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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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (181 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,095 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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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MIKA Life In Cartoon Motion (2007 UK 12-track enhanced CD album - the debut album from the Beirut born 23-year old virtuoso including the singles Grace Kelly Love Today Big Girl [You Are Beautiful] & Happy Ending plus exclusive CD-Rom material picture sleeve in a hype stickered super jewel box)

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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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Format: Audio CD
If you only buy one album this year, this has got to be the one. Destined to be the next "Queen - Greatest Hits" that everyone has a copy of, this is one album which does not disappoint. Amazingly, this is Mika's debut album, and if the quality and variety of offerings on here are anything to go by, he will be around for a long time yet.

Track Review:

1. Grace Kelly - If you haven't heard this song yet, where have you been? Straight in at number 1 in the charts on downloads alone before the single had even been released on CD, this bouncy number delivers on a number of levels. There is the obvious Scissor-Sisters strain which everyone has been picking up on, and yet, tucked away (and referenced within the song itself) in the background there is not just a hint of Freddie Mercury-style piano punching. A great opener to the album.

2. Lollipop - A simple refrain from the beginning finds its way easily into your head, and before the song has even finished its first play, you are singing along to the chorus asking yourself how you know the lyrics! If "Love's gonna get you down" then you'll really get down to this song!

3. My Interpretation - A soft starting ballad with some wonderful chord changes which keep the song fresh time after time. Mika shows how he doesn't always have to sing in his upper registers to sound great. In sections could even be a Robbie Williams hit.

4. Love Today - "You've got to love, love me".. A techno-pop-funk hit with strains of Scissor Sisters (although I hate comparing him against SS, on times it cannot be helped) which is sure to make this a hit. One of the most likely songs on the album to be released as a single.

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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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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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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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I didnt think i would like Mika how wrong i was!

Grace Kelly is fabulous but the rest of the album so lives up to its Hype.

All the songs are funky and so so catchy. This guy has such a great range highlighted in the beautiful love song Happy Ending, which if released will surely be huge.

Mixed in with such fab tunes as My Interpretation, Big Girl (you are beautiful)and Lollipop which is ridiculous but fantastic.

Get this album... this guy is gonna be huge!
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OK, so if you spend most of your life in your foetid bedroom listening to Radiohead's later recordings you may well want to strangle the guy for the falsetto voice, childish imagination and melodic quality of this album, but isn't music supposed to be fun? Mika may well be a melting point of every previous camp icon, but who cares - I'd really rather not have another turgid guitar band clogging up the airwaves when I can treat my ears to something unapologetically joyful.
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