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The Boy Who Knew Too Much

The Boy Who Knew Too Much is the second studio album by Mika. It was released on September 21, 2009, by Casablance Records and was released in the United States by Universal Motown Republic Group.

BackgroundEdit

Mika worked with producer Greg Wells, who produced his first album Life in Cartoon Motion. It was written in Olympic Studios, London, beginning in June 2008. In September 2008 Mika moved to Rocket Carousel Studios, Los Angeles, where he recorded the album. Mika described the themes of the album as dealing with his teenage years, and "in a sense is kind of part two" of the first album. In contrast to his first album which "contained innocent fairytales" Mika pitches the new album's songs as "gothic Tim Burton-esque fantasies." The album's original title was We Are Golden after the album's first single, "We Are Golden". On July 20, 2009 in an on-air interview with DJ Jo Whiley from BBC Radio 1, Mika revealed he was considering renaming the album, because he wanted "something a little more ridiculous." On August 6, 2009 it was confirmed that the album's title would change to The Boy Who Knew Too Much. Just like Mika's debut album Life in Cartoon Motion, the album's artwork was designed by Mika's sister (who works under the pen name DaWack), 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.

ResponseEdit

Critical ResponseEdit

Generally, the album received positive reviews from critics, based on an aggregate score of 72/100 from Metacritic.

SinglesEdit

"We Are Golden" was the first single from the album. It received its UK radio debut on BBC Radio 2 on July 20, 2009. It peaked at #4 in the UK Singles Chart. "Blame It on the Girls" was the second American and Japanese single from the album. It peaked at #1 in Japan but failed to make any impact in America. "Rain" was the second UK and German single from the album, and was released on November 23 in both digital and physical format. It was #72 in the UK Singles Chart, making "Rain" Mika's first UK single to miss the Top 40. In Germany it peaked at #56. "Blame It on the Girls" was the third UK single, on February 15, 2010. In the UK it peaked at #72, just like the previous single "Rain". "Good Gone Girl" charted within the Romanian Top 100 on airplay only, not being released as a single.

Track ListingEdit

Title Length
1. "We Are Golden" 3:58
2. "Blame It on the Girls" 3:34
3. "Rain" 3:43
4. "Dr. John" 3:44
5. "I See You" 4:16
6. "Blue Eyes" 2:50
7. "Good Gone Girl" 3:02
8. "Touches You" 3:19
9. "By The Time" 3:21
10. "One Foot Boy" 2:58
11. "Toy Boy" 2:56
12. "Pick Up Off the Floor" 3:24

Deluxe Edition Bonus Track

Title Length
13. "Lover Boy" 3:13

iTunes Bonus Track

Title Length
13. "Lady Jane" 3:20

Japanese Bonus Track

Title Length
13. "We Are Golden" (acoustic version) 3: 08

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