Released on the 15th of June 2015, the whole album seems to be built on a paradoxe: it emphasizes the extreme happiness and the profound pain both brought by the tragedy of being in love.
However, although it did inspire many of the new songs, love is clearly not the only theme around which revolve the lyrics. For instance, Good Guys is an ode to some of the singer's idols, including Oscar Wilde whose words inspired the lyrics "Some of us in the gutter are looking up at the stars". As for the track that gave the album its name, the 32 year-old addresses through it a higher figure - God -, begging him for forgiveness. MIKA's fear of being rejected is just one of the many issues tackled in No Place In Heaven, topics that we had caught a glimpse of in the previous albums but that had never been properly developed until 2015.
Hence, we find ourselves wondering: which ingredient has made MIKA's newest masterpiece such a personal, raw and successful work of art? A relevant reason would be that the artist seems to have reached a new point in life where he's more at one with himself, what with finding love with Andreas "Andy" Dermanis and going public about it, as well as getting over a difficult period (his sister Paloma has finally overcome her 2010 accident and is now happy to be a mom).
But no matter what exactly has triggered this change, giving MIKA a certain maturity and freedom reflected in his music, it has resulted in what I found his best piece of work yet. Listening to No Place In Heaven is like digging inside the artist's soul, who seems to be sharing a part of himself with the public: his deepest emotions but also his most personal thoughts. From Hurts to Promiseland, each song reflects a single aspect of MIKA's state of mind, and by adding them up, you might just get a peek at the singer's past and interiority.
Download on iTunes: No Place In Heaven, MIKA.