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Life in Cartoon Motion

MikaAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)

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Mika is a British singer-songwriter.

After recording his first extended play, Dodgy Holiday EP, Mika released his first full-length studio album, Life in Cartoon Motion, on Island Records in 2007. Life in Cartoon Motion sold more than 5.6 million copies worldwide and helped Mika win a Brit Award—winning Best British Breakthrough act, and receive a Grammy Award nomination.In 2006, ... Read more in Amazon's Mika Store

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  • Audio CD (March 27, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Casablanca
  • ASIN: B000NA2776
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,243 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Grace Kelly
2. Lollipop
3. My Interpretation
4. Love Today
5. Relax (Take It Easy)
6. Ring Ring
7. Any Other World
8. Billy Brown
9. Big Girl (You Are Beautiful)
10. Stuck In The Middle
11. Erase
12. Happy Ending

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The pop world might be all cooing 'n' cross-eyed over this flamboyant elfin with extended tail-feathers, as if it were shaken suddenly from a slumber, but the arrival of such a character was in fact always inevitable. He's an unlikely but traceable amalgamation of random pop culture explosions from the past few years--two parts Paulo Nutini, one part Kemal from Big Brother, a dash of Daphne & Celeste, a barrel measure of Scissor Sisters, and another pinch of post-ironic dancing to Elton John at the Students' Union gone midnight. It's no secret that the UK has a weakness for pretty-boy singer songwriters either--he fits in there too, in that he's about to stick its index finger in the socket and pour it a drink.

Give it 12 months and you might be taking out a restraining order--Mika will split opinion--but his quasi-soul falsetto is unbelievable, that much is immediately obvious. There are moments nearing syrupy Feeling-esque normalcy (take "My Interpretation"), but those aside it's high camp insatiability all the way. There's a hint of Freddie Mercury’s theatricality in the voice, and in "Big Girl" he's even written a modern day "Fat Bottomed Girls". "Lollipop" is Jake Shears leading the Jackson 5, "Love Today" is the missing link between the Bee Gees and Village People and "Relax, Take It Easy" is a chilled Pet Shop Boys in gold lamé. Too cheesy to be a classic, perhaps, but this is just the brand of subversive eccentricity Robbie has failed miserably to achieve over his past few albums. --James Berry

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2007 debut album from the quirky Lebanese-born and Paris/London raised singer/songwriter who has been compared to Freddie Mercury, George Michael, Elton John and The Bee Gees. Brimming with brightly-hued melodies, engaging hooks and a lyrical style that speaks exactly and distinctly of its moment, he's been given an outlet for his unique vision. When you hear it, you'll know...this is one very special artist! Features the singles 'Relax Take It Easy' and 'Grace Kelly'. Island.

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81 of 89 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Why Don't You Like Me? March 27, 2007
Format:Audio CD
When I saw the video for "Grace Kelly" back in January 2007 I sat up and paid attention. Who's this I said? He sounds like a cross between Elton John and Queen. In fact, he sounds a lot like Freddie Mercury. I have to get this. Alas, it was not yet availabe in the U.S., so I got it from the U.K. instead. It was not until today that I was allowed to post a review. After listening to it for 6+ weeks I have to say that it is easily one of the best debuts of 2007, and one of the strongest in recent memory.

Mika is apparently Lebanese born and Paris/London raised. He apparently was trained at the Lysee school of music in France. This is evident by the abundance of talent throughout the songs. He is clever, he is original and he is thankfully DIVERSE. "Grace Kelly", "Lollipop", "Love Today", "Relax (Take It Easy)", "Any Other World", "Billy Brown", "Big Girl (You Are Beautiful)" and "Happy Ending" are all solid songs.

After repeated listening I felt that not only does Mika remind me of 70's Elton John and Queen, but he also reminded me of the Bee Gees in terms of his abundant use of falsetto (which is more refreshing than it is grating). He also employs elements of The Beatles with the Eleanor Rigby-ish strings on "Any Other World".

The bottom line is "Life In Cartoon Motion" is cheap and the music is very good. Mika definitely seems like someone to watch in the future. Also you have probably already been exposed to his music via the Verizon telphone commercials on t.v. and in movie multiplexes which featured the song "Love Today". Already he's released three singles from "Life In Cartoon Motion"--"Relax (Take It Easy)", "Love Today" and "Grace Kelly" in Europe. "Grace Kelly" was a number one hit over there already along with "Life In Cartoon Motion". Now, if Mika could only conquer America. Probably not--too much hip hop garbage. But you could change that. Check out "Life In Cartoon Motion".
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to the Magical World of Mika February 13, 2007
Today I received the just released Mika CD. I hit mute on my television, left my laptop humming and listened to the whole disk, and it was easy to do. This kid's got that special something. I pre-purchased his CD after I saw his "Grace Kelly" video on the music television channel.

