Mika
Life in Cartoon Motion
(Island)
Mercury on the single “Grace Kelly” has made strong first impressions for this flamboyant native of Lebanon, now based in Europe. An elastic falsetto and variety of characters could register initially as Teletubbies for adults. Further attention reveals sophistication. The cellos of “Any Other Day” inject substance into a twee ballad, with the aid of a sad tale told by an older woman in broken English. The forlorn bonus track “Over My Shoulder,” with its “cold and drunk” lament, creates the image of a choirboy who took a wrong turn. Bouncy need not always be inane. Mika proves it, and may live to be pretentious later.
Doug Taylor

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