Life In Cartoon Motion

Metascore
55

Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 23
  2. Negative: 6 out of 23
  1. 60
    His elegant songcraft often recalls Freddie Mercury.
  2. On the couple of cuts when Mika's campy steez isn't all up in your grill, he's boring.
  3. At times, it's so relentlessly bouncy and upbeat that you feel like mowing down an entire shopping centre with an AK-47. Yet there's enough promise here to confirm that the hype about Mika is pretty much on the money.
  4. It's irreverent, in-your-face, sexually nebulous, and infuriatingly catchy.
  5. There’s some great stuff here – specifically Relax, Take It Easy’s sublime falsetto hook - but elsewhere buoyant pop is sunk by relentless vocal mugging and production which wears its influences much too heavily.
  6. The massive dip in quality towards the end, including the progressive worsening through closing, bonus and hidden tracks, is disappointing, considering how well the album begins.
  7. The clunkers come thick and fast.
  8. Billboard
    60
    "Life in Cartoon Motion" is like Scissor Sisters-lite: Retro disco with heavy doses of rollicking piano and funk. [31 Mar 2007]
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 97 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 51
  2. Negative: 14 out of 51
  1. Dec 19, 2016
    6
    It's a pleasure to hear an artist have real fun. It's a little quirky for the sake of being quirky, but it's well sang and interesting. SomeIt's a pleasure to hear an artist have real fun. It's a little quirky for the sake of being quirky, but it's well sang and interesting. Some of the production is a little tinny and bland, but it's hard to truly hate this album. Full Review »
  2. Oct 26, 2012
    9
    Long ago that I've heard so much happiness in one album. Mika has got such a stunning voice and the sweet bop along rhythm make a reallyLong ago that I've heard so much happiness in one album. Mika has got such a stunning voice and the sweet bop along rhythm make a really enjoyable album. No matter if he sings about a family man turning gay, how beautiful big girls are or .......... it's just nice to listen to. I have to admit, lyrically it's no big deal and the music is pretty simple sometimes but hey: this album just makes me feel good! 9 points out of 10 for that! Full Review »
  3. AyshL.
    Aug 9, 2008
    8
    Amazing.