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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 (21 Sept. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal / Island
  • ASIN: B002LMSX3Q
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,185 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. We Are Golden
2. Blame It On The Girls
3. Rain
4. Dr. John
5. I See You
6. Blue Eyes
7. Good Gone Girl
8. Touches You
9. By The Time
10. One Foot Boy
11. Toy Boy
12. Pick Up Off The Floor
13. We Are Golden

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BRIT Award-winning pop singer Mika's second album The Boy Who Knew Too Much follows up the enormous success of 2007's debut Life In Cartoon Motion. Produced once again by Greg Wells (Katy Perry, Rufus Wainwright), Mika continues to excel in bringing his own brand of fun and chaos to proceedings. The music on offer is undeniably catchy, although singing along will prove quite a task as the Beirut-born star has a superb vocal talent that is hard to match. Includes the single "We Are Golden".

BBC Review

While it may come as a surprise to those blinkered to the machinations of the music industry, Mika’s ascent to superstardom around the time of his debut album, 2007’s Life in Cartoon Motion, wasn’t exactly smooth.

A spread of negative reviews for the Grace Kelly-spawning long-player did nothing to disrupt its commercial success. But Mika, as a musician who writes his own material, must surely have taken a few less-than-favourable assessments to heart – if not, it would only support the suggestion that his quirk-laden fare can’t mean much to the man himself.

So expectations for this follow-up incorporate hope that Mika has developed his sound following so much exposure, so many new experiences and a much bigger budget to play with. And, certainly, The Boy Who Knew Too Much is bolder of arrangement than its predecessor – sometimes haphazardly, and sporadically disastrously, but never boringly. Mika’s classical background can lead him down cluttered compositional avenues, but when he turns down the contrast between structural elements, the results are hugely enjoyable.

Both I See You and By the Time are pretty arrangements that find Mika’s occasionally questionable vocals complementing elegant piano lines well – the former is particularly striking in its accomplished articulating of melancholy, with no clunky couplet tripping over its sparely employed strings. It must surely be a single. In fact, it could very well be Mika’s finest moment yet.

Closer Pick Up Off the Floor rather undoes the good work of the aforementioned brace by coming over indecently theatrical, but it’s the only other track here that aims for the heart rather than a temporary embrace for a silly, drive-time sing-along. The lyrical drivel of lead single We Are Golden, Blame it on the Girls and Good Gone Girl is, sadly, fuel for the fires burning in the bellies of Mika’s fiercest critics, and salvation via the George Michael-echoing Touches You arrives as too little, too late. Mika needs to find a balance between the polar musical worlds he’s so intent on occupying, between mature sensitivity and worrying puerility.

Because, until then, his indulgences will always overshadow songs that are really quite beautiful. A disaster it’s not, then, but The Boy… is sure to attract no little vitriol from other corners of the music press, opinions swayed by its schizophrenic nature. --Mike Diver

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Peter TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Sept. 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Mika is pure gold. Yes, his music is pop, but it's music to sing, dance and feel good to, which is good enough for me. And I still haven't got tired of the first album, Life in Cartoon Motion after three years.

If you were worried that Mika's first album was too perfect and that the second album was bound to be a let-down, you can stop worrying now. I received the "Deluxe" (double-CD) version this morning, and I've been listening to it on loop ever since. This is a selection of new songs that are easily recognisable as Mika songs, but they're not clones. The trademark falsetto is still there, the songs are instantly likable, and there's a powerful emotional punch in the lyrics that help keep the songs fresh on repeated listening. It's music to pick you up and make you feel good.

The only slight disppointment is that there are just 13 tracks on the first CD - the bonus track is Lover Boy. There is no acoustic version of We Are Golden.

The second CD is a 17-track live recording from a one-off concert at Sadler's Wells, with a mix of songs from Life in Cartoon Motion and The Boy, plus several rarities from singles and EPs. I have no idea if there were ballerinas on stage during that concert, but it would be typical of Mika's showmanship if there were. The arrangements are quite different from those on the album, so this isn't a duplicate of tracks you already have. The Happy Ending duet with Ida Falk Winland brings me out in goosebumps. The pace and the wildness of the interpretations increases towards the end of the set; the energy is irresistable. Lollipop ends the concert, then there are three encores - plus an abandoned version of Any Other World (I would have liked to hear a full version)!

If you are a Mika junkie like me, there's no choice. You just have to buy this. And for the extra couple of quid, the 2 CD version just has to be worth it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wildheart on 2 Oct. 2009
Format: Audio CD
I bought this album on the strength of watching "We Are Golden" on Jonathan Ross a while back.

I first bought "Life In Cartoon Motion," which I now wish I'd done as soon as I'd heard "Grace Kelly," particularly given what I now know about the motivation behind that song.

This is a very promising follow up to a very promising first album.

Plenty of people have one good album in them, but Mika shows real potential of a long career in the business.

I'm 100% sure that his many detractors, who aren't actually listening to what's going in the music and prefer to slag off the man and call that "reviewing" the songs, will one day eat their ill considered words..but that's nothing new, the music press has been laden with such "reviews," every since I can remember reading them.

. What does Mika possess musically, putting all other considerations aside?

. He has a very sophisticated understanding of melody and harmony; demonstrating chord progressions and melodic twists and turns which would leave most writers of Pop and a few Classical Artists flummoxed.

. His vocal part writing is as complex as anything Queen, or anything, which other great pop vocal part writers such as the Beach Boys, ever produced.

. He can write successfully in a wide variety of styles from Gospel, through Vaudeville + Jazz to Soul and even the odd great Pop tune. This is the sort of thing which set a number of Great Artists aside from their contemporaries, Queen and The Beatles among them. But they didn't have the same sort of musical weapons in their armoury. The Scissor Sisters, who I really admire, are attempting to write in that tradition, but they are lacking the ammunition also, going by what I've heard, so far.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Francis Bennett on 11 Sept. 2009
Format: Audio CD
The other two reviews written for this (so far) are I believe either ridicoulously unfair on this new album or jumping to conclusions. Both haven't heard all the tracks so they don't really have a non biased view on the album.

Mika was being interviewed on a music channel and as part of the program, performed all the songs. Songs such as "Rain" stood out to me (as well as obvious "we are Golden"). But it is a slightly different take to his orignial debut album. The songs on this album all have darker meanings (in the interview I watched, he was quoted as saying "it's like ring a ring of roses"). Also, as with "we are golden" the choir-esk childen are shouting in the songs more this time around.

I'm sure it'll be a good album and there are some songs that you'll listen to and know immediately that they'll be released as singles, but don't except the happy feel good vibe that came from songs such as "Big Girl" and "love Today" and even "We Are Golden". For example, "Rain" is all about a girlfriend who dumped him via a letter, and it expresses his anger towards her for doing this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bill HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 28 July 2014
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This is a fusion of Abba, Freddie Mercury, and Aha, and for the most part it works. There are two or three dud tracks, where the pop swerves into jazz territory, and is less successful. However, the album has a plethora of exquisite poptastic melodies, including Blame It On The Girls, Rain and Dr John. Some of the songs, including I See You and By The Time, remind me of Aha, indeed if Morten Harket covered I See You, I think Aha could be back in the big time. Blue Eyes is another delight. There are jolly piano melodies throughout, not exactly Chas and Dave, but bouncy and happy. The second half of the album is 15 songs from a live 2009 performance at Sadlers Wells, which help to make this CD very good value for money.
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