||Boy Who Knew Too Much CD (2009) |
Alex Miller albums Making an album even more vibrant than LIFE IN CARTOON MOTION would have been difficult for Mika. On THE BOY WHO KNEW TOO MUCH, he doesn't try to top himself; instead, he reins in just enough of his debut's indulgent tendencies to let his gift for great melodies and hooks be the focus. Rather than cramming songs with moments intended to impress that end up being overwhelming, "Dr. John"'s finger-popping minor fall and major lift and the calypso-tinged "Blue Eyes" are impressive because they're so direct. While CARTOON MOTION was engaging, occasionally it felt like Mika was more skilled at pastiche than presenting his own sound. Here, he and producer Greg Wells fashion songs that sound truly distinctive. Though touches of inspirations like Elton John, the Bee Gees, and the Scissor Sisters still pop up, the musician Mika borrows from most on THE BOY WHO KNEW TOO MUCH is himself.
Illustrators: Claire Bushe; DaWack ; Zuleika Penniman; Sophie Blackall; Richard Hogg; Sophie Blackall; Mika.
Personnel: Lyle Workman, Tim Pierce (guitar); Owen Pallett (violin); Paul Buckmaster (strings); Dan Higgins, Gary Grant, Jerry Hey (horns); Imogen Heap (keyboards, drums, programming, background vocals); Walter Afanasieff (keyboards, percussion, programming); Matt Chamberlain (drums, ...
||Laughing Waters CD (1995) |
Alex Miller songs This is the first venture into the children's market for Radhika Miller. With sing-alongs, tongue twisters, stories and a bit of Shakespeare, Laughing Waters is a total delight. Featured performers include Peter Rowan and notable instrumentalists Edgar Meyer, Jerry Douglas and ...