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Que ta tête fleurisse toujours

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Given that his parents are of American and Lebanese heritage and he's spent significant parts of his life in England and Italy, Mika could be seen as a citizen of the world. However, it's not surprising that France holds a special place in his heart. It's where he spent his earliest years, where he began writing songs and learned to play the piano, and where his albums consistently place in the Top Ten of the charts. That France has been so important to his life and career makes it somewhat remarkable that Mika waited until his sixth album to release a record of songs sung entirely in French, but Que ta tête fleurisse toujours is a loving tribute to his roots in more ways than one. He named the album for a phrase his mother often said to him while growing up ("may your head always bloom"). Though she passed in 2021, the music she inspired is more uplifting than mournful, with the tenderness of "30 Secondes" and "Passager" coming through clearly even to listeners who don't speak a word of French. He complements these pensive moments with pulsing ones like "C'est la Vie" and "Touche Touche," where the pounding pianos and synths, disco rhythms, and falsetto vocals are unmistakably Mika. He rounds out the album with some skillful homages to classic French pop, such the string-laden daydream of "Moi, Andy et Paris" and the stylishly bittersweet "Jane Birkin," a much more restrained celebrity homage than his breakthrough single "Grace Kelly." By Mika's usual standards, Que ta tête fleurisse toujours may be understated, but its delicate ballads and feather-light pop make it a patisserie-worthy confection.

© Heather Phares /TiVo

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1
Bougez
00:03:17

Renaud Rebillaud, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Programmer, Recording Engineer, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Eric CHEVET, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mika, Composer, Author, Piano, Vocals, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Masterdisk, Studio - Doriand, Author - Valerie Lemercier, Author - Jeremie Tuil, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Gohan Music, Studio - Marso, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Additional Producer, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer - The Pig, Studio - Alex Stacey, Additional Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Moty, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2023 Mika

2
Jane Birkin
00:03:16

Renaud Rebillaud, Composer, Author, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Programmer, Recording Engineer, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Eric CHEVET, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mika, Composer, Author, Vocals, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Masterdisk, Studio - Valerie Lemercier, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremie Tuil, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Gohan Music, Studio - Marso, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Additional Producer, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Carla De Coignac, Author

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3
Sweetie banana
00:02:56

Renaud Rebillaud, Composer, Author, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Programmer, Recording Engineer, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Eric CHEVET, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mika, Composer, Author, Vocals, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Masterdisk, Studio - Doriand, Composer, Author - Jeremie Tuil, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Valentin Couineau, Bass Guitar, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Adam Howard, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Dyani, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Gohan Music, Studio - Bez Roberts, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Stacey, Additional Keyboards, Vocal Producer, AssociatedPerformer

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4
Apocalypse Calypso
00:03:16

Renaud Rebillaud, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Additional Producer, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer Programming, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Eric CHEVET, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mika, Composer, Author, Piano, Vocals, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Masterdisk, Studio - Jeremie Tuil, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Matthieu reynaud, Composer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Programmer, AssociatedPerformer - Gohan Music, Studio - Marso, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Programmer, Recording Engineer, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Carla De Coignac, Author - Studio la tulipe, Studio

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5
30 secondes
00:03:09

Renaud Rebillaud, Composer, Author, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Programmer, Recording Engineer, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Eric CHEVET, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mika, Composer, Author, Vocals, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Masterdisk, Studio - Yaacov Salah, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremie Tuil, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Gohan Music, Studio - Skyler Stonestreet, Composer - Marso, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Additional Producer, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Moty, Additional Keyboards, Rhythm Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Carla De Coignac, Author

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6
C’est la Vie
00:03:28

Mika, Composer, Author, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Doriand, Author - Tristan Salvati, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Programmer, AssociatedPerformer - Geoff Swan, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - John Greenham, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marso, Vocal Producer, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Cahill, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Martin Lefebvre, Programmer, A&R - Alex Stacey, Additional Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Francesco Felcini, Additional Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Clearlight Mastering, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2023 Mika

