Life in Cartoon Motion
But they would have got away for it if it wasn't for that pesky kid
Mika: Life in Cartoon Motion
A large house with gold pillars and bricks as yellow as sand is in the
distance; inside the house, a troubled pop artist formally known as
Mika is discussing with his manager on ways to sell his music and make
him a huge pop star:
Manager: We need a way to sell your music and make it huge as I see
potential! Take Freddie Mercury for example, people crave his music
and it is still missed greatly around the globe, like "Mcfly"
have done a cover of "Don't Stop Me Now" for charity and it's
huge. Maybe we could change you from being a camp Lebanese pop artist
with an unusually high voice into the next! "Freddie Mercury"!
Mika: Well I'm not too sure, I just play the music I play I'm not trying
to be the next "Freddie Mercury".
Manager: We're talking big money here; I can just see it on the front
of NME - "Mika blazes through the charts with his catchy new melody
similar to the days of Freddie Mercury" or "Has Freddie Mercury
really come back from the dead?" in The Sun, so
Mika: Well I'm not too sure
Manager: You don't need to be sure, I've got it all planned out. Maybe
we could even add some George Michael in there to make you even more
radio-friendly. Take it from the expert! You in or are you out? Remember,
we're a team? (Holds out his hand)
Mika: Okay I suppose if it makes us rich - and me famous (shakes hand)
(Please note this didn't really happen, not that we know of anyway -
To sum up the album: an embarrassing cash-in gimmick on the legend
Freddie Mercury, with predictable hooks and clichéd flicks and
weak, repetitive choruses and flimsy lyrics about colours.
Forget Cassettes: Salt
The Rakes turned grungy, with a delicate harmonic string sound whisking
lightly in the verses of the songs. Overall it sounds good, especially
the powerful song "Salt and Syncope" which is a bit like "Tool"
but a little more loose and unhinged; the songs seem to be experimental
to the point of pretension but still it works and makes an interesting
fusion of musical talent.
Soular: Waiting for tomorrow
The song first song, "American Dream", begins with a droned
Matt Bellamy then launching into an action packed adventure into music
using different layers of melodies with the vocals talking about the
false American dream.
As the album progresses "Soular" begin to sound like a weird
mix of Oasis, Manic Street Preachers and Radiohead.
An influential new band that deserve to have a higher reputation!
Reviews by Joey EYEbank.