Word of Mouth (Mike + The Mechanics album)

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Word of Mouth
Mike & The Mechanics - Word of Mouth-CD.jpg
Studio album by Mike + The Mechanics
Released 2 April 1991
Recorded The Farm Surrey
Genre Rock
Length 45:44
Label Atlantic (US/Canada)
Virgin (Rest of World)
Producer Christopher Neil, Mike Rutherford, Russ Titelman
Mike + The Mechanics chronology
Living Years
(1988)Living Years1988
Word of Mouth
Beggar on a Beach of Gold
(1995)Beggar on a Beach of Gold1995

Word of Mouth is the third album by Mike + The Mechanics, released in 1991. There was some overlap with the marketing of the album and the making of Genesis's We Can't Dance, with Mike Rutherford being committed to both. As such, there was no tour for Word of Mouth.

The album did not chart as well as Living Years, charting at No.11 in the UK, while the lead single "Word of Mouth" got to No.13 in the UK and No.78 in the US. The follow-up singles "A Time and a Place" and "Everybody Gets a Second Chance" both became minor hits in the UK, peaking at No.58 and No.56, respectively.[1]

The song "Get Up" was used in the 1993 film, Rookie of the Year.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]

AllMusic suggested that the album was inferior to its predecessors, writing, "The new record led off with two killer pop songs...But within a few months of its release, Word of Mouth had already been banished to the discount racks and budget bins of nearly every record store in the English-speaking world."[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Get Up" (Mike Rutherford, Paul Carrack) – 4:23
  2. "Word of Mouth" (Rutherford, Christopher Neil) – 3:55
  3. "A Time and Place" (Rutherford, B. A. Robertson) – 4:52
  4. "Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow" (Rutherford, Robertson) – 4:37
  5. "The Way You Look at Me" (Rutherford, Carrack) – 5:09
  6. "Everybody Gets a Second Chance" (Rutherford, Robertson) – 3:57
  7. "Stop Baby" (Rutherford, Neil) – 3:54
  8. "My Crime of Passion" (Rutherford, Carrack, Adrian Lee) – 4:56
  9. "Let's Pretend It Didn't Happen" (Rutherford, Robertson) – 5:35
  10. "Before (The Next Heartache Falls)" (Rutherford, Carrack) – 6:38


Additional personnel


  • Tracks 1, 3, 5, 8, 9, 10 – Produced by Christopher Neil, Mike Rutherford and Russ Titelman
  • Track 2 – Produced by Mike Rutherford
  • Tracks 4, 6, 7 – Produced by Christopher Neil & Mike Rutherford
  • Engineer: Rob Eaton and Mike Punczek on Track 2
  • Assistant Engineers: Mark Robinson, Jeremy Wheatley, Shaun De Feo
  • Recorded at: The Farm technical assistants Geoff Callingham, Mike Bowen Olympic Studios, London, except Track 2 at Living Years tour, US 1989
  • Equipment: Dale Newman, Steve Jones, Angela Jewel
  • Mastered by: Ted Jensen, Sterling Sound
  • Cover: Icon, photography by Mike Owen


  1. ^ Mike + the Mechanics UK charts history, The Official Charts. Retrieved 11 November 2011.
  2. ^ a b Cater, Evan (2011). "Word of Mouth – Mike + the Mechanics | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 25 July 2011.