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  • Summary: The second album for the London-based singer was produced with Greg Wells and features Imogen Heap and Final Fantasy's Owen Pallett as guests.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. It's a Technicolor pop explosion designed for throwing your jazz hands into the air.
  2. On The Boy Who Knew Too Much, this Beirut-born singer comes back strong with another set of over-the-top anthems that proves no one's more entitled to inherit Freddie Mercury's glam-god crown.
  3. This is as bold, daring and vibrant an album as we'll hear this year. [Oct 2009, p.106]
  4. 70
    Nixing the sappy bits that dampened his debut, he rewrites the hooks from your parents' favorite Bon Jovi/Belinda Carlisle hits into earnest proclamations of teenage eccentricity, then waves his jazz hands in naysayers' faces.
  5. At the core of these songs are gleaming melodies that rarely fail to hit the mark, which is why even the single 'We Are Golden' is tolerable despite the best efforts of a gang of horribly exuberant kiddie backing singers.
  6. His serious moments are as hard to comprehend as a Chuckle Brother tackling a eulogy: you know he must feel emotion because he is a human being, but you are constantly expecting the arrival, stage right, of a pantomime cow.
  7. "Cartoon Motion" was a nice moment for Mika, but this second album does not improve or advance what he did before. In fact, he seems to have regressed through his venture into childhood on The Boy Who Knew Too Much.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. May 4, 2013
    Overall this is a good album. It starts well with songs such as 'We are Golden' and 'Blame it on the Girls' catching on quickly. However the album slowly goes down hill with the songs getting, in my opinion, less catchy and a bit boring the further you go down the album. Expand
  2. Oct 9, 2011
    Why there's not more Mikas out there? Great lyrics, mixing comedy and ordinary themes, he could offer a great pop album, that turned out a lot better than his first one! Watch on "Rain", "Relax, Take It Easy" and "Happy Ending". I know he can do a lot better, and it's a very promising third album coming up! Expand

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