Smash Mouth
Astro Lounge


3.0
good

Review

by BatDogMan USER (2 Reviews)
October 19th, 2010 | 50 replies | 2,018 views


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Off the deep end. This isn't rock and roll at all. It's intergalactic cabaret music!

3 of 4 thought this review was well written

Synths and xylophones and bouncy little pianos that were likely purchased in the bargain bin of Kids ‘R Us create this crazy-ass mood of a big band pop explosion parade. It’s an engrossing experiment, and one that surprisingly wasn’t created by four dashing young Brits named John, Paul, George and Ringo. This isn't a Beatles album, see? It's this band called Smash Mouth who dress in old-timey outfits from a time long ago (known as “the 90s”) and have old-timey baseball player-inspired facial hair and sing happy little tunes like "All Star" and "Radio."

Oops. I forgot about every other song on the record. They all go much much, much deeper than the concept, to the point where there's really no concept at all, aside from the album cover and three or four of the more space-sodomy inspired numbers (see user snave? I am likely the only user who actually read your work of fictional prose). There's a fuck-ton of diversity on this record - I mean, there's almost no conventional rock and roll at all; but there's so much more, including Steve's strangest songs yet, the dreamy psychedelic love sauciness of "I Just Wanna See," and a spooky funhouse carnival dipsydoo called "Stoned" that manages to out-Syd Pink's Barrett, even without any guitar noise (although be careful when listening with headphones, as this number contains the infamous “brown noise” – which instantly causes any listener to defecate themselves about 1:30 into the song).

It takes several listens to make sense, but "Come On Come On" is brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. Swoon all you want at the "Eastern" influences reflected in the work of Led Zeppelin and Polvo, but this is... crap, man, this is like total Indian music slammed entirely inappropriately into a Western pop song format. Great Oden’s Beard, it rules. I just tap my DogFish-foot and sing along and wonder at the fact that there was once a point in my life when I considered this to be a "puny, imbecilic track listened to by the users of Sputnikmusic.com.." It's honestly probably the greatest song on the record - most creative, inspiring and influential anyway. And any fool would love the mocking crowd laughter at the end.

Greatest song on the record? No. Allow me to re-ponder that notion. "All-Star" is the greatest song on the record and, in the minds of many, the finest moment in the entire 20th, 21st and 22nd centuries – from a musical perspective of course. Steve created a pop masterpiece here; a genuinely beautiful song about close to nothing. Child please, what else to say about Astro Lounge? Let's try this: All of you negative nellies out there who think it's overrated, give it a break. Think about how this must have sounded in 1999. Think about how it compares to everything that came before it in the popular music world. Think about how dramatically they shifted their look and style between Fush Yu Mang and this one. The sounds here are hardly conventional, and will likely take generations to reveal their true cultural impact. I'll admit that the "unhindered by guitars" aspect of this record used to really wane on my ears, but I think I've finally matured to the point where I can enjoy a great song no matter what instrument it's being played on. Even if it's a sissy-ass flute like in "Fallen Horses.” There's not a single weak track on here. It's just a different sort of entertainment maybe than what the uninformed listener is used to. Unless you actually listen to *** like this on a day-to-day basis. Which you don’t.

By reading this review, you are likely assuming that this fine piece of audio ass has been bestowed with the vaunted “classic” rating here on Sputnik Music, but you are just making an ass out of “u” and “me” – the world is not ready for such a proclamation, and I don’t wish to be like the user snave anyway. 3/5


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SeaAnemone
October 19th 2010



20041 Comments


sup Boognish

Digging: Natural Snow Buildings - The Night Country

BatDogMan
October 19th 2010



156 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I read your "review," imbecellic user 'snave' -- it seemed to me to be more of an autobiography! Read this excellent work of critical prose, watch the 'pos' voted roll in and wallow in the stinky grime of your defeat!

All cower in fear before the user known as DogFish!

BatDogMan
October 19th 2010



156 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

who is this user 'Boognish' that you speak of? I am the one known as the DogFish! Soon to conquer all of Sputnikmusic.com!

fr33convict
October 19th 2010



11687 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Does not read like a 3. Or a legit review.

porch
October 19th 2010



8453 Comments


how has this guy not been banned yet

BatDogMan
October 19th 2010



156 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

how dare you question the legitimacy of this piece of critical prose?! Did you read the 'review' submitted in challenge against mine by the user snave?! he did not once discuss the merits of this album! instead he told a story of space-sex and sodomy that should be cyber-burned by the moderators of this filthy site!

SeaAnemone
October 19th 2010



20041 Comments


HEY NOW-- YOU'RE AN ALL STAR!

fr33convict
October 19th 2010



11687 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Let me have the honor of negging this first.

BatDogMan
October 19th 2010



156 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

explain your neg! was the grammar poor? did you pos the review by user snave?!

fr33convict
October 19th 2010



11687 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I'm gonna make a hundred alts and continuously neg this and not explain why.

BatDogMan
October 19th 2010



156 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

user someguest's mother is a minor?! have I committed the crime of pedophilia?!

BatDogMan
October 19th 2010



156 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

user fr33convict: are you blind or incredibly stupid?

he is one of three users who have written a review for this album! Check the side-bar you blathering fool!

we are currently in a review-off, 'negs' do not matter. Only the number of 'pos' votes -- so decide!

BatDogMan
October 19th 2010



156 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

since user fr33convict 'edited' his previous comment, allow me to reiterate"

fr33convict: WHO IS SNAVE?!?!?!

(i.e. 'I'm announcing my stupidity to all of Sputnik!')

Emim
October 19th 2010



26618 Comments


Yeah, you lost baaaaaaaaad

BatDogMan
October 19th 2010



156 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

explain your decision, user Emim! you enjoyed the fictional tale that lacked musical criticism or description that was the 'review' by user snave?!

fr33convict
October 19th 2010



11687 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

user BatDogMan: what? I saw that a long time ago. Are you blind or incredibly stupid?

BatDogMan
October 19th 2010



156 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Just... don't go there man. I pity the fool that needs to edit comments on Sputnikmusic.com to improve their self-esteem!

Jesuslaves
October 19th 2010



4655 Comments


you talk (type) like william shatner

BatDogMan
October 19th 2010



156 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

and I shat like William Typener -- what is your point, user Jesuslaves?

Emim
October 19th 2010



26618 Comments


No decision; I didn't pos either of them.



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