7
Moi, Andy et Paris
00:03:35

Renaud Rebillaud, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Additional Producer, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Eric CHEVET, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mika, Composer, Author, Piano, Vocals, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Masterdisk, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Doriand, Composer, Author - Jéremy Tuil, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Gohan Music, Studio - Marso, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Additional Keyboards, Programming, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - The Pig, Studio

℗ 2023 Mika

8
Je sais que je t’aime
00:02:51

Renaud Rebillaud, Composer, Author, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer Programming, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Eric CHEVET, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mika, Composer, Author, Piano, Vocals, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Masterdisk, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jean-Michel Lenert, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Ludovic Balla, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Laurent Philipp, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Cyril Ghestem, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Matthieu Rogué, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Estelle Villotte, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Jéremy Tuil, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Valentin Couineau, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, A&R - Olivier Grimoin, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Helène Perrat-Laroque, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Alain Persiaux, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Marylène Vinciguerra, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Romain Allender, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Gohan Music, Studio - Marc Desjardins, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Cynthia Perrin, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Stéphane Causse, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Emilie Belaud, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Cécile Brey, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Carla De Coignac, Author - Gloria Gashi, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Hsing-Han Tsai, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Alice Erte, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Nelson Malleus, Rhythm Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Philippe Blard, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Jeanne Bonnet, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Petteri Johannes Livonen, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Noémie Poumet, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Joe Eun-Hee, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Clara Dietlin, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Myrtille Hertzel, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Marine Clermont, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2023 Mika

9
Doucement
00:03:11

Renaud Rebillaud, Composer, Author, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer Programming, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Eric CHEVET, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mika, Composer, Author, Vocals, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Masterdisk, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Doriand, Author - Jéremy Tuil, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Gohan Music, Studio - Marso, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Additional Keyboards, Additional Producer, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2023 Mika

10
Touche Touche
00:02:25

Renaud Rebillaud, Author - Mika, Composer, Author, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Doriand, Author - Tristan Salvati, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Keyboards, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - John Greenham, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Martin Lefebvre, Producer, Additional Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Carla De Coignac, Author - Clearlight Mastering, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2023 Mika

11
Amour pirate
00:02:59

Renaud Rebillaud, Composer, Author, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer Programming, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Eric CHEVET, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mika, Composer, Author, Vocals, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Masterdisk, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Doriand, Composer, Author - Jeremie Tuil, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Gohan Music, Studio - Marso, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Additional Keyboards, Additional Producer, Synthesizer Programming, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2023 Mika

12
Passager
00:02:50

Renaud Rebillaud, Composer, Author, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer Programming, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Eric CHEVET, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mika, Composer, Author, Vocals, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Masterdisk, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jeremie Tuil, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Valentin Couineau, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, A&R - Romain Allender, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Gohan Music, Studio - The Pig, Studio - Carla De Coignac, Composer, Author - Nelson Malleus, Rhythm Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2023 Mika

Album review

Given that his parents are of American and Lebanese heritage and he's spent significant parts of his life in England and Italy, Mika could be seen as a citizen of the world. However, it's not surprising that France holds a special place in his heart. It's where he spent his earliest years, where he began writing songs and learned to play the piano, and where his albums consistently place in the Top Ten of the charts. That France has been so important to his life and career makes it somewhat remarkable that Mika waited until his sixth album to release a record of songs sung entirely in French, but Que ta tête fleurisse toujours is a loving tribute to his roots in more ways than one. He named the album for a phrase his mother often said to him while growing up ("may your head always bloom"). Though she passed in 2021, the music she inspired is more uplifting than mournful, with the tenderness of "30 Secondes" and "Passager" coming through clearly even to listeners who don't speak a word of French. He complements these pensive moments with pulsing ones like "C'est la Vie" and "Touche Touche," where the pounding pianos and synths, disco rhythms, and falsetto vocals are unmistakably Mika. He rounds out the album with some skillful homages to classic French pop, such the string-laden daydream of "Moi, Andy et Paris" and the stylishly bittersweet "Jane Birkin," a much more restrained celebrity homage than his breakthrough single "Grace Kelly." By Mika's usual standards, Que ta tête fleurisse toujours may be understated, but its delicate ballads and feather-light pop make it a patisserie-worthy confection.

© Heather Phares /TiVo

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