My Name is Michael Holbrook

Mika - My Name is Michael Holbrook
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Based on 4 reviews
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Based on 29 ratings
2019 Ratings: #706
October 4, 2019 / Release Date
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Republic / Label
Dance Pop / Genres
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When the singer is projecting his unbridled positivity, not many pop artists can come close to being as inspiring or unifying, at its most complex My Name Is Michael Holbrook explores love, sexuality and social norms under the guise of either seductive, harmony-driven synth pop or sultry nocturnal R&B.


While Mika may have balanced these themes and sounds a little more deftly on No Place in Heaven, My Name Is Michael Holbrook is never less than witty and genuine -- and much more enjoyable than if he'd tried to fit into someone else's mold.

The Independent

This is an album that doesn’t always hang together as a cohesive whole, but has moments that serve as a pointed and endearing reclamation of self. Who could have a problem with that?

Eh, idk. Passion about important issues doesn’t translate to any substance behind it here. I don’t even really care for Mika’s vocal delivery either. It feels very uninteresting and restrained. And the balladry on here feels a tad lively at best, childish at its worst. It’s not for me, but I’d recommend giving it a shot, sure!
The rawness and emotional density of this record truly surprised me. However, MIKA's theatricality and silliness are not altogether lost. While Holbook fails to produce the comeback magnum opus I hoped for, this record sits comfortably in his discography. The sleepy balladry that composes the majority of the album proves MIKA's maturity regarding his typical topics of sexuality and loss.

Rating: Decent to Great (70).
This is not Mika's at his finest, this is a Mika's at his most honest. Since No Place in Heaven, I was expecting the greatest follow-up album in music history because I know Mika is capable of doing that, so...what went wrong?

My Name is Michael Holbrook is a troubled album. It marks a departure with his long-time collaborator, Greg Wells, which you can totally notice by just listening to Ice Cream and I think that's the only thing missing in this album. Overall, it's a sweet, tiny album; it ... read more
Since The Origin of Love, I hadn't heard a complete MIKA album. Everything here is quite melancholic and full of ballads, I understand that it is an introspective album, so much so that the name of the album bears his real name. It's quite irregular, you think it will be a fun album, but no, it's practically 3 ballads and a “fast” song. It has at least 2 songs that are worthwhile, but the rest is more of the same, they are songs that I already heard with other artists, it brings ... read more
Desde The Origin of Love, no había oído completo un álbum de MIKA. Todo aquí es bastante melancólico y lleno de baladas, entiendo que sea un álbum introspectivo, tanto que el nombre del disco lleva su nombre real. Es bastante irregular, piensas que será un álbum divertido, pero no, prácticamente son 3 baladas y una canción “rápida”. Tiene al menos 2 canciones que valen la pena, pero lo demás es mas ... read more
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Track List

  1. Tiny Love
  2. Ice Cream
  3. Dear Jealousy
  4. Paloma
  5. Sanremo
  6. Tomorrow
  7. Ready To Call This Love (feat. Jack Savoretti)
  8. Cry
  9. Platform Ballerinas
  10. I Went to Hell Last Night
  11. Blue
  12. Stay High
  13. Tiny Love Reprise
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