13 Songs, 46 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

MIKA exists in the middle of pop music’s spectrum between “mature” and “fun.” His 2007 debut Life in Cartoon Motion delivered “Grace Kelly” and “Lollipop,” two textbook examples of his ability to touch on profound topics while maintaining a high-spirited flair. In the four years since his last release, No Place in Heaven, the singer has compiled notes on his history to introduce the man behind the bubblegum pop: Michael Holbrook Penniman Jr.

My Name Is Michael Holbrook opens with “Tiny Love,” a celebration of the small, underappreciated moments in relationships. Throughout his career, MIKA has gained a reputation for his likeness to the late Freddie Mercury—not only in the realm of their vibrant personalities, but also for their wide vocal range, which he showcases on “Tomorrow” while singing, “Oh, who gives a s**t about tomorrow/When you know how lucky we are.”

Despite his penchant for delivering ceremonious anthems, the singer gives somber moments the quiet they deserve, such as on “Paloma,” a hushed recounting of his sister’s brush with death after she fell from an apartment building in 2010. Rather than succumbing to the grave moments in his life, he pushes on with “I Went to Hell Last Night,” a ballad that spotlights MIKA’s emotional perseverance as he croons, “When you’re dark and you’re sad, and your future’s just as bad/There’s a little bit of God in everything.”

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Apple Digital Master

EDITORS’ NOTES

MIKA exists in the middle of pop music’s spectrum between “mature” and “fun.” His 2007 debut Life in Cartoon Motion delivered “Grace Kelly” and “Lollipop,” two textbook examples of his ability to touch on profound topics while maintaining a high-spirited flair. In the four years since his last release, No Place in Heaven, the singer has compiled notes on his history to introduce the man behind the bubblegum pop: Michael Holbrook Penniman Jr.

My Name Is Michael Holbrook opens with “Tiny Love,” a celebration of the small, underappreciated moments in relationships. Throughout his career, MIKA has gained a reputation for his likeness to the late Freddie Mercury—not only in the realm of their vibrant personalities, but also for their wide vocal range, which he showcases on “Tomorrow” while singing, “Oh, who gives a s**t about tomorrow/When you know how lucky we are.”

Despite his penchant for delivering ceremonious anthems, the singer gives somber moments the quiet they deserve, such as on “Paloma,” a hushed recounting of his sister’s brush with death after she fell from an apartment building in 2010. Rather than succumbing to the grave moments in his life, he pushes on with “I Went to Hell Last Night,” a ballad that spotlights MIKA’s emotional perseverance as he croons, “When you’re dark and you’re sad, and your future’s just as bad/There’s a little bit of God in everything.”

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

dcdeb50 ,

Long Overdue, but Worth the Wait!

Have been eagerly awaiting the release of this album, and it does NOT disappoint. Mika's sound has evolved, as others have said, and yet is still undeniably MIKA -- full of colorful melodies that range from joyfully soaring to quietly delicate. His lyrics are like his music: multi-layered, with deep subtexts that belie their often seeming sugary-sweetness. Can I choose a favorite from among this baker's dozen of gems? No. They are all too, too good. Tiny Love displays a Bohemian Rhapsody range of emotions and tempos, punctuated by a bit of Sgt. Pepper, while its reprise, with vocals by his mother and sister, is both hopeful and heartbreaking. Mika's tender and beautiful voice is showcased in the moving Paloma and the moody Blue. Sanremo conjures images of a sultry summer night at the seaside, while Platform Ballerinas is just plain funky fun. Then of course there's radio-ready standouts Ice Cream, Dear Jealousy and Tomorrow -- irrepressible earworms, and I mean that in the best possible way. The whole album seems intensely personal and evokes such a range of emotions as you listen -- and as you FEEL it. And isn't that what good music supposed to do? Make you feel? I highly recommend this album, whether you're a longtime Mika fan (and there aren't enough of those) or someone who is looking for something fresh and fun and absolutely fabulous.

Howshouldiknowwhoiam ,

Amazing

I am so pleasantly surprised at how good Mika’s new sound is. It really shows his growth and is just as good as every other era he has had.

moscowsunshine ,

Great, interesting, evolved.

4 tracks that are out are amazing ( can’t stop listening ), so excited for the rest. Saw him live in nyc, best shows ever...

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