Mouth by Mouth

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Mouth by Mouth
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Studio album by His Name Is Alive
Released April 13, 1993
Recorded 1992
Genre Alternative rock
Length 49:11
Label 4AD
Producer His Name Is Alive
His Name Is Alive chronology
The Dirt Eaters EP
(1992)
Mouth by Mouth
(1993)
King of Sweet
(1993)

Mouth by Mouth is an album by His Name Is Alive, released by 4AD in 1993.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau (A-)[1]

Many critics have described Mouth By Mouth as a more conventional effort by His Name is Alive than their previous albums.[2][1][3] AllMusic's Heather Phares described Mouth By Mouth as "a high point in His Name Is Alive's career" and gave it 4.5 out of 5 stars.[2] Robert Christgau also reviewed the album favorably, giving it an A- and describing it as "Big Star's Third as witting aesthetic strategy rather than failed attempt to make the world go away."[1] Richard Fontenoy wrote in the Rough Guide to Rock that the album was "a 70s heavy-rock album produced by a hyperactive and easily distracted child with an interest in trying every possible effect, level and mixing technique".[3]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Defever, credited as His Name Is Alive, except 4, 9 and 16, written by Melissa Elliott, and 12, a cover of a Big Star track, written by Alex Chilton, credited here as "LX Chilton."

4AD releases[edit]

CD release (CAD3006CD)

  1. "Baby Fish Mouth" - 2:32
  2. "Lip" - 2:57
  3. "Cornfield" - 3:15
  4. "In Every Ford" - 3:43
  5. "Lord, Make Me a Channel of Your Peace" - 2:17
  6. "Drink, Dress and Ink" - 2:30
  7. "Where Knock Is Open Wide" - 2:46
  8. "Can't Go Wrong Without You" - 3:14
  9. "Jack Rabbits" - 1:50
  10. "Sort Of" - 1:03
  11. "Sick" - 3:50
  12. "Blue Moon" - 2:15
  13. "Ear" - 2:02
  14. "Lemon Ocean" - 2:47
  15. "The Torso" - 3:23
  16. "The Dirt Eaters" - 4:47
  17. "The Homesick Waltz" - 4:00

"The Dirt Eaters" is a different version than appeared on The Dirt Eaters EP, a rock and roll version replacing the acoustic version that appeared on the EP. The Jack Nicholson sample that appeared on the EP version appears again, although shortened (removing the part where he says "And all the weeds.")

The cover for the 4AD vinyl release of Mouth By Mouth.

The 4AD vinyl LP release (CAD3006) uses several different samples and mixes for some of the songs, and does not include "The Homesick Waltz," despite having the lyrics for it in the inner sleeve.

The 4AD cassette release (CADC3006) is similar in mixing and sampling to the CD release, but like the LP does not include "The Homesick Waltz."

The 4AD CD version is currently available by 4AD's website, and also on music download services like eMusic and iTunes.

4AD/Warner Brothers USA release[edit]

  1. "Baby Fish Mouth" - 2:32
  2. "Lip" - 2:57
  3. "Cornfield" - 3:15
  4. "In Every Ford" - 3:43
  5. "Lord, Make Me a Channel of Your Peace" - 2:17
  6. "Drink, Dress and Ink" - 2:30
  7. "Where Knock Is Open Wide" - 2:46
  8. "Can't Go Wrong Without You" - 3:14
  9. "Jack Rabbits" - 1:50
  10. "Sort Of" - 1:03
  11. "Sick" - 3:50
  12. "Blue Moon" - 2:15
  13. "Ear" - 2:02
  14. "Lemon Ocean" - 2:47
  15. "The Torso" - 3:14
  16. "The Dirt Eaters" - 4:24

As mentioned above, several samples are missing on this release, in comparison to the 4AD UK release, along with the track "The Homesick Waltz." Different mixes are used for several songs, many with a "hotter" mix, giving it a more "rock" sound to supposedly appeal to the USA grunge fad. Most noticeable is "The Dirt Eaters," which does not include the Jack Nicholson sample, or the ethereal echo on Denise James' vocals. This version is out of print. The UK version is now available in the US as electronic downloads from sites like eMusic or iTunes.

Singers[edit]

While Karin Oliver sang nearly all of HNIA's songs up this point, Mouth By Mouth used a wide variety of Defever's associates on vocals. The lead vocals on the album are: Karen Neal sings 1, 2 and 4; Karin Oliver sings 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, 15 and 17; Chelle Marie Ehlers sings 6 and 8; Denise James sings 11, 13, 14 and 16.

Personnel[edit]

  • Warren Defever - Guitar, Sampling
  • Karin Oliver - Vocals, Cello
  • Melissa Elliott - Guitar
  • Denise James - Vocals
  • Damian Lang - Drums
  • Elden M. - Vocals, Sound Effects
  • Trey Many - Drums
  • Chelle Marie - Vocals
  • Karen Neal - Vocals

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Christgau, Robert (2000). Christgau's Consumer Guide: Albums of the '90s. Macmillan. p. 135. 
  2. ^ a b Phares, Heather. "Mouth by Mouth Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 28 September 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Fontenoy, Richard (2003). Buckley, Peter, ed. The Rough Guide to Rock. Rough Guides. p. 496.