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DAILY PRESS

15 April 2007

 

MIKA "Life In Cartoon Motion" (Casablanca)

 

"Grace Kelly," the first single on the debut album from Mika - born Mica Penniman to Lebanese and American parents in Beirut - starts off with a sample of the former Princess of Monaco opining that "getting angry doesn't solve anything." Au contraire. "Grace Kelly" is a ticked-off flipping-of-the-bird to a record company foolish enough to not sign the poperatic, piano-playing big-star-to-be when they had the chance. Their bad. The song, which is a thoroughly fabulous account of one 23-year-old Londoner's efforts to make it to the top, no matter what it takes, has already topped the UK charts, and the 23-year-old Londoner seems poised to do the same Stateside. He's certain to win the hearts and minds of devotees of gleeful high camp, from Queen to Elton John to the Pet Shop Boys. At this early stage, Mika is at times guilty of brandishing his influences too openly - though "Big Girl (You Are Beautiful)" is a fairly hilarious update of "Fat Bottomed Girls." You can forgive that copycatism because his talents are so abundant.

 

- Dan DeLuca

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At this early stage, Mika is at times guilty of brandishing his influences too openly - though "Big Girl (You Are Beautiful)" is a fairly hilarious update of "Fat Bottomed Girls." You can forgive that copycatism because his talents are so abundant.

 

- Dan DeLuca

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CW.

 

They are saying that because they don't know the story behind Big Girl... I hate when people just assume it's based on Fat Bottomed Girl...

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