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A Mouthful [CD]

The Do Audio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (4 May 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Blue Wrasse
  • ASIN: B0026J8L72
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,722 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Playground Hustle
2. At Last!
3. On My Shoulders
4. Song for Lovers
5. The Bridge Is Broken
6. Stay
7. Unissasi Laulelet
8. Tammie
9. Queen Dot Com
10. Coda
11. Searching Gold
12. When Was I Last Home?
13. Travel Light
14. Aha
15. In My Box

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Do Do Well 13 July 2009
By The Wolf TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Ms Merilahti and Mr Levy collectively known as The Do
have created something extraordinary and distinctive
with their debut album 'A Mouthful'.

This Franco-Finnish duo are striding way out into the leftfield
with this collection of 15 fiercely independent compositions.

The mood is predominantly light and quirky.

Opening track 'In My Box' immediately catapults into
unfamiliar territory. The childrens' chorus has an ambiguous
feral quality - kind of Lord Of The Flies meets Bjork !

From here on in it's a patchwork quilt of largely very
fine songwriting.

'On My Shoulders' is a small jewel of a composition.
Ms Merilahti's fragile and expressive vocal performance
is quite delightful; the string and organ accompaniment
is perfectly judged.

'The Bridge Is Broken' would not have been too out of
place if encountered in a 1920's music hall.
The disembodied ethereal harmonies are especially striking.

'Tammie' funks things up very nicely. The ska rhythms and
swirling vocals conjure up images of a fairground nightmare.

'Coda' creates a darker brooding atmosphere. The ghostly
strings and flittering percussion support an equally haunting
central vocal performance. A very fine song.

Likewise the fragile 'Searching Gold'. The slightly off-kilter
piano and spare arrangement is somewhat redolent of
P J Harvey's work on her splendid 'White Chalk' album.

'Travel Light' is a heavier affair altogether and perhaps
the weakest number in the collection.

The bombastic percussion and wailing voice and guitar of final
track 'Aha' bring the album to an abrupt and inconclusive close.

A strangely wonderful and deeply satifying musical experience.

Highly Recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars How many summers will I wait 18 Sep 2008
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
I first found "A Mouthful" floating around the web somewhere, and though at first it didn't capture my attention, I was soon scouring the web for an actual physical disk. I had to stretch my horizons to France.

So I don't think it's an exaggeration to call The DÝ a deeply underrated band who haven't yet gotten the attention they deserve. And that's a shame, because the Finnish/French duo's debut album "A Mouthful" is one of the more lovable ones of the past year -- a gloriously colourful patchwork quilt of different pop melodies, as if The DÝ is determined to try out as many kinds of music as they humanly can.

It opens with a sprightly recorder tune, and the sound of childlike voices shouting, "We -- are -- not -- cra-- zy!/We are not afraid of your grown-ups/We'll go ask the queen of this kingdom/If you won't let us play with screws and hammers!" Olivia Bouyssou Merilahti follows it up with an indulgent little song about, "Now boys play with pink girls at the break/See they're not blindly stuck up with colours/And girls like to run with boys/In the muddy school garden... girls and boys, gigglin' and sharing..."

Then unexpectedly the band switches styles completely, to the laid-back guitars of "At Last" ("Oh girls I found what you're still craving for") and the catchy lament of "On My Shoulders." The absolute peak of the album is the string-laden "Song For Lovers," where Merilahti croons wistfully, "Here's a song for lovers/Who don't care if they don't sleep/If dragonflies with heavy hearts/Cut the air like darts... You were far too young dear/To get so close to the clouds/No one told you to stay awake/For pleasures of that kind."

But though that ballad is the loveliest, it's not the end by any stretch of the imagination.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Much AdÝ (8/10) 6 Aug 2009
By Gannon TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Pronounced in line with the musical scale do-re-mi, this Franco-Finnish duo finally gets a long-overdue UK release. A Mouthful is an eclectic and dizzying release starting badly however in playground vocals and recorder harmonies. Luckily, this hiccup is all that can be frowned upon. Olivia Merilahti's delightful voice is the star of the show, pitched beguilingly between Nina Persson and her from the Concretes. Indeed, it drives and equally floats through the choice pop of early highlights `On My Shoulders' and `The Bridge is Broken' recalling a under-produced-but-all-the-better-for-it cover of the Cardigans' Gran Turismo period.

Sandwiched in between, `Song For Lovers' is entirely more sombre, more in line with First Aid Kit's Nordic campfire-folk. The cutesy pop-folk of `Stay' will certainly have caught Slow Club's ear, as will Merilahti's declaration that the target of this track will not provide the `satisfying shag' she's looking for. One looks with furrowed brow at bandmate Andy LaPlant at this point. Pulsing, world-embracing Finnish-language `Unissassi Laulelet', along with the Bon-Iver-Blood-Bank borrowing `Tammie', draw the sensible section of A Mouthful to a close.

Then, this happens. `Queen Dot Kong' can only be described as a bouncy castle, full of hip-pop beats and two veg, kitchen sink and madcap, guest vocals and samples. If you are thinking Chris Colonna's cavalier Bumblebeez at this point you would be well rewarded for doing so. In turn, this track bleeds into `Coda', not really a track in its own right as the name suggests. This baffling pair's inclusion is massively incongruous, yet not unwelcome. It weirdly all makes sense, but forgives the occasional skip.
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3.0 out of 5 stars intriguing
This is a remarkable (i'm not too sure whether in a good or bad way yet (?) hence the 3 stars) eclectic album from this male/female duo. It's basically folky pop with an attitude. Read more
Published on 21 Jun 2010 by Peter Hill
4.0 out of 5 stars How many summers will I wait?
I first found "A Mouthful" floating around the web somewhere, and though at first it didn't capture my attention, I was soon scouring the web for an actual physical disk. Read more
Published on 17 May 2010 by E. A Solinas
3.0 out of 5 stars The Do (A Mouthful)
A good album, though not blow you away and listen to over and over again kind of good. Still am fairly glad I purchased it. Read more
Published on 14 Oct 2009 by Andrew Fulford
5.0 out of 5 stars Summer is here
This album had a 5* review in the Sunday Times, yet its hardly made a mark on the charts.
Can't understand why - its fantastic! Read more
Published on 17 July 2009 by M. Hutchinson
4.0 out of 5 stars Cut the air like darts
I first found "A Mouthful" floating around the web somewhere, and though at first it didn't capture my attention, I was soon scouring the web for an actual physical disk. Read more
Published on 7 Jun 2009 by E. A Solinas
5.0 out of 5 stars Eclectic jazzy indie pop - brilliant!
It's criminal that this Franco-Finnish duo's debut album hasn't been released properly in the UK - their (mostly) English-language pop, informed by indierock, hiphop, and jazz... Read more
Published on 3 July 2008 by Sick Mouthy
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