Life in Cartoon Motion

Life in Cartoon Motion

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Mika's vivid, aptly named debut album, Life in Cartoon Motion, borrows and builds on the glittery, glamorous, and not-so-secretly sentimental musical territory carved out by Elton John and Freddie Mercury, or more recently, Rufus Wainwright and the Scissor Sisters. Fortunately, his

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Mika's vivid, aptly named debut album, Life in Cartoon Motion, borrows and builds on the glittery, glamorous, and not-so-secretly sentimental musical territory carved out by Elton John and Freddie Mercury, or more recently, Rufus Wainwright and the Scissor Sisters. Fortunately, his name-dropping, shape-shifting pop is usually good, and genuine, enough to come across as eloquent homage rather than blatant thievery or a tired rehash. Mika's singles are his most charming moments, especially the instant sunshine of "Grace Kelly," which crams tap-dancing rhythms, filmic dialogue, Elton's pianos, Freddie's vocal harmonies, and Brian May's guitars into just over three minutes. "Relax (Take It Easy)" is in the same vein of hypnotic, danceable melancholy as the Scissor Sisters' reworking of "Comfortably Numb," albeit less showy, while "Billy Brown"'s brass arrangement, flowing melody, and soft-shoe rhythms give it the feel of an unusually witty show tune about pre-life crises and living in the closet. As Life in Cartoon Motion unfolds, it reveals more of Mika's musical identity, both for better and worse. His classical piano training gives the album an appealing fluidity, especially on "Any Other World," and lilting, Afro-pop-inspired guitars and harmonies pop up here and there, most effectively on "Big Girl (You Are Beautiful)." However, while Life in Cartoon Motion has lots of enthusiasm and creativity, it doesn't have a lot of nuance. On songs like "Lollipop" and "Love Today," Mika straddles the line between adorable and annoying. And as the overly long, overwrought "Erase" shows, he also doesn't have quite the masterful touch with gentler songs that his influences possess. As admirable as Life in Cartoon Motion's eclecticism is, it could use more focus -- something that songs like the jaunty breakup song "Stuck in the Middle" and angry rocker "Ring Ring" suggest Mika is developing. While more restraint could've taken the album from good to great, its Technicolor, everything-at-once, borderline overdone feel makes it a fitting portrait of Mika as a young artist.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/27/2007
Label:
Casablanca
UPC:
0602517205871
catalogNumber:
000835202
Rank:
24564

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mika   Primary Artist
Maxi Anderson   Leader
Matt Chamberlain   Drums
Larry Corbett   Cello
Tim Pierce   Guitar
Lee Thornburg   Horn
Lyle Workman   Guitar
Dan Rothchild   Bass
Jodi Marr   Percussion

Technical Credits

Desmond Child   Composer
Paul Buckmaster   String Arrangements
Joe Chiccarelli   Engineer
Jerry Hey   Brass Arrangment
John Merchant   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Greg Wells   Audio Production
Dan Warner   Composer
Joe Zook   Engineer
Richie Supa   Composer
Fabien Waltman   Programming
Mika Bomb   Composer
Jodi Marr   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Mika   Composer,Audio Production
Carlos Alvarez   Engineer

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Life in Cartoon Motion [Bonus Track] 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
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It's about time his CD came out in the US! In this album, his 5 octave vocal range shines, while his music writing skills are exemplary. This CD is AWESOME!
Guest More than 1 year ago
there isn't a single song on this cd that i don't love!!! the BEST cd i own!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mika sounds like someone from the Beatles. *laugh* (that's good) It's bad for me, though, because I can't find this CD anywhere!!! But Mika's voice is very nice.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The artist is a unique one, with catchy tunes, great lyrics, and themes to the songs that you can't listen to anywhere else. Very worth listening to!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mika’s sound is creative and original. No one sounds like him and he’s a great diversion from all the whining “rock bands” out there in Musicland. Listening to his music you can hear his classical training and awesome vocal control. Every song on his debut CD is different and worthwhile. MIKA is going to be in this for the long haul because once one listens to his addictive sounds they will be singing his tunes in their head all day.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I NEED THIS CD!!!!! Listen to it... It is so good, I might explode into a million pieces... Watch out, BOOOOOM!!! --- no seriously if you don't at least listen to it, you are missing out big time... -Peace
Guest More than 1 year ago
i love everysingle song of this album!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mika's voice always gets me in a good mood! Awesome artist.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've had this album in my collection since March of '07, and I have to say that of the more recent CDs I own, this has got to be my favorite, or at least one of my favorites. Honestly, there are some quirky songs here that are sure to put a smile on any appreciative listener's face, such as "Lollipop," "Big Girl (You Are Beautiful)," and the one song that encouraged me to buy this CD in the first place, "Love Today." I especially feel sorry for the title character of "Billy Brown," even though part of me wants to grab the poor sot by the shoulders and shake some sense into him at the same time. Similarly, the ballads are very poignant and thought- and emotion-provoking, most notably "Any Other World" and the ironically titled "Happy Ending." I also like how Mika took the introductory tune to Cutting Crew's classic "(I Just) Died In Your Arms" and worked it into a happening disco groove called "Relax (Take It Easy)," as it really shows where he received his inspiration from. All in all, nitpicking an excellent album like this would be an insult to such a gifted young man, and I look forward to listening to additional compositions from him in the future.
Guest More than 1 year ago
mika's voice is addictive.you cant listen to just one song.
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