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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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  • Audio CD (November 1, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA Victor
  • ASIN: B000B7BZM4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (257 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,078 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Whether partnered with Guy Sigsworth as Frou Frou, or on her own, Imogen Heap is an enormously gifted singer, songwriter, producer, keyboardist, and programmer. She does it all here on her second solo CD which showcases her remarkable talents. Comparison's have been made to Bjork, Alanis Morrisette, Joni Mitchell and Annie Lennox, among others, but no one can hold a candle to Imogen Heap. Her electronic programming and keyboarding are so textured and layered, you will hear something new with each and every listening. RCA. 2005.

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If the voice sounds familiar, that may be because a couple of tracks have been featured on The O.C., while Frou Frou's "Let Go" appeared in Garden State. (Frou Frou is a collaboration between Heap and producer Guy Sigsworth.) Her sophomore release, after a UK-only debut, is a fine showcase for the singer/songwriter's swooping vocals. Her style, which incorporates layers of multi-tracking, lies somewhere between Sinead O'Connor's banshee howl and Jem's more delicate musings. There's more of a groove to her ouvre, however. At times, she almost sounds like Norway's Annie--by way of Kate Bush. The overall effect is plush and luxurious, if occasionally generic (a more stripped-down approach would really allow that instrument to shine). The one song that doesn't quite fit the electro-pop pattern is the vocoder-saturated "Hide and Seek," in which Heap enters Laurie Anderson territory (specifically 1982's "O Superman"). It's a risk that pays off, although its placement midway through the recording threatens to throw the balance off. (It would have made more sense at the end.) Aside from writing and singing, the multi-talented musician also recorded and produced Speak for Yourself. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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Imogen's production, voice, and lyrics are fascinating.
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I purchased the CD "Speak for Yourself" by iMOGEN HEAP after hearing the group FROU FROU's amazing CD "Details".
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I ordered the CD and listened to the entire album which has several good songs on it.
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61 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Norman on August 3, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This girl shows again and again that she has enough talent in her PINKY FINGER to support at least two more albums and a side project, and not break a sweat.

I Megaphone was an eclectic mix of soft songs and crunchy scary songs. It was good enough, but she didn't seem to have found her niche. Then, in 2002, Frou Frou's album came out. Yeah, most people missed it. I found out about it before Garden State, thankfully. It was absolutely amazing. She had found the place her vocals worked best, and I still haven't stopped listening to that album.

This brings me to Speak For Yourself, her sophomore solo album. She took more than just a little of the experience she gained from Frou Frou and used it here. While this album can't technically be called "trip hop" like Details could, it's close. The sounds are delicious (her website had a section where you could hear some of the samples she used - and oh how she used them!), the vocals are tantalizing, sexy, and deep, and the lyrics are, as always, interesting and edgy. This album will not let you down.

Key tracks:

Headlock - This song starts calm, with flickers of plinking sounds that tickle the ears and mind (especially with headphones) that delves into a heavy and almost angry beat halfway through. Quite good.

Loose Ends - Quite a poppy song. This definitely deserves some radio play. She even puts the opening "dum dum"s in the lyric book. It's easy, simple, and fun. One of my favorites.

Hide & Seek - This is the stunning and haunting filtered a capella track heard on this last season's finale of The O.C., so...YES! You've heard it! And it IS that song! Talent, I say. Talent!
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322 of 357 people found the following review helpful By I. M. Sanchez Prado on November 4, 2005
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As other people have noticed, this item is no longer copy protected. I still strongly recommend it.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Patrick M. Boothe on November 1, 2005
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Not only creative and original but brilliant and beautiful. But maybe being such a huge Imogen fan, I'm a little bias. One thing must be stated. DON'T LISTEN TO LOW GRADE SAMPLES OF THIS ALBUM ONLINE. The songs are very rich and textured that low quality online samples do not flow as well as listening to a crisp clear MP3 or CD.

Musically, this lp sticks to the electronic sound that was also heavily present in Imogen's Frou Fruo project, the difference is the level of intimacy that isn't usually as prevalent in even the most ethereal electronic albums.

Headlock starts the album off with a strong exclamation, while Goodnight and Go give a more whimsical feel with great rhythmic makeup and beautiful lush instrumentation that is a surprise with every listen.

By now most attention has been driven towards Hide And Seek, the vocodor induced a capella-ish track. And that attention has been rightfully deserved. This astonishing track can never be duplicated, it's liquid movements and Imogen's near-flawless vocals leading the way.

But aside once you get past that, the magic doesn't end there! The album tends to get a little electro-funky in Clear the Area and the SUPER fun I Am In Love With You(which is amazing to hear this track after having heard it piano-laden from a live show for her earlier album), as well we get that great rocker-grrl mode from Imogen on Daylight Robbery (what a great single this would make, IMO) and Closing In.

The other great thing about this album is that we get to see Imogen at her most beautiful, with songs like the impenetrable Just For Now, and probably the best LAST song on an Imogen/Frou lp The Moment I Said It.

Now that it is finally out in the US, you have NO excuse NOT to pick up a copy!!!!
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By John W. Warren on November 1, 2005
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This delectable album is one of the musical highlights of the year. From the opening bars of "Headlock" it brings the listener into its own world. The bouncy "Goodnight and Go" has been featured on The OC, as has "Hide and Seek," a song as concentrated and enchanting as grapes left in an autumn freeze to make ice wine. Other highlights include "The Walk," "Just for Now," and "Closing In," but there is hardly a misstep in the album, in Imogen's blend of techno beats and pop savvy. Echoes of Kate Bush (who returns next week after twelve years of silence), Tori Amos, and Imogen's own group-with Guy Sigsworth-Frou Frou, swirl around the mix, but your ears will tell you clearly that Immi speaks for herself.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Emily H. Harris on November 1, 2005
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Finally! I am so excited for this albums US release. Imogen is a master musician, who is extremely talented in her production. Seeing her at the Canal Room in NYC proved the extent of her talent. Her voice has a rare quality, almost a whisper at times and at the change of a beat she shakes the song in a new pitch. In each song Imogen expresses herself in a passionate and beautiful mini symphony that requires full attention. From the lyrics to the perfect orchestration of every song, this album cannot be played as background music.
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66 of 77 people found the following review helpful By P Magnum HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 1, 2005
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Speak For Yourself is the first solo record released in the US by Frou Frou vocalist Imogen Heap. The album is a sonically rich outing with electronic buzzes and pulsating bass lines. "Goodnight & Go" is a pretty song with an immensely catchy chorus and "Hide & Seek" has a strong synth-pop sound that is equally as catchy. Ms. Heap gets a little experimental on the ethereal "Have You Got It in You?" and "The Walk" shows some muscle. Speak For Yourself is an entertaining and well-crafted album that deserves to have commercial success.
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my sister copied the cd ,and it plays just fine.
The latest versions of this CD are not copy-protected, so they will play (and rip to mp3) just fine on a PC. The Amazon product description refers to the earlier versions of the CD and hasn't been updated to include the latest revisions.
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