Mika: The Origin of Love

9 Jan

mika the origin of love

With The Origin of Love, Mika has followed in the well trodden footsteps of many a has-been pop artist; revamping his original style in order to achieve a vast range of very similar, very radio-friendly and, quite frankly, very bland tracks. Say what you like about Life In Cartoon Motion and The Boy Who Knew Too Much, at least they were punchy and filled with personality. Here, Mika seems to have lost his way in his quest to be Popular; one of the more annoying songs on the album, featuring Ariana Grande. There are several such collaborations on the album, including tracks featuring Pharrell and Benny Bennassi, none of which are terrible (most are actually quite catchy) but all of which give an impression of pop déjà-vu. Musically, the album does achieve an easy cohesion, with smooth transitions between songs, and as a whole The Origin of Love would be perfectly suited as a weekend pre-drinks icebreaker, or a relatively relaxed workout.

It may sound as though I am nit-picking, but this safe stylistic conformity is a shame coming from such a unique and vibrant artist. My personal favourites from the album, Emily and Elle Me Dit, stand out because they are reminiscent of the Mika’s debut and true style, a kind of toned-down one-man Queen. Don’t get me wrong, every artist needs to progress, but it seems the progression shown on The Origin of Love lacks direction and purpose. Worth checking out if you are a fan of finer quality pop, but don’t expect it to satisfy seasoned Mika fans.

By Nastassja Sheppard-Larsen

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