Live To Love Another Day’ or the tongue in cheek bittersweet ‘Future X Wife’ are accessible without being derivative, whilst the humorous ‘Justin Bieber’-a look at things that went out of fashion-or the down tempo harmony soaked ‘Better With Time’ are of a high enough quality to suggest that Smash Mouth isn’t simply going through the motions.
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