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Sparks (Vinyl)

Imogen HeapVinyl
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Imogen Heap is a British eclectic, eccentric and innovative recording artist. Her talent spans from the craft of songwriting to elaborate live multi-instrumental improvisations with electronics, building on a unique voice, classical training and unusual interest and command of technology which is fully explored within and outside of her musical projects. Self-produced, independent, engaged, ... Read more in Amazon's Imogen Heap Store

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  • Vinyl (August 19, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: 2014
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B00J89SFQK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,157 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. You Know Where to Find Me
2. Entanglement
3. The Listening Chair
4. Cycle Song
5. Telemiscommunications
6. Lifeline
7. Neglected Space
8. Minds Without Fear
9. Me The Machine
10. Run-Time
11. Climb To Sakteng
12. The Beast
13. Xizi She Knows
14. Propeller Seeds

Editorial Reviews

Grammy and Ivor Novello award winning recording artist Imogen Heap will release her highly anticipated 4th solo album "Sparks" on August 19th, 2014 through RCA Records.

Sparks has been on a well traveled journey, one which Heap began at 6am 14 March 2011, with a live stream from her home studio in a small village on the outskirts of London, gathering 'sound seeds' from fans and weaving them together to form the first song (Lifeline). Fast forward, 4 continents later, a dozen related projects and 14 tracks, the album cover artwork was then completed by those who pre-ordered the limited edition, super deluxe box set by sending in their footprints! The stunning piece of artwork and packaging, designed and developed over the past three years by Imogen and her creative team with CSV (the company behind Radiohead's special packaging) it is the very first time that Imogen has released such a super deluxe package.

Says Heap, "The album began with someone sending in the sound of striking a match for what became Lifeline in March 2011. I then dived into the most immense, intense creative 2 and a half years of my life that took me all over the planet, collaborating on so many projects with so many people and often totally spontaneously. The album is then in some ways for me grounded with fans' footprints bringing the finishing touch for the album art, as so many of them came along for the ride."

While working on "Sparks," Heap turned songs into projects and projects into songs, to bring her out of her studio and 'let life in' rather than postponing things until her album was done. This fresh approach found Imogen collaborating with everyone from her fans to unsuspecting passers-by, gardeners to filmmakers, scientists to newspaper journalists and brings us her most diverse and daring body of work to date. From the River Thames (You Know Where To Find Me) to 5000 feet up in the Himalayas (Climb to Sakteng, Cycle Song), from her local community garden (Neglected Space) to 6 weeks in the Chinese metropolis of Hangzhou (Xizi She Knows), Heap was soaking it up, writing, developing, recording and producing. Sounds of a dishwasher door to a Bhutanese dranyen, the voice of a crumbling wall to 700 fans' becoming a spoken word chorus. Some of Heap's projects include her brilliant Mi.Mu Gloves, developed over this album period with an incredible team of scientists, engineers and artists (Me The Machine) and dabbled in generative and reactive music with music app developers RJDJ (Run-Time) connected to a jogging app. From the deeply personal love songs Propeller Seeds and Entanglement to the crowd sourced response to the Sendai earthquake (Lifeline), her trademark honesty runs through the album.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Sparkling Effort August 19, 2014
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Heap is singular among pop singers for the diversity of skills she brings to each project. Yes, she writes and sings songs, and plays piano too. But unlike most of her musical peers, she also has the studio skills to win a "Best Engineer" Grammy award for her 2009 album. She's a singer-songwriter not just in the obvious and literal sense that she writes the songs that she sings, but also in the sense of the genre of confessional singer-songwriters like Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon, Sarah McLachlan, and Alanis Morissette, whose songs describe their own life experiences in eloquent and vulnerable detail. Heap's first solo album "I Megaphone" (as often noted, an anagram of her name) chronicles her high school and early adult life, with school crushes, religious crises, and challenging of authorities. The second album, "Speak For Yourself," found her producing her own work about the life and times of a young woman immersed in London's city culture. Success brought her the means to return to and renovate her childhood home in the country, a process covered in her third album, "Ellipse," named after the shape of that house and containing sound samples recorded in its environs. What would be next?

