Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic 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. Mika has slapped together a pop-music patchwork capable of appealing to anyone who’s ever liked a song on the radio.
  3. 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.
  4. Anyone who liked "Life in Cartoon Motion's" bright, brash approach won't be disappointed by The Boy Who Knew Too Much--it's clear Mika knows exactly what he's doing.
  5. This is as bold, daring and vibrant an album as we'll hear this year. [Oct 2009, p.106]
  6. If you prefer your pop preternaturally gleeful, Mika is your man. The Boy Who Knew Too Much, his second kaleidoscopic pile-up, is chock-full of bright, brash anthems.
  7. Halfway into The Boy Who Knew Too Much, Mika is batting six for six into his technicolor outfield. By track 13, the last track, I want to congratulate Mika on exceeding the pop-tastic qualities of his debut.
  8. On The Boy Who Knew Too Much, British piano-popper Mika tackles the popular songwriters' gristle of teen angst but filters it through a cracked technicolor symphony of show-tune harmonies, careening falsettos and deliciously manic productions.
  9. Deeper and darker takes longer to charm, which is bad for singles, but should see the album's shelf life extend to long after Mika's novelty has worn off.
  10. 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.
  11. Mika's faith in the campy excess of Freddie Mercury/Elton John-style pomp pop is bracing. But over the course of an album, the shtick's charm erodes.
  12. 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.
  13. Like its predecessor, The Boy Who Knew Too Much is an eclectic work, lurching between exuberant pop, vaudevillian knees-ups, disco and sombre ballads. Mika would probably describe the album as 'kaleidoscopic', but it can come across as scattershot and unfocused.
  14. 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.
  15. By the time the pop-induced sugar rush wears off you realize that, besides being done before, these songs have definitely been done better. Worse yet, all you've got to show for it is a headache.
  16. 40
    But none of it recaptures the sheer commercial inevitability of his debut. [Nov 2009, p. 96]
  17. 40
    But none of it recaptures the sheer commercial inevitability of his debut. [Nov 2009, p. 96]
  18. Too much of Boy is the bad kind of theatrical, less an album than an aural assault.
  19. "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.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 46 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. May 4, 2013
    7
    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 theOverall 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. Full Review »
  2. Oct 9, 2011
    6
    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 lotWhy 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! Full Review »
  3. Leon
    Oct 4, 2009
    10
    Perfect, brilliant, masterpiece !