A great debut
If you enjoy hearing any of Mika's hits on the radio, then buy this album. The songs are cheerful, upbeat and full of energy. The sound reminds me of the Scissor Sisters. You will find yourself singing along and humming the catchy tunes all day. Definitely worth the money; you will never take this CD out of the player!
He's being hailed as the new big thing in the UK, and after hearing Mika's Grace Kelly as it stormed through the charts to the top, I jumped at the first chance to listen to the album.
At first, it didn't meet my high expectations with its slightly Scissor Sisters-esque sound ('Love Today') and almost too-poppy tracks ('Lollipop'), but with second listens, they're already growing on me. It wasn't until about half way through that I discovered it contains some irresistibly catchy little ditties such as 'Big Girl (You Are Beautiful)', 'Billy Brown' and 'Stuck In The Middle'. It ends with a bonus track, 'Ring Ring', which continues the vibe that screams 'LISTEN TO ME OVER AND OVER' at you - and I certainly have no problems obliging.
However, the album certainly has its weak points. It slows down slightly for a funky bassline in 'Relax (Take It Easy)', but unfortunately, despite the good beats, it's the chorus that puts me off wanting to listen to it more. This leads onto possibly the weakest track on the CD, 'Any Other World', which perks up now and then with some hopeful violins, but the track soon drifts back to its softer melodies.
While the CD features some fantastic upbeat pop songs, it just generally isn't as amazing as it could be. In fact, if I had to sum up the album in one word, 'amazing' would not be it. I would definitely call it 'rather good', though. The piano and catchy hooks keep you wanting more and Mika's voice ensures a great sound. For a debut, it's a great CD, and certainly worth the money if you were a fan of 'Grace Kelly'.
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Mika - Life in Cartoon Motion CD - Released 2007
Received as a gift for my birthday having mentioned I liked Grace Kelly, Life in Cartoon Motion, far surpassed any expect ions.
It seems pretty unbelievable that 12 months ago no one had heard of Mika, then Grace Kelly exploded onto the music scene. With 11 tracks on this CD, it is far too short for my liking, and I sincerely can not wait for the next Mika CD, having heard this CD, I would gladly and happily go and see him perform live
Mika on this CD has combined a number of musical styles - all of which feel as fluid and comfortable as the last.
The first track is Grace Kelly, which led to Mika's cult Gay following, then the second track is uptempo with a corking beat called Lollipop.... I dare not put the lyrics on here, but it is so very very catchy do not be surprised if every under 10 year old will know the lyrics if it is released as a chart single...! It has a catchy bit in the middle which is sung by a child - can't say too much without giving it away - just listen!
Billy Brown, another track on the CD is absolutely corking, about a man and his conventional life, who fell in love with another man, an absolute scream.
The fourth Track is the very popular "Everybody's going to Love today" catchy and upbeat and again a totally different Genre from anything else on the album.
Of course this CD includes a track, which has to be one of my favourites Big Girl you are beautiful, an anthem for any woman who feel's pressured to lose weight - why bother!
I would heartily recommend this as a great stocking filler for anyone with a sense of fun, it is a very entertaining CD,
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Mika's fab new album
Take a light sprinkle of Freddie Mercury, add a dash of Beck, mix with a drop of Prince, a pinch of Bolan, stir well eh voila! Ladies and Gentlemen, please meet Mika. 'Life In Cartoon Motion' is the debut album from musical virtuoso Mika, the sort of goose-bump-brilliant star that British pop is in desperate need of right now, and who is being tipped as a major breakthrough artist for 2007
Debonair, with a touch of degenerate dandy, Mika has a stunning, you-wouldn't-believe-it life story (born in Beirut, grew up in the war, a father held hostage in an embassy in Kuwait, self-imposed exile in Paris before settling in London) and you have the first chapter in a story that is destined to keep us enthralled for the foreseeable future. You may already be aware of his signature song, 'Grace Kelly', a sensational 4/4 opera set to a technicolour pop backdrop. The infectious pomp of 'Grace Kelly' became a benchmark for where Mika wanted to go, with the results displayed in gloriously full effect on 'Life in Cartoon Motion'.
A songwriter, performer, producer and orchestrator, Mika's songs combine a heady euphoric rush with darker unexpected elements: daytime melodramas and night-time tales of love, loss, abandonment, hope and happiness. The album also comes with some brilliant artwork created by Mika himself.
Some great tracks but badly sequenced
This album suffers from a terrible sequencing. I don't know who decides on the track orders of artist's albums, whether it is the artist themselves or the record company but out of all the albums I have heard, this one suffers the most.
There are some fantastic pop tunes on here, Grace Kelly, Love Today, Big Girl (You are Beautiful)being the standouts. There are also some lovely, more staightforward ballads. The problem is that in the current order, the album jumps all over the place, leaving no chance to sustain any emotional contact with the content. Particularly poor is the placement of My Interpretation so early on. Coming as it does after Lollipop is schizophrenic to say the least! This can work on some albums, but here it doesn't.
Another gripe is the burying of the album's most emotionally affecting song as a hidden track. I can see why this was done, but it is a real shame.
If you like Grace Kelly and Love Today then the album is worth investigating. It is fantastic fun. This would be my preferred track listing (ah, the joys of sequencing!)
Big Girl (You are Beautiful)
Relax (Take it Easy)
Stuck in the Middle
Any Other World
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Mika Life in cartoon motion
<i>I didnt read any other reviews before writing this and Have edited this to say how I now see others see the Queen / Freddie connection.
Review as I wrote it below.</i>
Sounds to me a bit like a cross between Queen and the Sissor Sisters!!
Ok Tis funky and catchy but the 'Grace Kelly' track is well annoying.
Kids like this CD more than I do but I prefer the Clash. LOL.
Here is my review of each track as thay appear on the cd.
Grace Kelly. Annoying
Lollipop. Hate this one.
My Interpretation. Ok ish but samey all the way through.
Love Today. This is the one I like, Sissor Sisters sound alike IMHO.
Relax. Nice song this one, quite easy on the ears.
Any Other World. Very Gentle this one.
Billy Brown. Reminds me of a mixture of Queen and a kids 70's tv show for some reason.
Big Girls (You are Beautiful). My Son loves this the most, quite true the lyrics on this one.:-)
Stuck in the Middle. Ummm a bit in the middle between ok and bouncy.
Happy Ending. Dramatic (in a way) R&B (in a way) on the whole not my cup of tea.
Ring Ring. Doesn't seem to be the right song for the music, sounds a bit weird.
So in all ok for a 8 year old girls present but give me The Clash any day.
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