Released: 5th February 2007.
He’s being tipped as the biggest thing the world has ever seen in music by more or less everyone, so the big question is, does Mika live up to the hype?
An album of largely totally self-penned tracks (there are a few co-writes here and there), “Life In Cartoon Motion” opens with the simply fantastic “Grace Kelly”, a track that defines Mika and sets the style for the album. Mika is someone who refuses to be pigeonholed and any attempts to box him fail. Yes, there are comparisons with the Scissor Sisters and even the great Freddie Mercury, but none truly define Mika, a singer-songwriter with an incredibly eclectic album.
With second track “Lollipop”, he shows his fun side, but then with “My Interpretation” he’s on to the sort of pop music that Elton John would be proud of. There’s dance on “Relax (Take It Easy)”, there’s the Scissor Sisters style of “Love Today”, there’s the story of “Billy Brown” and the “Fat Bottomed Girls” styled “Big Girl (You Are Beautiful)”. However, in every last one of these songs, Mika has produced absolutely fantastic pop music, perfect for a summer’s day.
The simple fact is this. Mika is every bit as good as the hype that surrounds him and has produced what has to be the greatest pop album of the first half of the year. The only question is will he ever be able to produce a follow up album that is this good?