The answer would be five years in coming. The intensive do-it-yourself ethos of "Speak for Yourself" and "Ellipse" had been artistically satisfying but personally draining, and Heap has resolved to live her life, not just embalm it in music.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Artful and Challenging August 19, 2014
By Orphie
Format:Audio CD
Imogen Heap doesn't just compose catchy melodies that are arranged and produced to fit a trademarked style (and if that is what pleases you, this album may disappoint). Rather than comforting hooks and refrains, her music seems instead to almost explode forth from her DNA, creating an aural pastiche that washes over you. One would be hard-pressed to compare her to another artist working today. Sparks is a somewhat challenging album that begs to connect to the listener on a different level than a mass audience of radio trained ears may be conditioned to expect.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Imogen Heap would be worth a listen just for her innovation alone. Her musical experimentation vocally, visually, and instrumentally all are intriguing. However, her beautifully lyrical voice, overall musicality and stunning lyrics all put her in a class of her own.

Imogen Heap, innovating once again, has released music videos for her upcoming album Sparks (will be released August 19th). Usually you'll get one or two teasers but she gives you a full picture. If you haven't chanced upon Ms. Heap's music, she has a beautifully unique voice which avoids making every song sound alike by her incredible range of songs, embracing experimentation and her impeccable performance.

To get a sense of Ms. Heap's experimentation and outright playfulness, take a look at her teaser for Sparks:

There is a sense of magic in all she does, by which I mean fanciful flights of delightful surprise. She weaves technology, cultural themes and haunting beauty into her songs in contrasting ways. For example, look at the music video of Cycle Song. The content is about as old school as it gets with Buddhist monks in Sakteng, and folk dancing. Yet it uses time elapsed photography and a contemporary tempo to the music which pulls in elements from Buddhist chant in more modernized setting.

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27 of 38 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars It's all about the music August 20, 2014
By Deckard
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So, it’s finally here. The much heralded years-in-the-making new album from Imogen Heap. Imogen’s music came to my attention around 2006, when I heard some tracks from her ‘Speak for Yourself’ album and was instantly hooked. I saw her live a couple of times in those "early days", her endearing warmth clearly in evidence in the intimate venues. Her subsequent success leveraging social media, amongst other things, is well deserved. I did feel it was somehow at the expense of her music though. The follow-up ‘Ellipse’ did not press as many buttons, though there are still fine tracks to be found. Other pieces though felt distracted, forced even. For me her forte of sitting at the piano and presenting a great song felt diluted.

In that context, Sparks starts promisingly. ‘You Know Where to Find Me’ is exactly the sort of piece I’d hoped for. Beautiful piano playing. Her striking vocals. Relatively minimalistic. The only slight issue for me is that the track, though melodically good, is not great. I’ve played the whole album back to back 5 or 6 times now. It can take such time for musical infection to show through. The opener has grown in stature during repeated auditions, but it still doesn’t detract from the fact that melodically this track does not hit the heights of previous works. It’s competent, but no more.

‘Entanglement’ follows. And it has a great opening, reversed vocal punctuation adding detail to great percussion. Vocally this is reminding me a lot of the Frou Frou album. However, again it doesn’t totally grab me. The infectious "spark" is amiss. It does its best, the attention to sonic detail, the twists and turns; it certainly can’t be accused of not trying. Maybe it’s trying too hard? It just ends up a bit of a maudlin so-so piece.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Imogen's Best
One of the most intricate records ever made this year. I helped send sounds to a few songs.
Published 5 days ago by Knox Hedrick
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
Imogen at her finest
Published 5 days ago by jor-Dan of awesome
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Imogen Heap
I love Imogen Heap. Like whoa. Her music is so good and the cd of instrumental tracks really highlights just how much love and care she puts into every sound in every song. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Beckitypuff
5.0 out of 5 stars Imogen Heap is phenomenal again!
Fabulous as always. There's a reason Imogen is my favorite artist :)
Published 13 days ago by momo'2
5.0 out of 5 stars Escape into Sparks!
Imogen is truly a magical artist. Her music takes you on her journey to different parts of the world. Simply amazing!
Published 17 days ago by Simla
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
a Great Release from a Great artist...
Published 24 days ago by William T.
4.0 out of 5 stars A great new album by a very creative musician
A great new album by a very creative musician. The "instrument only" versions are interesting, but depends what you like listening to. Read more
Published 28 days ago by C. Gallagher
2.0 out of 5 stars Not her best
I have been looking forward to this album release for years. I am saddened to say, for the first time ever, Imogen has let me down. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ashton Noel Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars Another stellar offering from one of my favorite artists of all time
Another stellar offering from one of my favorite artists of all time. Playful, emotional, brilliant. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ashley N. Mentlik
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love that it has her singing and the instrumental! I choreograph and the instrumental is perfect!
Published 1 month ago by Debbie Allred
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Will the Vinyl version come with MP3 tracks of the album?
I hope so... The CD is Auto-Rip eligible. Hello, Amazon? Why one and not the other?
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