The groovy, '60s soul-funk of "Walking on the Sun" disguises the fact that Smash Mouth isn't much more than a run-of-the-mill ska-punk band and that their debut, Fush Yu Mang, isn't much more than an average modern rock album. With its organ riff and breezy melody, "Walking on the Sun" is a great one-shot single, yet Smash Mouth never comes close to replicating its easy charm anywhere on Fush Yu Mang. They sound clumsy when they rock, and their up-tempo numbers never quite catch fire. There are some moments that'll satisfy third wave ska revival fans, but anyone hooked in by the single will find the album disappointing.
AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine