Mika, 'The Boy Who Knew Too Much' (CasablancaUniversal Republic)

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The Boy Who Knew Too Much
Critical Mass
Label: CasablancaUniversal Republic

by Barry Walters

Self-absorbed and awkwardly exhibitionistic, Mika would be the Brüno of platinum piano pop if he didn't ground his giddiness with old-fashioned chops. This Beirut-born Brit's songwriting craft and vocal dazzle may be flagrantly uncool, but they're also refreshingly unencumbered: 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.

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