Boy Who Knew Too Much [Deluxe Edition] [CD/DVD]

The Boy Who Knew Too Much [Deluxe Edition] [CD/DVD]

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Making an album even more vibrant than Life in Cartoon Motion would have been difficult for Mika. On The Boy Who Knew Too Much, he doesn't try to top himself; instead, he reins in just enough of his debut's indulgent tendencies to let his gift for great melodies and hooks be the focus. His multifaceted pop sounds a little calmer and

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Making an album even more vibrant than Life in Cartoon Motion would have been difficult for Mika. On The Boy Who Knew Too Much, he doesn't try to top himself; instead, he reins in just enough of his debut's indulgent tendencies to let his gift for great melodies and hooks be the focus. His multifaceted pop sounds a little calmer and a lot more confident here -- rather than cramming songs with moments intended to impress that end up being overwhelming, "Dr. John"'s finger-popping minor fall and major lift and the calypso-tinged "Blue Eyes" actually are impressive because they're so direct. While Life in Cartoon Motion was remarkably engaging, occasionally it felt like Mika was more skilled at pastiche than presenting his own sound. Here, Mika and producer Greg Wells fashion songs that sound truly distinctive; though touches of inspirations and peers like Elton John, the Bee Gees, and the Scissor Sisters still pop up, the musician Mika borrows from most on The Boy Who Knew Too Much is himself. The album's opening trio of tracks nods to his debut's most vivid moments without copying them: "We Are Golden" is every bit as sunshiny as "Love Today"; "Blame It on the Girls" builds on "Grace Kelly"'s sleek style; and "Rain" is a kissing cousin to "Relax"'s pulsing, melancholy disco-pop. Mika tries a few different sounds on for size, most notably on "Toy Boy," a subversively sweet singsong that lies somewhere between Elvis Presley's "Wooden Heart" and the Dresden Dolls' "Coin Operated Boy," and the torchy finale, "Pick Up Off the Floor." While ballads still aren't his forte, slower tracks like the Imogen Heap collaboration "By the Time" offer welcome breathing room from "One Foot Boy" and the album's other almost ridiculously catchy tracks. Anyone who liked Life in Cartoon Motion's bright, brash approach won't be disappointed by The Boy Who Knew Too Much -- it's clear Mika knows exactly what he's doing. [The Deluxe Edition of the album includes the bonus track "Lover Boy" as well as a DVD with the video for "We Are Golden," along with performances of "Grace Kelly," "Lollipop," and "Love Today" from a gig at Paris' Parc de Princes stadium.]

Product Details

Release Date:
09/22/2009
Label:
Casablanca
UPC:
0602527152875
catalogNumber:
001331210

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mika   Primary Artist,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Dave Williamson   Horn
Karen Brunon   Strings
Paul Buckmaster   Strings
Nathalie Carlucci   Strings
Matt Chamberlain   Percussion,Drums
Gary Grant   Horn
Jerry Hey   Horn
Dan Higgins   Horn
Tim Pierce   Guitar
Greg Wells   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Keyboards
Lyle Workman   Guitar
Dan Rothchild   Bass,Background Vocals
Walter Afanasieff   Percussion,Keyboards
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Horn
Sam Smith   Background Vocals
Imogen Heap   Drums,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Fabien Waltman   Keyboards
Andraé Crouch Choir   Background Vocals
Owen Pallett   Violin
Mike Choi   Bass Guitar
David Whitmey   Acoustic Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Zuleika Penniman   Background Vocals
Paloma Penniman   Background Vocals
Martin Waugh   Guitar,Background Vocals
Lorna Bridge   Background Vocals
Ida Falk Winland   Background Vocals
Fortune Penniman   Background Vocals
Cherisse Osei   Drums
Audrey Moukataff   Background Vocals
Andrew Dermanis   Background Vocals
Chris Nicolaides   Background Vocals
Benjamin Howard Smith   Horn
Ben Edwards   Horn

Technical Credits

Paul Buckmaster   Arranger,String Arrangements
Joe Chiccarelli   Engineer
Steve Churchyard   Engineer
John Merchant   Composer
Greg Wells   Programming,Producer
Mike Mooney   Executive Producer
Dan Warner   Composer
Walter Afanasieff   Composer,Programming
Imogen Heap   Composer,Programming,Producer
Jonas Akerlund   Video Director
Julie Jakobek   Video Producer
Jodi Marr   Composer
Mika   Composer,Producer,Illustrations
Iain Watt   Management
Rob Davis   Composer
Sophie Blackall   Illustrations
Joe Kane   Director,Producer
Luke Tozour   Engineer
DaWack   Illustrations
Zuleika Penniman   Illustrations
Sophie Blackall   Illustrations
Richard Hogg   Illustrations
Claire Bushe   Illustrations
Andrew Dermanis   Director
Chris Nicolaides   Engineer

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The Boy Who Knew Too Much 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Austria More than 1 year ago
I discovered Mika recently and fell in love with this CD. The boy who knew too much is the perfect blend of piano and orchestral with pop. Mika second Album doesn't diplease at all. I definetly reccomend this CD.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is so original, fun, exciting, moving, ect. It's really great. I'm not sure if its better than his first CD but I was not disappointed. Its darker than the first CD definitely but I could listen to "We Are Golden" all day. Mika is my go to artist to perk me up. Its great. A bit different but I dare you to listen and not smile or reflect on the words.