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My Name Is Michael Holbrook

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Mika finally takes off his mask: after a long American journey to draw on his roots, he has now rediscovered Michael Holbrook (the real name of the singer behind hits Relax, Take It Easy and Grace Kelly). Admittedly, Mika has stayed true to the extravagant and colourful musical flourishes which characterised him in the 2000s, but the inherent introspection on this fifth album inevitably elicits some intense emotions which are not always pleasant to deal with. Consequently, he does not hesitate to broach his most negative feelings, like jealousy on Dear Jealousy, over a 90s-style production reminiscent of Savage Garden’s biggest moments. On San Remo, despite the summer lounge-style ambiance, Mika evokes the troubled view of his timid adolescence, regarding his sexuality. As for the song Tiny Love, a track whose style is similar to Freddie Mercury’s, he discusses the feelings of love for both the big and small things in life.



My Name is Michael Holbrook is also a vibrant tribute to women: those in is family, first of all on the track Blue; then in a tragically corollary way, the ballad Paloma is dedicated to Mika’s sister, who died in 2010. And finally, Platform Ballerinas encourages women to live however they want: “Dancing like she loves it with her best dress on/Spinning, jumping, messing up her hair, but it doesn’t matter.” Despite everything, the album does carry a fair amount of hope, as seen in I Went to Hell Last Night, a song which confirms that God is always around us, even in our darkest moments. © Nicolas Magenham/Qobuz

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1
Tiny Love 00:04:04

Joel Davies, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - David Sneddon, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Mika, Vocals, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Beatriz Artola, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dan Priddy, Producer, Engineer, Keyboards, Programming, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Mark Crew, Producer, Engineer, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Vanderkuil, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Max Taylor, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Mitchell Yoshida, Keyboards, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - John Blease, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Dan Grech, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Peter Randall, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Charles Haydon Hicks, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Sam Makar, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2019 Republic Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
Ice Cream 00:02:46

Joel Davies, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Mika, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Dan Priddy, Producer, Keyboards, Programming, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Crew, Producer, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Vanderkuil, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Daniel Black, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Mitchell Yoshida, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - John Blease, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Dan Grech, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Peter Randall, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Charles Haydon Hicks, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2019 Republic Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Dear Jealousy 00:03:47

Mika, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Beatriz Artola, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Van der Kuil, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Dan Priddy, Producer, Engineer, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Mark Crew, Producer, Engineer, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Maury, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Brendan Reilly, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Max Taylor, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Mitchell Yoshida, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - George Moore, Producer, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Amy Wadge, ComposerLyricist - John Blease, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Pete Randall, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Curtis Stansfield, Vocal Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Bill Banwell, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Harry Burr, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Sam Makar, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Laura Howe, Vocal Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2019 Republic Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
Paloma 00:03:42

Steve Morris, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - David Sneddon, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Mika, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Beatriz Artola, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Van der Kuil, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Joe LaPorta, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Patrick Kiernan, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Bruce White, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Nick Barr, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Bryony James, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Eleanor Mathieson, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Rosie Danvers, String Arranger, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Sally Jackson, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Dan Priddy, Producer, Engineer, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Mark Crew, Producer, Engineer, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Maury, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Nick Taylor, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Helen Hathorn, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Natalia Bonner, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Mitchell Yoshida, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Deborah Widdup, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Anna Croad, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - John Blease, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Jack Duxbury, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Pete Randall, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Curtis Stansfield, Vocal Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Harry Burr, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Sam Makar, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Laura Howe, Vocal Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2019 Republic Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
Sanremo 00:03:24

Joel Davies, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - David Sneddon, Additional Keyboards, Vocals, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Mika, Additional Keyboards, Vocals, Programming, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Beatriz Artola, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Van der Kuil, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Dan Priddy, Producer, Engineer, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Mark Crew, Producer, Engineer, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Ian Mercel, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mitchell Yoshida, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - John Blease, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Dan Grech, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Pete Randall, Electric Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Charles Haydon Hicks, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Sam Makar, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2019 Republic Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Tomorrow 00:03:49

Joel Davies, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Mika, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Beatriz Artola, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Van der Kuil, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Joe LaPorta, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dan Priddy, Producer, Engineer, Keyboards, Bass, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Mark Crew, Producer, Engineer, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Max Taylor, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Dixon, Keyboards, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Mitchell Yoshida, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer - John Blease, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Dan Grech, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Pete Randall, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Charles Haydon Hicks, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Sam Makar, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Cortez, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2019 Republic Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
Ready To Call This Love 00:03:49

