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A Mouthful

A Mouthful
The Dø
Released 14 January 2008
Recorded 2007
Genre Indie rock
Folk rock
Indie pop
Length 42:34
Label Cinq7
Wagram
Get Døwn!
Producer The Dø
The Dø chronology

- A Mouthful
(2008)
Both Ways Open Jaws
(2011)

A Mouthful is the debut album by French/Finnish indie rock band The Dø, released on 14 January 2008. Two singles were released from it, “On My Shoulders” (2007) and “At Last!” (2008).[1] The album was given its U.S. release in April 2010, featuring additional versions of three of the album's songs as bonus tracks.

Tracklist

All songs written by Olivia Bouyssou Merilahti and Dan Levy.[2]

  1. Playground Hustle – 2:55
  2. At Last ! – 4:09
  3. On My Shoulders – 5:21
  4. Song for Lovers – 2:24
  5. The Bridge is Broken – 4:42
  6. Stay (Just a Little Bit More) – 3:06
  7. Unissasi Laulelet – 2:19
  8. Tammie – 3:15
  9. Queen Dot Kong – 3:14
  10. Coda – 1:57
  11. Searching Gold – 5:10
  12. When Was I Last Home? – 3:34
  13. Travel Light – 4:02
  14. Aha – 4:19
  15. In My Box – 1:48

Bonus tracks on the U.S. release

16. On My Shoulders (Chamber Version) – 5:35
17. Unissasi Laulelet (Chamber Version) – 3:55
18. Playground Hustle'N'Bustle – 11:19

Singles

“On My Shoulders”

Chart Position
France 1

“At Last!”

Chart Position
France TBA

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Pitchfork Media (7.5/10)[3]
Drowned in Sound (9/10) [4]
Les Inrockuptibles (Favorable)[5]

Pitchfork Media gave the album a good rating of 7.5 out of 10, noting "[A Mouthful] tries to balance the mature and the immature" and that "[Olivia B. Merilahti and Dan Levy] aren't shy about toying with musical categories (...) which compensates for the less-than-advisable inclusions, and the record is as ambitious and fun as any coming-out party in recent memory", but criticizing the lack of a better quality control.[3]

Drowned in Sound gave it a rating of 9 out of 10, saying the band is like "a female Eminem backed with a brass band" or "PJ Harvey on the Moon".[4]

French magazine Les Inrockuptibles gave a positive review, calling them a "cool and promising band".[5]

The album was nominated for the Prix Constantin in 2008 but did not win.

Charts

A Mouthful topped the French charts in its first week. It is the first English-sung pop French record that has garnered the top chart placement in France.[6] [7]

Chart Position
France 1
Swiss 52
Belgium 49

References

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