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Life in Cartoon Motion

Mika Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 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 (5 Feb 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B000M2E2QY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,534 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

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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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MIKA Life In Cartoon Motion (2007 UK 12-track enhanced CD album - The stunning debut album from the Beirut born 23-year old virtuoso whose tunes combine a heady euphoric rush with darker unexpected elements: daytime melodramas and night-time tales of love loss abandonment hope and happiness including the deliriously catchy singles Grace Kelly Love Today Big Girl [You Are Beautiful] & Happy Ending plus exclusive CD-Rom material)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not one duff track on the whole CD 7 Feb 2007
Format:Audio CD
How rare is that! Every track is individual, in both lyrics and style and the instrumental arrangements are brilliant. Mika's voice is very gymnastic, very Freddie Mercury. I first heard Grace Kelly on Radio 2 (me being 40 and all....) and had to get my teenage son to download it, since then all of my kids have put in on their MP3s, Mika rules across the age range. The album is no different - refreshingly original, nothing else like it out there folks. Looks like Mika is here to stay.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I love it!! 21 April 2007
By Sue
Format:Audio CD
I agree that this is a fantastic album. It's true that there's more than a hint of Scissor Sisters, Freddie Mercury/Queen and Robbie in the various songs but this is part of the appeal for me. Every song has a catchy beat and I find myself singing along in the car every day on the way to work.

I've also noticed that the opening bars of Relax, Take It Easy seem to be very reminiscent of the tune to Cutting Crew's "I Just Died in Your Arms Tonight". Go on - sing along and see what I mean!!

That said, I love his style and think he could have a good future ahead of him. Buy it now!!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is what I've been waiting for! 6 Feb 2007
Format:Audio CD
My album arrived in yesterday's post and I haven't been so excited about an album since Rufus Wainwright's "Want Two"! I am a complete Rufus disciple, and Mika comes from a similar stable I think, although Mika has an infectious childishness and glee that the more mature Rufus doesn't have. Their irreverance is very similar, and the fact that they make music that doesn't need to fit into any genre.

Every track on this album is 'single' material, yet each one is different from the last. Within a few plays I was singing along with every track! "Relax, take it easy" has a pinch of "I just died in your arms tonight" by The Cutting Crew, but don't let you put that off!

Mika is a genius in the making (Rufus is one already!!!)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Much more than just Grace...... 5 Feb 2007
By Me
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
At first i disliked Grace Kelly but slowly, ever so slowly, it sank into my brain and i found it growing on me. hey there was so much fun and invention in that song. Was Mika going to be a one hit wonder? what would happen when he had to fill an album with material? The CD came out today in the UK. Sadly on one of the worst days of my life and a day when I had no intrest in music. Instead of rushing out to get it I didn't. I waited until I popped to the local supermarket and bought it there. I am so glad I did as it took me to another happier place. It's a lovely cd. what more can i say. thanks Mika.

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How to put it in words.....? 15 Mar 2007
By Lulu
Format:Audio CD
This is a total cliche, and its been said many times before, but this album changed my life. Corny, I know, but its true. I was a very depressed, down in the dumps individual who listened to mostly downbeat, pro-death, heavy metal music. I then heard the single, "Grace Kelly" on the radio in the car. I couldn't get it out of my head and looking back, it seems to be a good thing that the song totured me for hours as I searched the web to find out who wrote it. Once I tracked down Mika, I immediately downloaded the track. After many plays on my iPod, I bought the album, "Life in Cartoon Motion". Mika's humorous approach to homosexuality in "Billy Brown" and happy-go-lucky verses in "Love Today" really brought me into the light to see the beauty of life and individuality. I don't think that Mika uses other's music to make carbon-copies of the same-old, same-old; I think that he brings us back to a time when it wasn't a necessity to starve yourself for beauty as he says in "Big Girl (You Are Beautiful)" and when it was okay to be happy all the time. He brings us to a time when sexuality wasn't the only thing that sold an album. Times have changed, yes, but Mika brings us back to our innocence with his debut album. Good for you Mika, much appreciated. I can't wait for a second helping of happiness.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A mega star is born 6 Feb 2007
Format:Audio CD
This Cd was brilliant ,I played the whole album and there wasn't one bad song on it,they were all brilliant.This guy had a lovely voice and he writes his own songs,A genius.He's been compared to Scissor Sisters,whom i'm a big fan off,ive got all there cd's .I think Mika is better than them.Im looking forwards to what this guy will produces next:-)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing !! 15 April 2007
By aligirl
Format:Audio CD
I am so glad I bought this album - I've listened to it practically non stop ever since. The feel good 'Grace Kelly' and 'Love Today' single tracks are fab for warm summer days. 'My Interpretation' and 'Any Other World' are beautifully written and expertly delivered and 'Big Girl' and 'Billy Brown' - well I just love them! I could go on for hours but I'm off to listen to it again instead - do not miss this album buy it now - you won't be sorry - I think this man is a genius with one of the most fantastic voices and ranges I've heard - play it loud!!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Líam
Format:Audio CD
Funky dance pop. That's the best way I can think of describing this modern masterpiece of musical perfection. A blend of a true spectrum of genia from the strong Freddie Mercury-esque vocals to the having-fun style adopted by style companions 'Scissor Sisters,' Mika has managed to cross boundaries. By no means is Mika a style stealer though - while drawing from a wide influence, Mika has carved a space of his own. The effect? Quality tracks that will be happily replaying in your head to the point of craving another listen. Not in recent times has such an artist been discovered, and in a music industry dominated by s**t emo wannabes and people claiming to have the X-Factor - by which we mean their soon to be celeb list ranking - Mika's sound is a very welcome one: cheery, fun, carefree happy times! Mika, Bienvenue!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
For all MIKA's fans, this is a must have. Great edition, very good artwork as usual in all Mika works. Recommended!
Published 1 month ago by Sergio Horta
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing album
Every song sounds completely different from the last. Mika's voice is unique and amazing to listen to, i would recommend it to anyone. There are many good singles on the album
Published 1 month ago by Harriet
5.0 out of 5 stars buy it
There isn't one song I skip over on this album. I love it from beginning to end. Was delivered on time and well packaged.
Published 2 months ago by Geniejenkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Mika - Life in Cartoon Motion
Bought as a present for a friend. I don't know anything about this artist or CD but my friend is very pleased with it.
Published 2 months ago by A happy house wife
4.0 out of 5 stars very good
really good songs and very good use of choirs on these tracks along with brilliant mix of orchestral and other music
Published 2 months ago by Vic Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant cd just love it
Bought as a replacement as i love it that much i needed a copy for the car just a brilliant artist. Fantastic service as ever would highly recommend this service, cd had no... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Helen Beck
4.0 out of 5 stars Mika
I love this CD as there are songs for everyone on there. There is a variety that you don't get on other albums. Would put this on in the car or as background music to a party.
Published 3 months ago by Jennifer
3.0 out of 5 stars Life in Cartoon Motion
Mika was new and his songs were intriguing. Shame he appears to have vanished. This CD is a good one though.
Published 3 months ago by Mr. T. W. Jackson
2.0 out of 5 stars Inoffensive
In an intemperate 2007 review of this inoffensive mainstream pop record for The Guardian newspaper the music journalist Alexis Petridis melodramatically described the process of... Read more
Published 7 months ago by S. Bailey
4.0 out of 5 stars What a guy. Hey big girl!
Watched his vid Big Girl on UTube. Terrific and what a piece to zoom up a party!

This guy is something else and makes you want to laugh and dance.
Published 7 months ago by R Anderson
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