It’s not easy to successfully recall both Queen and Elton John at the same time on the first track of a debut album, but somehow Mika’s done it. And that track (and first single), “Grace Kelly”, isn’t a fluke, Mika’s managed to craft an album of 70’s inspired Queen and Elton-like power-pop.
Sounding like a more mainstream Scissor Sisters, Mika manages to weave several styles of music throughout the album, from the disco-y “Love Today” to the rocking “Ring Ring”, or the show tune sounding “Billy Brown”. Mika amalgamates all of these styles and carves out a distinct style of his own.
At a young age, Mika hasn’t yet developed the lyrical prowess of the artists he’s inspired by, but the potential is there, and his voice is such a great instrument, it doesn’t really matter. The only track that weighs the album down is “Erase”, whose clumsy chorus is almost cringe-worthy.
Life in Cartoon Motion has come along at the perfect time of year, just as the weather’s getting nicer, and everyone’s ready for some shiny pop tunes that are fun to sing along to. The album has enough sunnyness and gusto to keep it in the CD player and on the radio throughout the summer and well into the fall.