Anglo For Your Ear: Preview of Anglophenia’s Top Songs of 2007

Tomorrow, I will reveal my top UK songs from 2007 that deserved U.S. success. And one of my choices will be Mika‘s “Relax, Take It Easy.” I know I’ve spouted and sputtered ad nauseum about the evils of Mika throughout the year, and I truly did despise most of his singles. (If you thought “Grace Kelly” was the most grating song of the year, then you haven’t heard “Big Girl [You Are Beautiful].”) That is, with the exception of the disco track, “Relax, Take It Easy,” which shows the falsetto-loving pop star showing uncharacteristic vocal and lyrical restraint. It has all the elements of a really good Erasure single – cheery, open-hearted, uplifting, and lots of fun. Had all of Mika’s singles been this well-crafted, I’d have been his biggest cheerleader.

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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