February 14, 2008 - Showbox SoDo - Seattle, WA
by Dagmar Patterson
They don’t come foxier than Mika. He’s a slender Pan of a rock-star who manages to make opulent what might look excessive for most artists.
He writes his own material and surrounds himself with a fantastic onstage band – complete with dancers and the amazing singer and British spitfire Saranayde. He maintained a wild momentum after coming out right away with his biggest States-side hits "Relax (Take it Easy)" and "Big Girl (You Are Beautiful)." Apart from Queen’s "Fat Bottomed Girls" and Sir Mix-a-Lot's "Baby Got Back," "Big Girl" is the only song I can think of that seriously embraces the more voluptuous woman, and his fans love him for this. He even brings special dancers with him to be the big girls in the song and this is really lovely.
The stage set was stunning, including flowers, stuffed animals, giant balloons, and a confetti-streamer shower at the end of the show. It also included Mika making out with a giant puppet of death, the band dressing up as animals and enacting a saucy tableau behind a sheet to the "Teddy Bears’ Picnic." It was a moment all Furries would love. Yet all this did not mean that Mika does not hold his own just being Mika, just playing the piano and singing. "Billy Brown" is a pearl of cabaret and "My Interpretation" a stirring Bee-Gees-esque wonder. "Grace Kelly" is one of those quintessentially relatable pop songs and "Ring Ring" is a proper disco stomper. He’s a perfect artist.
Mika, in his slinky white clothes with silver suspenders, has arrived. Judging by the crowd, he’s got not only a fan-base that sells out venues, but one that’s comprised of young and old – and I mean little kids, teenagers, twenty year olds, thirty some-things - every age group you can come up with. It’s also comprised of male, female, gay, straight – black, white, hispanic and on and on . . . he’s a rare joy, a large miracle in music.
More on Mika: www.mikasounds.com / www.myspace.com/mikamyspace.
For photos from the show, visit Dagmar's website: http://dagmarsieglinde.com/cpg/thumbnails.php?album=262