The Origin of Love is the latest album by Mika and the followup to 2009's The Boy Who Knew Too Much.
While it is still an album full of synth pop goodness that all fans are used to, The Origin of Love shows a more mature side of Mika.
Sure there are quite a few of the catchy pop songs that Mika is known for, most notably the first single "Celebrate" and "Love You When I'm Drunk" though none of them have the energy found on "We Are Golden."
Not that he wants to do that.
After all, there is one song that will make you forget all else on this album and that is "Popular Song" which is a reworking of the song from Wicked. It is a duet with Priscilla Renea. However the better version of this song is featured on Adriana Grande's Yours Truly album.
There's also the super cute "Emily" that is the English version "Elle Me Dit." This song is pure Mika in the vein of his first two albums.
"Underwater" is another single that sounds a bit like Duran Duran, if Simon had the sweeping, lush vocals that Mika possesses.
The themes of most songs remain the same, lost love, like "Stardust" that will have younger fans and their mom's willing to give Mika a big ole hug.
Though this album can't compare with his first two in terms of crazy pop goodness, you can't help but love it. Mika has definitely grown as a songwriter and that is evidenced on tracks like "Lola" and the title track, but he is also an artist that knows what his fans want. So there's no real shortage of great dance tracks that make you want to sing along at the top of your lungs.
The other thing about Mika's music, is that his lyrics speak to the underdogs. Again, take note of "Popular Song" which takes digs at all the bullies out there.
So while this album isn't quite like the first two, it is a pleasing listen and one that is bound to make listeners smile.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars