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No less an authority than Sex Pistol-cum-DJ Steve Jones has opined he finds the aught-something UK pop scene a dizzying, trend-challenged stew, a notion this cocky debut by Lebanon-born/Paris conservatory trained Mika reinforces with high-flying glee. Deconstruct it and you’ll find some familiar ‘70s sonic touchstones at its core, specifically Elton John’s pop-craft smarts and Freddie Mercury’s flair for over-the-top showmanship, right down to the delicious, campy abandon with which the musician delivers his soaring falsetto on the impossibly effervescent opener/Euro-breakout single “Grace Kelly.” “Relax” suggests the Scissor Sisters with a serious Abba jones, while “Interpretation” spotlights a solid, more traditional ballad instinct and the Broadway-ready “Billy Brown” showcases an artist who knows how to employ the copious surplus brass he carries between his musical legs.

Customer Reviews

Fantastic Album

This should go straight to number one and stay there. Mika will be a huge star and if this is just the start will be around for quite a while. It sounds like a greatest hits album for most artists but with the additional class of album tracks. Just buy it. Can't wait for the tour at the end of February. Luckily you can still get tickets on eBay. Highlights Grace Kelly - Enough said No1 Lollypop - get this one out of your head if you can My Interpretation - very classy could be a single Any Other World - My personal favourite - hard to describe except for brilliant - you wont hear this on the radio though you'll have to buy the album - its worth it though Im not risking going through the rest I got timed out last time and have had to retype. Put it this way the bonus track Ring Ring is better than most top 5 hits. Cant wait for the 2nd album...already....MIKA the saviour of pop (Im actually a rock fan but you've got to give credit where credit's due) and this is good stuff.

what a beast

i am so happy this album is going to live up to the hype and that all the energy that goes into the songs when i've seen him live is still present in the album. So much talent on show on here and with enough variety that there should be something for most people. Buy it, if nothing else MIKA seems to have the uncanny ability to put a smile on your face whatever you think about him or the music. He's such a good bloke whose worked hard to make a seriously good debut album. Viva MIKA!

A Real Melting Pot of Talent

The recipe is as follows; 1 part Freddie Mercury 1 part Jake Shears 1 part Justin Hawkins And make it look like Jean Michel-Jarre's lovechild. Voila - Mika. Great Album.


Born: 18 August 1983 in Beirut, Lebanon

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Pop magpie Mika's bright, kaleidoscopic music has drawn comparisons to everyone from Queen and Elton John to the Scissor Sisters and Rufus Wainwright. Born Michael Holbrook Penniman in Beirut to a Lebanese mother and American father, Mika and his parents moved to Paris while he was still very young, and eventually London by the time he was nine years old. The frequent moves, incidents like his father being taken hostage at Kuwait's American Embassy, and bullying at school affected young Mika to the...
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