The Boy Who Knew Too Much (album)

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The Boy Who Knew Too Much
Studio album by Mika
Released 21 September 2009
(see release history)
Recorded June 2008–2009[1]
Genre Pop, rock, electropop
Length 41:13[2]
Label

Casablanca, Polydor[3]

Producer Greg Wells, Imogen Heap, Mika, RedOne[1]
Mika chronology
Songs for Sorrow
(2009)
The Boy Who Knew Too Much
(2009)
The Origin of Love
(2012)
Singles from The Boy Who Knew Too Much
  1. "We Are Golden"
    Released: 7 September 2009
  2. "Rain"
    Released: 23 November 2009
  3. "Blame It On The Girls"
    Released: 15 February 2010
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [4]
The A.V. Club (A-) [5]
Entertainment Weekly (A) [6]
The Guardian 3/5 stars [7]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars [8]
The Observer 3/5 stars [9]
PopMatters 8/10 stars [10]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars [11]
Slant 1.5/5 stars [12]
Spin 3.5/5 stars [13]
The Times 3/5 stars [14]

The Boy Who Knew Too Much[15] is the second studio album by singer Mika. It was released on 21 September 2009,[16] under Casablanca Records in the United States and Polydor in the United Kingdom.

Background[edit]

Mika worked with producer Greg Wells, who also produced his debut album Life in Cartoon Motion.[1] The album was written in Olympic Studios, London, which began in June 2008. In September 2008 he moved to Rocket Carousel Studios, Los Angeles, where the album was recorded.[1] Mika has described the album's themes as dealing with his teenage years, and "in a sense is kind of part two" of his first album.[17] In contrast to his first album, which "contained innocent fairytales", Mika pitches the new album's songs as "gothic Tim Burton-esque fantasies."[18] The album was originally titled We Are Golden after the first single from the album, "We Are Golden". On 20 July 2009 in an on-air interview with DJ Jo Whiley on BBC Radio 1, Mika revealed he was considering renaming the album, because he wanted "something a little more ridiculous."[19] On 6 August 2009 it was confirmed that the album's title would change to The Boy Who Knew Too Much.[20] As with Mika's debut album Life in Cartoon Motion, the album artwork has been designed by Mika's sister (who works under the nom de plume DaWack), the Australian illustrator Sophie Blackall, Airside collaborator Richard Hogg and Mika himself. The artwork has been inspired by children's picture books from the 1940s to 1970s.[21]

Critical response[edit]

The album received generally positive reviews from music critics, based on an aggregate score of 70/100 from Metacritic.[22]

Singles[edit]

  • "We Are Golden" was the first single from the album. It received its UK radio debut on BBC Radio 2 on 20 July 2009. It peaked at #4 in the UK Singles Chart.
  • "Rain" was the second UK and German single, released on 23 November 2009 in both digital and physical format.[23][24][25] It peaked at #72 in the UK Singles Chart, making it Mika's first UK single to miss the Top 40. In Germany it peaked at #56.[26] It was released as the third UK single, on 15 February 2010.[27]
  • "Blame It on the Girls" was the second American and Japanese single from the album.[28][29] It peaked at #1 in Japan but failed to make any impact in the United States. It was released as the third UK single, on 15 February 2010.[27] It peaked at #72.
  • The song "Good Gone Girl" charted within the Romanian Top 100 on airplay only, without being released as a single.[30]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "We Are Golden"   Mika 3:58
2. "Blame It on the Girls"   Mika 3:34
3. "Rain"   Mika, Jodi Marr 3:43
4. "Dr. John"   Mika 3:44
5. "I See You"   Mika, Walter Afanasieff 4:17
6. "Blue Eyes"   Mika 2:50
7. "Good Gone Girl"   Mika, Jodi Marr 3:02
8. "Touches You"   Mika 3:19
9. "By the Time"   Mika, Imogen Heap 3:21
10. "One Foot Boy"   Mika, Rob Davis 2:58
11. "Toy Boy"   Mika, Jodi Marr 2:56
12. "Pick Up Off the Floor"   Mika 3:24

Personnel[edit]

Additional musicians

Chart performance[edit]

The album debuted at #4 on the UK Albums Chart and remained on the Top 40 for four weeks.[34] The album debuted at #1 on the French Albums Chart, becoming Mika's second consecutive album to reach the top of the French albums chart and the album is double platinum with more of 200,000 copies sold. In the USA, the album debuted at #19 on the Billboard 200. In Italy the album debuted at #10 on the Italian Albums Chart, and it has been certified Gold with more of 50,000 copies sold.[35]

Release history[edit]

Country Date
Hong Kong (Digital Version)[56] 5 September 2009
Netherlands 16 September 2009
France 18 September 2009
Australia
Germany
Italy
Ireland
United Kingdom 21 September 2009
Argentina[57]
Mexico
South Korea (Regular & Deluxe Edition)[58]
United States 22 September 2009
Brazil
Canada
South Korea (Korean Special Edition)[59] 27 May 2010
Hong Kong (Asia Tour Edition)[60] 2 June 2010

References[edit]

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  5. ^ The A.V. Club review
  6. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  7. ^ The Guardian review
  8. ^ Los Angeles Times review
  9. ^ The Observer review
  10. ^ PopMatters review
  11. ^ Rolling Stone review
  12. ^ Slant Magazine review
  13. ^ Spin (magazine) review
  14. ^ The Times review
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