Song Review: 'Lollipop' by MIKA
MIKA (real name Micheal Holbrook) is a music artist that makes a variety of pop music by using his ability to go from a deeper-pitched voice to a high-pitched voice effortlessly. Some of his most popular songs that show this off are "Grace Kelly" and "Relax Take it Easy."
MIKA has touched on his musical style before, saying, "I am a difficult artist, I know that. I make artist-driven, alternative pop music. I do this sincerely, in a time when so many album statements are incomplete and insincere. I am not from the Brill Building school of pop. These are my own statements."
According to MIKA's biography, On Jan. 19, 2007, MIKA appeared on "Later... with Jools Holland," and on "The Friday Night Project." That same month, MIKA was on the top of the BBC News website's Sound of 2007 poll." His first single, "Grace Kelly" reached number one on the UK Singles Chart that same year.
"Lollipop" is a song from MIKA's first album, "Life in Cartoon Motion." This album also contains other popular MIKA songs like "Relax Take it Easy," "Big Girl (You Are Beautiful)," and "Happy Ending." Another nice thing about this album (and all of MIKA's albums) is the album art. I absolutely love the vibrant colors and intricate details on each album's cover.
MIKA has a few music videos, but I think "Lollipop" has a stand-out video, as it is the only one that is fully animated. Other MIKA videos ("Relax Take it Easy" is a good example) combine live-action and animation. The only issue with this video is that the volume is ludicrously low. Other than that, I think this is an amazing video.
The video starts off with a little girl asking a black-silhouetted monster, "Hey, what's the big idea?" From there the mood immediately shifts. A beat starts to play and the monster says "Yo, MIKA!" as the colors get more vibrant and the little girl begins to walk. As she is walking, and throughout the rest of the video, the lyrics are written out in a multitude of creative ways. As she is walking, the most repeated line is spoken, first in a deep-pitch and then in a high-pitch: "Sucking too hard on your lollipop, or love's gonna get you down." After the first line in a high-pitch, it continues to the silhouetted-monster singing, "Say love, Say love, Say, love's gonna get you down."
After that part, the camera pans to a large red boot. As the boot appears on screen, MIKA in a lower-pitch, starts to give advice: "I went walking in with my mama one day, when she warn me what people say, live your life until love is found, 'cause love's gonna get you down." As this is being sung, the camera pans up to the lady wearing the boots as the little girl floats on a heart. Then an elephant spits an arrow and pops the heart, sending the girl down in time with the lyrics.
After that, we get more bizzarre visuals that showcase the silhouetted-monsters, then back to "Sucking too hard on your lollipop, or love's gonna get you down," but this time the girl is falling down.
As she falls down, we see a colorful ocean scene. During this ocean scene, MIKA gives more advice, "Mama told me what I should know, too much candy gonna rot your soul, if she loves you, let her go, 'cause love only gets you down." As this is happening we see a pirate ship with one of the monsters on it as sea monsters and various fish display the lyrics. Then one of the monsters is shown, presumably ship-wrecked, in a barrel looking sad. While these visuals are being presented, the lyrics "take a look at the boy like me, Never stood on my own two feet, Now I'm blue, as I can be, Oh love couldn't get me down," are being sung.
Then, back to the usual "Sucking too hard on your lollipop, or love's gonna get you down," but this time there is a color swap and the monsters are gone. Instead of the monsters, there are animals enjoying love singing, "Say love, Say love, Say, love's gonna get you down." Then a monster appears on screen and bites down, making the screen go dark.
Suddenly the little girl starts singing, "I went walking with my mama one day, when she warn me what people say, live your life until love is found, or love's gonna get you down," and as she sings this, neon lights start quickly appearing a flashing on screen, each displaying different messages such as "My First Candy Show" and "EYE scream," and neon signs with stuff like carrots and other food items.
Then suddenly, we are taken to a room where various bright objects are being shown with the lyrics appearing on these objects. This is implied to be the human body. The camera slowly pans up to black, then one of the monsters also say, "Mama told me what I should know, too much candy gonna rot your soul, if she loves you, let her go, 'cause love only gets you down."
Then the song kicks up as trumpets can be heard as the visual accompaniment shows an entire band and a chorus can be heard in the background as well. The visuals at this part of the video combine different parts of the rest of the video to create a truly unique look. Then the video ends with "Sucking too hard on your lollipop, or love's gonna get you down."
Personally, I love this song. I love how it looks and adore how it sounds. Though the message is a bit construed throughout the lyrics and video, I think the song is saying that everyone finds love in a different way. To me, that is a great and powerful message.