23 Songs, 1 Hour 21 Minutes


Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
592 Ratings
592 Ratings
dcdeb50 ,


This album was just released in France (yesterday), so I've heard it already and it's fantastic! Yes, I am a long-time, unabashed and biased Mika fan, but I think it'll be clear to anyone who hears this record that Mika has evolved both musically and lyrically, and he benefits greatly from all the stellar collaborations on this album. Working with the likes of Pharrell Williams, Nick Littlemore (Empire of the Sun), Benny Benassi, producer Greg Wells, and others, Mika has created an album that's fresh and different from his previous two efforts, yet is chock full of pop deliciousness and still distinctively MIKA! My top picks from the album? By far, the most powerful song on the album is Underwater, a stirring ballad with a steady beat that crescendoes with the declaration "with your love I can breathe under water!" The title track, an untraditional love song tinged with some social commentary undertones, conveys that sense of joy and elation at finding Mister/Miss Right ("The origin is you... Thank God that you found me!"). Make You Happy (in each of its incarnations) is a hypnotic, electronic wonder that captivates with its persistent chorus: alliwannadoismakeyouhappyalliwannadoismakeyouhappy... And don't miss Stardust, sure to be a club hit, with a driving dance beat and just a smattering of the trademark Mika falsetto. The rest of the tracks on the album are worth a listen as well, from the mid-tempo Step With Me, co-written with Grammy award-winning Hillary Lindsey, to the lyrically quirky Only Love You When I'm Drunk, to Lola, which conjures up '70s memories of the legendary sound of Fleetwood Mac. There's lots more to love on this album if you love well-crafted pop music that's not just catchy -- it's both memorable and meaningful. This album is definitely worth owning and I can't wait until October 16th when it will FINALLY arrive here in the US!

DevilBoi69x ,

I'm not sure about this one...

This review is based on previewing the tracks;
I don't know why but on this album I just can't hear the MIKA that I fell in love with. They made him sound so generic, which is a shame, since MIKA is anything but generic. The only song that caught my attention is Emily, mainly due to the fact that it really shows of Mikas vocal range, in other songs he just sounds flat...

seamonster2012 ,

This Album

This album is intimidating as a musician. It's humbling as a human being. Mika has not only surpassed himself with this album but also every modern artist. This album has made me question if I really ever liked any of the music I ever thought I liked. This album makes being alive better.

About MIKA

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 point where he stopped talking and was taken out of school for six months.

At this point, music became Mika's lifeline, and he soon began formal musical training, which included voice lessons. Along with studies at the Royal College of Music, in his teens and early twenties Mika also recorded with the Royal Opera House and created a jingle for Orbit chewing gum. He dropped out of school to concentrate on his take on pop music, inspired by freewheeling songwriters like Prince and Harry Nilsson. His debut single, "Relax, Take It Easy," appeared in fall 2006, but it was its follow-up, "Grace Kelly," that broke Mika in the U.K. Released in January 2007, the song hit number one on the singles chart thanks to heavy downloading, following in the footsteps of Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy." Mika's full-length debut, Life in Cartoon Motion, did just as well when it was released that February, and was topping the U.K. charts around the time it was released in the U.S. that March. The album sold over five million copies worldwide, and Mika earned a 2008 Grammy nomination for Best Dance Record for "Live Today," as well as that year's Ivor Novello Award for Songwriter of the Year, among other accolades.

On his second album, Mika collaborated with producer Greg Wells, Imogen Heap, and Final Fantasy's Owen Pallett. Initially named We Are Golden after its lead single, the album's title was changed to The Boy Who Knew Too Much for its fall 2009 release. After spending much of 2010 and 2011 on the road, Mika assembled a team of collaborators for his third album, The Origin of Love, that included Pharrell Williams and Empire of the Sun's Nick Littlemore, who appeared on the single "Celebrate," along with William Orbit, Benny Benassi, FrYars, Wells, and Klas Åhlund. One of the songs from this period, "Gang Bang," ended up on Madonna's MDNA album. The Origin of Love arrived in October 2012.

In 2013, Mika was added as a judge on the seventh season of the reality TV vocal competition The X Factor Italy. The following year, he also joined the French reality TV vocal competition The Voice: La Plus Belle Voix, as a judge for the third and fourth seasons. He also released the French-language single "Boum Boum Boum," another collaboration with Wells and Åhlund. Mika's fourth studio album, 2015's No Place in Heaven, once again found him working with Wells, and featured the singles "Talk About You" and "Last Party."

Beirut, Lebanon
August 18, 1983




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