A Mouthful

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A Mouthful
Studio album by 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[edit]

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[edit]

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

Singles[edit]

“On My Shoulders”[edit]

Chart Position
France 1

“At Last!”[edit]

Chart Position
France TBA

Critical reception[edit]

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[edit]

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

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