Flamboyant U.K. singer-songwriter Mika was heralded as both a one-man Scissor Sisters and the heir to Freddie Mercury's glam throne. Mika's debut single, "Grace Kelly," shot to the top of the U.K. singles chart upon its release in January 2007, with the song's unselfconscious sense of camp endearing him to the "guilty pleasure" crowd. Mika's debut full-length, LIFE IN CARTOON MOTION, followed suit, topping the U.K. albums chart in February of the same year. A blend of soft rock and melodramatic piano ballads, the album also displayed the influence of Prince and Harry Nilsson, and even some of the eclecticism of Beck.
`Historic', `sensational', `flamboyant' and `without-any-doubt original' are just some of the adjectives being thrown around by critics in praise of 22 year-old UK newcomer, Mika's eclectic debut album, Life In Cartoon Motion.
Fun, smart, musically adventurous and thematically provocative, the songs on Life In Cartoon Motion, all of them written and produced by Mika, combine euphoric rushes of melody with darker unexpected elements. They range from bright daytime melodramas to night-time tales of love, loss, abandonment, hope and happiness. Each is a splendid blend of fresh imagination and deft pop craftsmanship.
Album gems such as "Grace Kelly," "Lollipop," Billy Brown," and "Relax And Take It Easy," display Mika's innovative wordplay. `I've always respected people who make great records to their own vision,' writes the quixotic Mika. Mission accomplished!
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