The Origin Of Love
added: 16 Oct 2012
// release date: 8 Oct 2012 // label: Island Records
reviewer: Nat Walker
Mika’s latest release ‘The Origin of Love’ is a cheer-driven electronic pop love-fest, and the fact that the record was apparently born of Mika’s new found happiness is clear from the moment the first and title track begins, sounding a bit like the finale of a High School Musical sequel.
There’s clubby, thumping euro-pop in the form of the Benny Benassi collaboration ‘Stardust’, while the vocoder-led auto-tuned wonder ‘Make You Happy’ is how you might imagine a classic pop ballad will sound in two hundred years, when it’s sung by robots. Simpler tunes such as ‘Underwater’ and ‘Kids’ prove that Mika doesn’t need to rely on heavy production all the time, and are lyrically subtle and charming.
It won’t all work for everyone. The chorus of ‘Step With Me’ sounds like a children’s TV 'learn-to-count' song, and ‘Popular’, which borrows heavily from an already-saccharine number from the musical Wicked, may prove too twee for even the most hardcore of cheesy-pop fans.
The stand-out track from the album is the lead single ‘Celebrate’, written with Pharrell Williams and produced by Empire Of The Sun’s Nick Littlemore. It’s a bouncy, catchy, disco party anthem which does exactly what it says on the title, getting everyone's heads bopping and arms waving. ‘The Origin of Love’ will go down well with those already a fan of Mika’s work, and there’s enough of a blend of dance, electronic and outright party-pop, that even the ‘haters’ might be forced to adopt the album as a guilty pleasure.
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