Mika, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Beatriz Artola, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Van der Kuil, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Joe LaPorta, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dan Priddy, Producer, Engineer, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Mark Crew, Producer, Engineer, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Jack Savoretti, MainArtist - Andrew Maury, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Max Taylor, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Mitchell Yoshida, Hammond Organ, Mellotron, AssociatedPerformer - Lorna Blackwood, Vocal Producer, AssociatedPerformer - John Blease, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Louis Lion, Vocal Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bill Banwell, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Harry Burr, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Sam Makar, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2019 Republic Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Cry 00:03:17

Mika, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Beatriz Artola, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Van der Kuil, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Joe LaPorta, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dan Priddy, Producer, Engineer, Keyboards, Bass, Programming, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Mark Crew, Producer, Engineer, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Andrew Maury, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Mitchell Yoshida, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - John Blease, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Bill Banwell, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Harry Burr, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Sam Makar, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2019 Republic Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
Platform Ballerinas 00:02:47

Mika, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Beatriz Artola, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Van der Kuil, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Joe LaPorta, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dan Priddy, Producer, Engineer, Keyboards, Programming, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Mark Crew, Producer, Engineer, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Maury, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Max Taylor, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Mitchell Yoshida, Keyboards, Organ, Moog Bass, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Amy Wadge, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Blease, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Pete Randall, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Bill Banwell, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Harry Burr, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Sam Makar, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2019 Republic Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
I Went to Hell Last Night 00:03:48

Jonathan Quarmby, Producer, Vocal Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - David Sneddon, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Mika, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Beatriz Artola, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Van der Kuil, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Joe LaPorta, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dan Priddy, Producer, Engineer, Keyboards, Programming, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Mark Crew, Producer, Engineer, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Maury, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Mitchell Yoshida, Hammond Organ, Piano, Mellotron, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - John Blease, Drums, Percussion, Timpani, AssociatedPerformer - Pete Randall, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Harry Burr, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Sam Makar, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2019 Republic Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
Blue 00:03:09

Mika, Producer, Vocals, Programming, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Joe LaPorta, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ian Mercel, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Maury, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Amy Wadge, ComposerLyricist - Harry Burr, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2019 Republic Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

12
Stay High 00:03:30

Mika, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Beatriz Artola, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Van der Kuil, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Joe LaPorta, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dan Priddy, Producer, Engineer, Keyboards, Programming, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Mark Crew, Producer, Engineer, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Andrew Maury, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Mitchell Yoshida, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Mellotron, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - John Blease, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Pete Randall, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Harry Burr, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Sam Makar, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2019 Republic Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

13
Tiny Love Reprise 00:04:25

Jodi Marr, ComposerLyricist - Joel Davies, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - David Sneddon, ComposerLyricist - Mika, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Beatriz Artola, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Fallone, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dan Priddy, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mark Crew, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paulo Ramos, Choir - Max Taylor, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Mitchell Yoshida, Producer, Keyboards, Piano, Vocal Arranger, Moog Bass, Metallophone, AssociatedPerformer - Dan Grech, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Rachel Staunton, Choir Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Linesch, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Curtis Stansfield, Choir Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Charles Haydon Hicks, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Sonny Cash, Choir - Laura Howe, Choir Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Kendrick, Choir - Mary Joan Penniman, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Paloma Penniman, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Beth Tyson, Choir - Catheline Maurin, Choir - Hannah Pigott, Choir - Honor Griffiths, Choir - India Watts, Choir - Jenny Dariya, Choir - Oliver Kotia, Choir - Tiago Mendonca, Choir

℗ 2019 Republic Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

Album Description

Mika finally takes off his mask: after a long American journey to draw on his roots, he has now rediscovered Michael Holbrook (the real name of the singer behind hits Relax, Take It Easy and Grace Kelly). Admittedly, Mika has stayed true to the extravagant and colourful musical flourishes which characterised him in the 2000s, but the inherent introspection on this fifth album inevitably elicits some intense emotions which are not always pleasant to deal with. Consequently, he does not hesitate to broach his most negative feelings, like jealousy on Dear Jealousy, over a 90s-style production reminiscent of Savage Garden’s biggest moments. On San Remo, despite the summer lounge-style ambiance, Mika evokes the troubled view of his timid adolescence, regarding his sexuality. As for the song Tiny Love, a track whose style is similar to Freddie Mercury’s, he discusses the feelings of love for both the big and small things in life.



My Name is Michael Holbrook is also a vibrant tribute to women: those in is family, first of all on the track Blue; then in a tragically corollary way, the ballad Paloma is dedicated to Mika’s sister, who died in 2010. And finally, Platform Ballerinas encourages women to live however they want: “Dancing like she loves it with her best dress on/Spinning, jumping, messing up her hair, but it doesn’t matter.” Despite everything, the album does carry a fair amount of hope, as seen in I Went to Hell Last Night, a song which confirms that God is always around us, even in our darkest moments. © Nicolas Magenham/Qobuz

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