Mika, The Origin of Love (Island/Casablanca)

 

Now that he's announced he is gay, in perhaps the least surprising showbiz outing this side of Liberace, it's perhaps significant that Mika's third album borrows its title from Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

Without descending into armchair psychology, he does sound like a man with a weight lifted from his shoulders, and The Origin of Love is an autotuned, multitracked meringue whose ingredients include 10cc and Buggles, and whose only weakness is the absence of a killer single.

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