en: Life in Cartoon Motion [info]
Despite the endless comparisons with the likes of Freddie Mercury and the Scissor Sisters due to his falsetto moments (and there are quite a few of them here), what becomes apparent when listening to Life In Cartoon Motion, is that Mika is very much his own person. Yes - the influences are clearly there, but there isn't a hint of an adopted sound or a stolen style anywhere - Mika is Mika, and that's all there is to it.
Born in Beirut and having come to London via Paris, Mika is not only quirky in sound but also in background and style - in person he is kooky but instantly loveable, rather like his tunes.
First single "Grace Kelly" is a great pop song - it's catchy, you can't help singing along and it grates on you after a few days when you can't get it out of your head but you still go back for more - flawless credentials.
"Love Today" is another winner - truly funky disco-pop that has you shoulder-shimmying non-stop, and even though you hate yourself for enjoying it, you simply can't stop yourself having a great time whilst you listen.
At the other end of the spectrum, "Any Other World" is a gently rousing ballad that wouldn't be out of place at the emotional zenith of an Andrew Lloyd-Webber musical - big cellos and lots of female 'aaaahs' supporting Mika's soft, warm tones.
After this, the album heads back up a notch, back to what Mika does best - upbeat, poppy, all-singing, all-dancing, big-band tracks with "Big Girl (You Are Beautiful)" and "Stuck In The Middle", before finishing with the lovely, piano-led "Happy Ending".
There's no doubt about it - Mika has a lovely voice and is a great musician. What's more you feel that this album is exactly the way he intended it to be. He is in no way just another product of music industry bigwigs sitting around trying to come up with a new concept for a singer, but someone who is unique, true to himself and not afraid to show it.