The Dø - A Mouthful
Is this The Dø that Betty Boo used to do? I can’t say for sure but I do know that they are a Paris based duo who’ve hit the big time in France after being featured on a television advert. Such a claim to fame should have every right thinking music fan heading for the hills (Babylon Zoo anyone?) but, hold your horses, this is the exception that proves the rule.
Make no mistake, this album succeeds or fails on the strength of lead singer Olivia’s voice which, to these ears, is indistinguishable from that of Nina Persson of the Cardigans. If you liked the Cardigans then you can’t manage without this record and, even if you didn’t, this is potent stuff. Pop dynamite! With the pop sensibilities of Sub Sub and the song structures and orchestration of the Manics this is the sound of 1996 pop pickers. Who ever thought we could get nostalgic about 1996? Desperate times call for desperate measures, maybe such nostalgia will cross media and Tarantino may even seem relevant again. I’ve gone too far, reel me back in...
Let’s stick with things cinematic though as the album begins with a very odd Playground Hustle which almost demands its own Lord of the Flies style feature film as Olivia calls upon groups of girls and then boys to challenge authority with the boys threatening to take their case for the right to play with dolls to the king of this kingdom.
Pretty much every track on the album is a slice of pop perfection but the absolute show stopper is the wearily defiant On my shoulders which has to be candidate for track of the year and is now a permanent fixture upon my trusty gramaphone. Not that it overshadows an album bursting with breezy summer joy and how could it when there are gems such as the tantalizing Stay just a little bit more and the beguiling Unisassi Laulelet which is a bit like an extract from Lakme sung in Finnish.
Now, I know that you’ve got an image to maintain and that you are on a diet of atonal, bearded north american bands but, porca dio, if you have an ounce, a mere spark of pop soul left within you then this album could be the one that saves you from yourself. You just have to break the spell, you merely have to stand up, get on your feet and say that you believe in the power of pop music. You Dø believe in the power of pop music, don’t you?
There’s a new star in heaven tonight.