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No Place In Heaven

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Pop music careers move so quickly that by the time Mika released No Place in Heaven, he was essentially a veteran performer. Between this album and 2012's The Origin of Love, he turned 30 and served as a judge on X Factor Italy and France's The Voice: La Plus Belle Voix, adding to the feel that he was a more adult voice in the pop world. No Place in Heaven confirms this feeling in the best possible way. While most pop music is all about youth and "mature" is often a euphemism for safe and boring, Mika's version of maturity emphasizes what has always been best about his music -- memorable words and melodies served up with a theatrical flair. Where The Origin of Love focused too much on trendy dance-pop, here Mika steps away from the mainstream with songs that explore his roots as a person, a gay man, and an artist in equally heartfelt and clever ways. "Good Guys" even turns one of Oscar Wilde's most famous quotes ("We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars") into a widescreen chorus as Mika pays tribute to other queer heroes including James Dean, Andy Warhol, and Arthur Rimbaud. Meanwhile, Mika's character sketches are even richer now that they're more personal. He confronts his relationships with his parents, asking his father "Do you think that you could learn to love me anyway?" in a way that's pleading but not desperate on "No Place in Heaven," and skewering his mother's wishful thinking on "All She Wants" (the answer: another son). Alongside songs like these and more conventionally confessional songs like "Hurts" and "Ordinary Man" is more escapist fare, proving Mika knows when to lighten the mood. "Talk About You" is so hooky and lyrically developed that it could be a show tune, while "Oh Girl, You're the Devil" is the kind of strutting, falsetto-driven pop Scissor Sisters or even Maroon 5 would love to call their own. A truly mature pop album, No Place in Heaven finds Mika growing into his talent -- which is growing as well.
© Heather Phares /TiVo

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1
Talk About You
00:03:21

Greg Wells, Producer - Mika, Producer, MainArtist - Beatriz Artola, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Van der Kuil, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Johan Carlsson, ComposerLyricist - Enzo Ghinazzi, ComposerLyricist - Sean Magee, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Daniele Pace, ComposerLyricist - Ian MacGregor, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Edwin Hawker, ComposerLyricist - Ivor Raymond, ComposerLyricist - Ross Golan, ComposerLyricist - Max Taylor, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Danio Farina, ComposerLyricist - Michael Holbrook Penniman, Jr., ComposerLyricist - Jessie String, Programmer - Wez Clark, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2015 Republic Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc. (Casablanca)

2
All She Wants
00:03:38

Greg Wells, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Jeanette Olsson, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - David Sneddon, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Karl Brazil, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Terefe, Producer, Additional Producer - Mika, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Beatriz Artola, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - James Bauer-Mein, ComposerLyricist - Dyre Gormsen, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jesse String, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Max Taylor, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Keyte, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kristian Larsen, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2015 Republic Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc. (Casablanca)

3
Last Party
00:03:39

Greg Wells, Producer - Teemu Brunila, ComposerLyricist - Matt Hales, Piano, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Mika, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Ian MacGregor, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jesse String, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Max Taylor, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2015 Republic Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc. (Casablanca)

4
Good Guys
00:03:23

Lucio Fabbri, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Wheatley, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Mika, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Tim Van der Kuil, Producer - Rachel Robson, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Ian MacGregor, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lewis Wright, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Simon Leclerc, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Wheat, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jesse String, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Max Taylor, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Skyler Stonestreet, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Curtis Stansfield, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Francois Pillon, Contracting With - Charles Emile Beaudn, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ian Budge, Cello, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2015 Republic Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc. (Casablanca)

5
Oh Girl You’re The Devil
00:02:51

Greg Wells, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Mika, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Clarence Coffee Jr., Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2015 Republic Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc. (Casablanca)

6
No Place In Heaven
00:03:20

Greg Wells, Producer - Rob Wells, Engineer, Piano, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Mika, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Clarence Coffee Jr., ComposerLyricist

℗ 2015 Republic Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc. (Casablanca)

7
Staring At The Sun
00:03:35

Greg Wells, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Glen Scott, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Wayne Hector, ComposerLyricist - Karl Brazil, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Terefe, Producer - Mika, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Starsmith, Producer, Additional Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Beatriz Artola, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dyre Gormsen, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marco Benassi, ComposerLyricist - Max Taylor, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Keyte, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2015 Republic Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc. (Casablanca)

