meimei88 Posted February 28, 2007 Share Posted February 28, 2007 Manchester Evening News Mika , Buy his LP from Amazon 28/ 2/2007 3/5 27/02/07 CHANCES are, many of you are clicking on another story and harrumphing Ã¢â‚¬Å“Mika, Mika, Mika. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s all weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve heard for the last few months.Ã¢â‚¬Â No one has been more hyped than the sexually ambiguous 23-year-old classically-trained Beirut-born Londoner. His debut single Grace Kelly and its parent album, Life in Cartoon Motion, both topped the charts, while this gig was upgraded to Academy 1 due to baying demand. Entering to Dolly PartonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 9 to 5 (donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t you just hate it when record labels make artists tone down their campness?) and dressed in braces and green trousers so tight, he couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t illuminate his genitals more without the aid of a spotlight; Mika launches into the fantastic disco stomper Relax, Take It Easy, essentially Cutting CrewÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s (I Just) Died in Your Arms Tonight performed by Jake Shears. Pinnacle The depressing thing about voicing any criticism of Mika at the moment is it automatically makes you seem like one of those black-hearted cynics who waits for an artist to reach the pinnacle of the mountain, before spitefully pushing him off, twirling a moustache and cackling Ã¢â‚¬ËœMwoo-ha-haÃ¢â‚¬â„¢. And, when heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s good, heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s stunning, as demonstrated by the showboating Grace Kelly, an excellent Ã¢â‚¬Ëœscrew youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ song aimed squarely at those who tried to mould him into an r'n'b-lite image and Billy Brown (a Divine Comedy style piano-led tale of a husbandÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s illicit homosexual encounters). But when heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s bad, heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s so tediously schmaltzy and derivative, he makes The Feeling look like Anthrax. Freddie Mercury Big Girl (You Are Beautiful) Ã¢â‚¬â€œ a re-hash of QueenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Fat Bottomed Girls Ã¢â‚¬â€œ is a particular lowpoint. Whereas Freddie Mercury sang with a knowing wink, MikaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s effort comes across as cloyingly Ã¢â‚¬ËœempoweringÃ¢â‚¬â„¢, like a cynical ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Raining Men or I Will Survive for the Weight Watchers generation. With his boundless exuberance, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s hard to hate Mika but tracks like Ring Ring (the kind of Ã¢â‚¬Ëœ80s putrescence that Sam Fox wouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t look out of place fronting) make you think Ã¢â‚¬Ëœthat doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t mean we shouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t tryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢. Still, despite some dodgy material seemingly purloined from the 'Perfect Gifts For Mothers DayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ CD rack of Tesco, thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s no denying Mika himself is a fantastic pop star, ricocheting around the stage, and able to pull off a stunning falsetto. After 45 minutes, he returns for an encore of Lollipop, which includes balloons, two backing dancers dressed as pink Little Miss Moffat-style Ã¢â‚¬ËœLollipop GirlsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢, tossing Chupa Chups into the audience; and glittery ticker tape canons. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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