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Mika: 'The Origin of Love' - Album review

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Released on Monday, Oct 8 2012

Mika 'The Origin Of Love' album artwork.
In a recent interview with Digital Spy, Mika admitted that his music is often born out of an accident, adding: "I'm not from a sound or scene." It's the kind of statement that you'd expect to hear from an act who's been PR-ed up to the eyeballs and actually peddling the same generic fodder as everyone else. But as his previous records have shown, the Lebanese-American is in fact bang on the money.

So a quick glance at the production credits for The Origin of Love shows that it's business as unusual, teaming up with an array of new and established songwriters and producers including Empire of the Sun's Nick Littlemore, Benny Benassi and long-time collaborator Greg Wells.

The former does a dazzling job on opener 'Origin of Love' and 'Kids', taming Mika's quirks with elegant electro-pop flourishes. Even Benassi - whose recent work includes Chris Brown and Madonna - doesn't sound quite himself on stadium raver 'Stardust', while the thick 'n' gloopy melody on 'Make You Happy' makes the vocodered chorus feel all the more glorious.

That said, he still can't resist the occasional falsetto shriek, which ranges from mildly irritating on 'Love You When I'm Drunk' to downright bonkers on the hyperactive 'Popular' - a bouncing duet with Priscilla Renea that pilfers bits from the musical Wicked. Nonetheless, the result is an intelligently crafted third album from one of pop's most underrated songwriters; not that it appears to bother him in the slightest.



Tracks to download: 'The Origin of Love', 'Lola', 'Stardust', 'Make You Happy'
If you like this, you'll like: Empire of the Sun, Scissor Sisters

Watch the music video for Mika's 'Celebrate' below:

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