8
Hurts
00:03:37

Greg Wells, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - David Sneddon, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Mika, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - James Bauer-Mein, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - The Nexus, Producer - Jesse String, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2015 Republic Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc. (Casablanca)

9
Good Wife
00:03:18

Greg Wells, Producer, Mixer, Additional Producer, StudioPersonnel - David Sneddon, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Mika, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Beatriz Artola, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Van der Kuil, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - James Bauer-Mein, Programmer, ComposerLyricist - Gabriele Gigli, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Nexus, Producer - Jesse String, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Max Taylor, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Curtis Stansfield, Piano, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2015 Republic Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc. (Casablanca)

10
Rio
00:04:08

Greg Wells, Producer - Jeanette Olsson, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Nina Woodford, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Mika, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Ian MacGregor, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jarrad Kritzstein, ComposerLyricist - Crucial, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2015 Republic Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc. (Casablanca)

11
Ordinary Man
00:03:46

Greg Wells, Producer, Mixer, Additional Producer, StudioPersonnel - Mika, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Beatriz Artola, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gustave Rudman, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Max Taylor, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Skyler Stonestreet, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2015 Republic Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc. (Casablanca)

12
Promiseland Bonus Track
00:02:59

Greg Wells, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Mika, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Ian MacGregor, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Fabien Waltman, Programmer - Skyler Stonestreet, ComposerLyricist - Cj Baron, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2015 Republic Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc. (Casablanca)

13
Porcelain Bonus Track
00:03:19

Greg Wells, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Jori Sjöroos, ComposerLyricist - Teemu Brunila, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Mika, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Beatriz Artola, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Schwartz, ComposerLyricist - Joe Khadajourian, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2015 Republic Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc. (Casablanca)

14
Good Guys, Night Time Mix Bonus Track
00:03:37

Greg Wells, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Mika, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Emily Lazar, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ian MacGregor, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jesse String, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Max Taylor, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Skyler Stonestreet, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2015 Republic Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc. (Casablanca)

15
L’amour Fait Ce Qu’il Veut Bonus Track
00:03:25

Greg Wells, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lucio Fabbri, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Pharrell Williams, Writer, AssociatedPerformer - Mika, Producer, Writer, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Beatriz Artola, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Van der Kuil, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Doriand, Writer, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Lewis Wright, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Simon Leclerc, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Max Taylor, Bass Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Patrice Pruneau, Studio - Francois Pillon, Contracting With - Charles Emile Beaudn, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2015 Republic Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc. (Casablanca)

Album Description

Pop music careers move so quickly that by the time Mika released No Place in Heaven, he was essentially a veteran performer. Between this album and 2012's The Origin of Love, he turned 30 and served as a judge on X Factor Italy and France's The Voice: La Plus Belle Voix, adding to the feel that he was a more adult voice in the pop world. No Place in Heaven confirms this feeling in the best possible way. While most pop music is all about youth and "mature" is often a euphemism for safe and boring, Mika's version of maturity emphasizes what has always been best about his music -- memorable words and melodies served up with a theatrical flair. Where The Origin of Love focused too much on trendy dance-pop, here Mika steps away from the mainstream with songs that explore his roots as a person, a gay man, and an artist in equally heartfelt and clever ways. "Good Guys" even turns one of Oscar Wilde's most famous quotes ("We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars") into a widescreen chorus as Mika pays tribute to other queer heroes including James Dean, Andy Warhol, and Arthur Rimbaud. Meanwhile, Mika's character sketches are even richer now that they're more personal. He confronts his relationships with his parents, asking his father "Do you think that you could learn to love me anyway?" in a way that's pleading but not desperate on "No Place in Heaven," and skewering his mother's wishful thinking on "All She Wants" (the answer: another son). Alongside songs like these and more conventionally confessional songs like "Hurts" and "Ordinary Man" is more escapist fare, proving Mika knows when to lighten the mood. "Talk About You" is so hooky and lyrically developed that it could be a show tune, while "Oh Girl, You're the Devil" is the kind of strutting, falsetto-driven pop Scissor Sisters or even Maroon 5 would love to call their own. A truly mature pop album, No Place in Heaven finds Mika growing into his talent -- which is growing as well.
© Heather Phares /TiVo

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