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Album Review

Making an album even more vibrant than Life in Cartoon Motion would have been difficult for Mika. On The Boy Who Knew Too Much, he doesn't try to top himself; instead, he reins in just enough of his debut's indulgent tendencies to let his gift for great melodies and hooks be the focus. His multifaceted pop sounds a little calmer and a lot more confident here — rather than cramming songs with moments intended to impress that end up being overwhelming, "Dr. John"'s finger-popping minor fall and major lift and the calypso-tinged "Blue Eyes" actually are impressive because they're so direct. While Life in Cartoon Motion was remarkably engaging, occasionally it felt like Mika was more skilled at pastiche than presenting his own sound. Here, Mika and producer Greg Wells fashion songs that sound truly distinctive; though touches of inspirations and peers like Elton John, the Bee Gees, and the Scissor Sisters still pop up, the musician Mika borrows from most on The Boy Who Knew Too Much is himself. The album's opening trio of tracks nods to his debut's most vivid moments without copying them: "We Are Golden" is every bit as sunshiny as "Love Today"; "Blame It on the Girls" builds on "Grace Kelly"'s sleek style; and "Rain" is a kissing cousin to "Relax"'s pulsing, melancholy disco-pop. Mika tries a few different sounds on for size, most notably on "Toy Boy," a subversively sweet singsong that lies somewhere between Elvis Presley's "Wooden Heart" and the Dresden Dolls' "Coin Operated Boy," and the torchy finale, "Pick Up Off the Floor." While ballads still aren't his forte, slower tracks like the Imogen Heap collaboration "By the Time" offer welcome breathing room from "One Foot Boy" and the album's other almost ridiculously catchy tracks. Anyone who liked Life in Cartoon Motion's bright, brash approach won't be disappointed by The Boy Who Knew Too Much — it's clear Mika knows exactly what he's doing.

Customer Reviews

Finally! :)

After Mika's first amazing album "Life In Cartoon Motion", I couldn't get enough of his incredible and unique sound. Lyrically and vocally, Mika is overall brilliant. His first few hits "Grace Kelly" and "Lollipop" were extremely pleasing. Now, a few years have past since then, and Mika has come back with a second album!
The tracks on this album aren't as up-tempo as they were on the first, but they still provide is with that fresh, feel good Mika sound that we all know and love. The lyrics on most of the tracks are pretty well written, and Mika's voice always seems to please.
Personally, I don't think anything can top Mika's first album "Life In Cartoon Motion". It's just too original and insperational to beat. But fortunately, this album was a good attempt to top it. I'm very pleased with this album, even though it doesn't beat the classics.

I could die...

This brings Living room dance parties to a whole notha' level!!! Go Mika!

Mika shows more of his genius

Mika's sophmore album is brilliant! I previewed a few tracks and thought they sounded cool before the album had released. I purchased them this morning which is the day the whole album has come out and boy am I happy. I listened to the first few songs and the way to school and they all put me in the best mood. There was fog everywhere in the morning, but this album made the sun shine and made me the brightest person on the road. He must have put so much work into this album because it is truly amazing. Everything about each song is perfect. Mika is unreal!! You must buy this cd or AT LEAST a few of the songs. Its is worth the damn $0.99. I almost wish I would have purchased the deluxe edition haha. Enjoy it! Great job Mika!!!


Born: August 18, 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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