The Origin of Love

~ Release group by MIKA

Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
The Origin of Love Digital Media 22 Casablanca (label that Tommy Mottola founded circa 2003, part of UMG)
The Origin of Love CD 14 Universal Music Canada 0253714091 602537140923
The Origin of Love 2×CD 13 + 10 Casablanca (label that Tommy Mottola founded circa 2003, part of UMG), Island Records Group (Universal Island Records), Universal Records (1996-2005 American pop label - "RECORDS" must be a part of the logo!) 3715149 602537151493
The Origin of Love (French deluxe edition) 2×CD 14 + 8 Casablanca (label that Tommy Mottola founded circa 2003, part of UMG) 371 409 2 602537140923
The Origin of Love (silver sticker, distributed in South East Asia only) CD 14 Casablanca (label that Tommy Mottola founded circa 2003, part of UMG), Island Records Group (Universal Island Records), Universal Records (1996-2005 American pop label - "RECORDS" must be a part of the logo!) 602537150236 602537150236
The Origin of Love CD 14 Casablanca (label that Tommy Mottola founded circa 2003, part of UMG), Universal Records (1996-2005 American pop label - "RECORDS" must be a part of the logo!) 602537150236 602537150236
The Origin of Love (International Deluxe Edition) 2×CD 14 + 9 Casablanca (label that Tommy Mottola founded circa 2003, part of UMG) 602537151516 602537151516
The Origin of Love CD 14 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) 3716233
The Origin of Love 2×CD 14 + 9 Casablanca (label that Tommy Mottola founded circa 2003, part of UMG), Universal Republic Records B0017561-72 0602537151516
The Origin of Love CD 14 Casablanca (label that Tommy Mottola founded circa 2003, part of UMG), Island Records Group (Universal Island Records), Universal Music (plain logo: "Universal Music"), Universal Records (1996-2005 American pop label - "RECORDS" must be a part of the logo!) 60253715023 602537150236
The Origin of Love Digital Media 22 Casablanca (label that Tommy Mottola founded circa 2003, part of UMG) 0602537141128
The Origin of Love (French Version) CD 14 Barclay
The Origin of Love CD 14
The Origin of Love CD 18 Casablanca (label that Tommy Mottola founded circa 2003, part of UMG) 374 941-3 602537494132

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associated singles/EPs: Popular Song by MIKA feat. Ariana Grande
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0002420735 [info]
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Wikidata: Q620670 [info]
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A Brit Award-winning one-man Scissor Sisters, Mika returns in a less-than-autobiographical mood for this third album. And he's brought plenty of collaborators with him: Pharrell Williams shows up on Celebrate, Empire of the Sun's Nick Littlemore writes and produces, and there are credits for Benny Benassi and JLS/Westlife songwriter Wayne Hector.

The Origin of Love starts with a superb title track. It's a ringer for a lost ABBA A side, Mika channelling his inner Freddie Mercury over a lovely groove set atop reflective electro-pop. It's the perfect start, and refreshingly free of the singer's familiar theatrics.

Mika's excitable nature does eventually shine through - leading to moments where the listener might wish he'd laid off the energy drinks a little. His hyperactivity lends The Origin of Love a compilation-like quality - this leaps around as much, stylistically and consistency wise, as a NOW collection.

It's genuinely all over the place. Make You Happy, a bouncing but mildly irritating number, precedes the sublime Underwater. Lola is similarly sweet, whereas Kids recalls the West Coast rock of the 1970s, with soft-focus piano work and a heartfelt vocal.

Love You When I'm Drunk addresses a similar subject to Pet Shop Boys' You Only Tell Me You Love Me When You're Drunk, albeit slightly less effectively, and via Buggles. Overrated is appropriately titled, while missteps like the puerile pop of Step With Me and the gym-friendly Emily do little to justify their inclusions.

But Mika knows when to pull out an ace. The Robbie Williams-recalling confessional Popular Song is charmingly cheesy, while Heroes returns to the elegance of the opening track. The candy shop finally closes with the buffed-pop of Celebrate, an Empire of the Sun-influenced single perfect for an Indian summer.

If Mika had refined this into a 10-track collection, trimming the cuts that don't quite click, we'd have an excellent album on our hands. As it is, The Origin of Love is stretched slightly too long - but he's clearly had a romp making it, and importantly that shows.