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Album Review

By the time Smash Mouth released their fourth album, Get the Picture?, in the summer of 2003, they were nearly an American summer institution. Every two years or so, they would have an effervescent, cheerfully lightweight single that dominated the airwaves all summer and well into the fall, with an equally fizzy, catchy album to back it up. On their third album, they stumbled somewhat, at least in terms of sales, which may be due to a lack of songs as undeniable as "All Star," "Walking on the Sun," or "Till the Morning Comes," or it could be because it came out in November, and winter just isn't the time for this quintessentially Californian band. Get the Picture? also lacks an undeniable single, or even a standout track for that matter — Neil Diamond was even drafted in for "You Are My Number One," to no avail — but it doesn't really matter, because the mood is bright, the tone is bright, and the music sounds sunny. If nothing really catches hold as a song, there's still a lot of tuneful, appealing material here, and it functions well as a party album for those hot days of summer. Whether it will be remembered beyond that is another matter entirely, but once again Smash Mouth delivers a soundtrack for the summer. They're reliable, and that's a point in their favor.

Customer Reviews

Rehash

I struggled between a 3- and a 4-star rating for this album. It's not that it's a bad album; It's enjoyable to listen to and I like it a good deal. But anyone who is familiar with Smash Mouth will easily recognize the somewhat high number of riffs, rhythms and sounds that the band has borrowed from itself. Fortunately what was borrowed was a collection of the finer points of their discography, resulting in an album that can be played through a number of times without becoming dull, which is why I rated it a 4 out of 5. Had the same effect been achieved with more all-new material, I likely would have given it a 5. Good album nonetheless.

Good purchase, go and get it

I had read mixed things on this one and still bought it. I see why they were mixed as it is not as good as their first two albums and about as good as their third. Good, fun music, just not their best. I do recommend it as it is good, just not great.

Still Producing A+ Stuff

Wow. That three letters describes this album perfectly. Get the Picture? is an album full of songs that are often ignored. My question is: how can anyone ignore it? My favorites are numerous: Hang On, Looking For a Wall, Seventh Grade Dance, and Always Gets Her Way (in that order). 99 cents per song is by far worth it, I'd pay three times that much for each of the four songs I listed above. WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?? BUY IT NOW!!

Biography

Formed: 1994 in San Jose, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

A novelty rock band in the same vein as Presidents of the United States of America, but with surf and garage influences instead of the Presidents' punk/thrash background, Smash Mouth found a hit in 1997 with the '50s-influenced "Walkin' on the Sun." The group was formed in 1994 in San Jose, CA, by vocalist Steve Harwell, a former rapper with the group F.O.S. After that group disintegrated, he began jamming with an old friend, drummer Kevin Coleman. Harwell's former manager introduced him to guitarist...
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