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

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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. [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.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/22/2009
  • Label: Casablanca
  • UPC: 602527152875
  • Catalog Number: 001331210
  • Sales rank: 142,428

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 (3:22)
  13. 13 Lover Boy (3:15)
Disc 2
  1. 1 We Are Golden
  2. 2 We Are Golden
  3. 3 Documentary: Making of Parc des Princes Paris
  4. 4 Grace Kelly
  5. 5 Lollipop
  6. 6 Love Today
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mika Primary Artist
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
Lyle Workman Guitar
Dan Rothchild Bass, Background Vocals
Walter Afanasieff Percussion, Keyboards
Sam Smith Background Vocals
Imogen Heap Drums, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Owen Pallett Violin
Cherisse Osei Drums
Ben Edwards Horn
Technical Credits
Paul Buckmaster Arranger, String Arrangements
John Merchant Composer
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
Iain Watt Management
Rob Davis Composer
Sophie Blackall Illustrations
Joe Kane Director, Producer
Luke Tozour Engineer
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