The Boy Who Knew Too Much

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/22/2009
  • Label: Casablanca
  • UPC: 602527198668
  • Catalog Number: 001331202
  • Sales rank: 33,148

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 We Are Golden (3:58)
  2. 2 Blame It on the Girls (3:34)
  3. 3 Rain (3:43)
  4. 4 Dr. John (3:44)
  5. 5 I See You (4:16)
  6. 6 Blue Eyes (2:50)
  7. 7 Good Gone Girl (3:01)
  8. 8 Touches You (3:19)
  9. 9 By the Time (3:21)
  10. 10 One Foot Boy (2:58)
  11. 11 Toy Boy (2:58)
  12. 12 Pick Up off the Floor (3:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mika Primary Artist, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Paul Buckmaster 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 Jr. Horn
Imogen Heap Drums, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Fabien Waltman Keyboards
Alex Miller Background Vocals
AndraƩ Crouch Choir Background Vocals
Owen Pallett Violin
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
Alex Miller Background Vocals
Chris Nicolaides Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Paul Buckmaster String Arrangements
Joe Chiccarelli Engineer
Steve Churchyard Engineer
Greg Wells Programming, Producer
Walter Afanasieff Composer, Programming
Imogen Heap Composer, Programming, Producer
Jodi Marr Composer
Mika Composer, Producer, Illustrations
Rob Davis Composer
Sophie Blackall Illustrations
Luke Tozour Engineer
DaWack Illustrations
Zuleika Penniman Illustrations
Sophie Blackall Illustrations
Richard Hogg Illustrations
Claire Bushe Illustrations
Chris Nicolaides Engineer
Mo Hausler Engineer
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  • Posted July 24, 2011

    A perfect Blend

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Love Mika!

    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.

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