Both Ways Open Jaws


Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
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  1. Both Ways Open Jaws will strike you as both new sounding and classic, as both fresh and rooted in tradition. Most importantly, it will strike you as a treasure, and probably, as the best album you have heard in a long time.
  2. Dec 14, 2011
    Unavoidable comparisons to the Icelandic princess and her early years aside, Both Ways Open Jaws sounds familiar while breaking new ground.
  3. Jan 20, 2012
    In addition to the obvious musical proficiency that is displayed throughout this album, which in and of itself would make for engaging listening, the true strength of the Dø's uniquely blended sound is its sense of adventure and good old fashioned fun.
  4. Uncut
    Dec 1, 2011
    This terrific sequel feels bigger and better. [Dec 2011, p.81]
  5. Nov 28, 2011
    Truly impressive, The Dø gracefully pull off the kind of intriguing "oddness" the likes of Florence Welch strain and wheeze for, and with better tunes.
  6. Nov 28, 2011
    A record that ranges widely without ever feeling tacked-together. A real feat of production.
  7. Nov 28, 2011
    The string-soaked The Wicked & The Blind, in particular, illustrates the strange, impressive feat they've managed to pull off with this record, which is to sound sparse and rich at exactly the same time.
  8. On the evidence of this [album] one can safely say that the Dø are the best French/Finnish duo in pop.
  9. 80
    "Both Ways Open Jaws" is tribal, prickly and wickedly playful.
  10. 80
    In an era where music comes from literally every corner of the globe right to our fingertips, The Dø makes an alluring sound that is more integrated and effective than the UN.
  11. Jan 4, 2012
    More often than not, the contradictions between the band's knowing appropriations and its calls against jaded cynicism resolve themselves in the album's intricately rewarding attention to rich and unexpected sonic details.
  12. Jan 19, 2012
    Both Ways... fuses folk, indie rock, electronica, and avant-garde pop with unusual percussion including bottle tops, plants, and saucepans.
  13. Nov 28, 2011
    Both Ways Open Jaws is an album that is best when taken as a whole and wholly intriguing trip into that most treacherous and elusive of terrains: the happy marriage of eccentricity and pop song craft.
  14. Nov 28, 2011
    The second album from this mysterious French/Finnish indie-folk duo is every bit as eclectic and unexpected as the first.

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