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Life In Cartoon Motion

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  • Audio CD (Feb. 27 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000NA2776
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,394 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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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.

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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Louis TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 13 2007
Format: Audio CD
Mika, who seemingly burst out of nowhere on the pop scene in recent months, has managed to deliver a record that is the catchiest pop album I have heard in ages. Every song is a keeper, although you must be warned that the songs will likely take permanent residency inside your brain and might never come out of it ! The "Grace Kelly" single is a perfect representative from the album : infectious, catchy, a little kitschy, memorable, amusing, keyboard-driven, energetic and delivered in an unmistakeable vocal style. The good news is, there's plenty more where that came from : "Lollipop" definitely needs to be the next single, while "Love today", "Relax (take it easy)", "Billy Brown", "My interpretation" and "Big girl" are equally impressive. There are a also couple of quieter numbers that prove Mika is not just a fluffy pop entertainer; in fact, the album is wonderfully ecclectic and colourful, and lazy comparisons to the Scissor Sisters will only tell you one side of the story. Anyone with a love for catchy, well-constructed pop songs delivered with originality and personality would be wise to put their money on this instant winner. It's simply too good to be missed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Em on July 15 2007
Format: Audio CD
I bought this cd after a week of listening to Mika's songs on MySpace, as I could not get the songs out of my head. They are catchy, fun, light-hearted and extremely dance-able. Songs like the upbeat "Lollipop", "Stuck in the Middle", "Love Today" and "Big Girls (You are beautiful)" make the CD worth buying- its cheap too! A couple of the songs are a bit out of place on this cd: for instance, a hidden "bonus" track on the end of the last song is pretty strange, almost opratic. But, all in all, I would recommend this CD to all pop, rock and oldies music lovers.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By momo_adachi on March 14 2007
Format: Audio CD
At times, Mika's "Life in Cartoon Motion" can be a little bit too strange, sometimes it can be a little too eclectic and sometimes you will question which era Mika is writing in and for, sometimes it's just a wee bit too precious -- and that's what makes this album so exciting. He's thrown disco, pop, indie rock, pop and pure originality into a frying pan and stir-fried it til crisp and finished. Fantastic production, interesting arrangements and catchy beats will have you dancing in the street. Some of the highlights include the hit single "Grace Kelly" and the Scissor Sisters meets a poor man's Curtis Mayfield dance ditty "Relax, Take it Easy". With Mika, it's clearly never a dull moment. If you put this CD on in the living room, there's a guaranteed party on your hands!
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Format: Audio CD
Although Mika's music can verge on corny, his youthful joyful style is bound to bring a smile to your face. As mentioned elsewhere, there are some resemblances to Queen and Elton John, but Mika stands on his own. Life in Cartoon Motion is pop as it should be; fun and uninhibited. I particularly like his use of the piano in some of the songs. The only weak song on the album is "My Interpretation." Note that some editions of this album have an excellent bonus track titled "Over My Shoulder." If you like Life in Cartoon Motion I strongly suggest you check out Mika's follow-up album The Boy Who Knew Too Much, which offers more of the same (minus a handful of weaker songs.)
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