I was very pleased that all of the songs that I heard were obviously by the same artist that produced Grace Kelley. I say that because sometimes you hear a song, it's great, you get the whole album and that song just happened to be a different flavor than the rest of the work. This was all Mika flavor! I was also impressed to see his name next to every song "written by Mika". Only a couple had co-writers.

So Mika has an amazing range, he hits the most beautiful cascading highs, and drops into whispery billowing lows. What ever his formula is, it's perfect. He has found a place that is refreshing and downright charming to hear.

-Grace Kelly: exhibits this range perfectly, its fun and epic at the same time which isn't always possible. This is effective much in the way that the song "I believe in a thing called love" by Darkness, but without the metal edge or dated feeling. Mika carries his whimsy in a completely modern tone - while still occasionally evoking the feelings of retro Broadway stylings. Grace Kelly is a perfect work of art.

-Lollipop: fun banter, feels like frolicking in a parade.

-My Interpretation: Soft and inviting yet with a surprisingly powerful chorus. The piano lulls you but before you know it you have been carried off into a state of heightened buildup that you only notice when you are returned again to the piano.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Got to Love MIKA!!! April 5, 2007
By imago99
Format:Audio CD
Ok I'm probably not the target audience for this CD...if there even is one. I never really listened to Queen or any of the other people MIKA has been compared to, but I was hooked from the first time I heard Grace Kelly on the radio, and I bought the CD as soon as it came out.

It's probably the happiest saddest CD that I own which makes me love it more. MIKA deals with so many issues in his songs and presents them in such an amazing way. The part of you that may not want to like a song for whatever reason always loses to the part of you that just can't help loving it.

So yeah, MIKA has got a great voice, his songs are catchy and you'll have a blast singing along, the instrumentals are awesome, and to top it off the lyrics are fun yet serious and meaningful. All together it makes an amazing album.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Genius! June 13, 2007
Format:Audio CD
This album is genius. I saw Mika in concert on Monday at the Chicago Metro. It was fun, incredible, and amazing! If you like this album, you have got to see his live performance. But, once you've seen him live, you'll want to see him again and when compared to the live performances, the studio versions of his songs seem flat. Now I can't wait for the live CD version!

P.S. To those of you who claim Mika's ripping off Freddy Mercury et al., get a dictionary, look up the word "homage," and learn to recognize the difference between a rip off artist and an artist honoring the spirit of a predecessor.

I was 18-20 when Queen was at its zenith. Mika's music doesn't merely recall that musical time or remind me of events that took place 20+ years ago, it makes me *feel* like I'm 20 again. How cool is that! The kid is a genius who deserves all the accolades we can give him (particularly since there doesn't seem to be enough payola flowing to the radio stations to get him much playtime)!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
This is my favorite of the Mika CDs. It came in with no scratches and the case was in good condition as well. I was very pleased when I received it quickly as well.
Published 2 months ago by Chelsea sears
5.0 out of 5 stars a lot of fun
a little late hearing about this. I just started listening to Pandora and thay happened to play a few songs so I bought it. Very happy with the music. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Robert Gagnon
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing album
Mika has been compared to Freddie Mercury and there is a reason. He has the voice talent of a Freddie, and his music style is varied and interesting.
Published 10 months ago by Roy Child
5.0 out of 5 stars Great debut album!
This album is filled with great songs and got me hooked on Mika! Now I have all of his albums :3
Published 11 months ago by Elizabeth
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant Mix of 80's/ 90's Style
I went looking for Mika after hearing him in "Were the World Mine". I was surprised (in a good way) to find the music peppy and the lyrics entertaining. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Laura Landau
5.0 out of 5 stars Mika's hit soars
Love the CD & now have it loaded on my iPod & car. The last track is beautiful and makes you "Love Today".
Published 11 months ago by Mikey J
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic.
Mika is fabulous, an exception to the disappointing pop music on the radio. Grace Kelly is one of my all-time favorite songs.
Published 12 months ago by Anne Pauley
4.0 out of 5 stars Good.
I mainly bought this CD for 'Grace Kelly' but there are some other fun, upbeat songs on it as well. Mika is definitely a different listen.
Published 12 months ago by mikoyoukai
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it!
Every cut on this disc is marvelous. Try it and see for yourself. You will be hearing some of these melodies for years.
Published 13 months ago by B. McKinney
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
I enjoy this album is so up beat and fun to listen to. Especially Grace Kelly thats one of my favourites.
Published 15 months ago by Miss O'rourke
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I second that opinion -- this is my favorite new CD in several years. Suprisingly, ALL of the songs on the CD are as good as the first single (Grace Kelly).
Mar 2, 2007 by Karl Sowa |  See all 6 posts
"Happy ending" from Mika...
The whole song is only 4:36.
Mar 16, 2008 by M. Mercer |  See all 3 posts
Sounds like the singer from The Darkness...hes no elton or freddie
If you think Davey Havok is original then that renders this whole statement useless. You should have said that in the beginning so I wouldn't bother reading the entire thing.
May 2, 2007 by Arcadio |  See all 3 posts
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