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Review of Mika December Gig at Christ Church, Spitalfields


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Mika @ Christ Church Spitalfields, London


Caroline Sullivan

Thursday December 7, 2006

The Guardian


Clearly feeling like dancing ... Mika


If Leo Sayer and Scissor Sister Jake Shears were ever to reproduce, the result would be Mika, a Beirut-born Londoner whose falsetto pop-house will be either loved or loathed in 2007. Opening for soft-rock dweebs The Feeling - a less compatible double bill cannot be imagined - he wins over the crowd by remarking that his mother would be surprised to find him in this glorious East End church. So would the parishioners, no doubt, were they here to see him twanging his braces to discomania tunes like Big Girl (You Are Beautiful).


Mika's set recalls an era when pop stars could polarise opinion in the schoolyard by erring on the side of campness. His flamboyance, given substance by an operatically-trained voice and solid musical smarts, is the stuff of 1973.


But will it wash nowadays? Can music this catchy and hedonistic find an audience among today's "Go on, impress me" kids (and their elders)? It could go either way. Mika has the looks, and in first single Relax (Take it Easy), the killer song. As he twirls across Christ Church's altar, he looks like a man awaiting bigger things.

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