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As a rule, group efforts are normally launched before a solo career -- not after a solo career is in full swing. First, the artist makes a name for himself/herself as part of a group, then the artist leaves the group to become a full-time solo performer. That's the standard procedure, but British singer/songwriter Imogen Heap took a different approach, ... Read more in Amazon's Imogen Heap Store

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  • Audio CD (18 Aug 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Deluxe Edition
  • Label: Megaphonic Records
  • ASIN: B00L1OTMDK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,120 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
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
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Disc: 2
1. You Know Where To Find Me (Instrumental)
2. Entanglement (Instrumental)
3. The Listening Chair (Instrumental)
4. Cycle Song (Instrumental)
5. Telemiscommunications (Instrumental)
6. Lifeline (Instrumental)
7. Neglected Space (Instrumental)
8. Minds Without Fear (Instrumental)
9. Me The Machine (Instrumental)
10. Run–Time (Instrumental)
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Product Description

Grammy and Ivor Novello award winning recording artist Imogen Heap will release her highly anticipated 4th solo album “Sparks” on August 18th.

Says Heap, “The album began with someone sending in the sound of a striking 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.”

“Sparks” will be available in two CD formats – a standard edition and a double disc casebound edition with instrumental versions of all tracks.

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. Inspired from the sounds of a dishwasher door, a Bhutanese dranyen, and the words of a crumbling wall to 700 fans’ voices, Heap and her brilliant team created and developed the groundbreaking Mi.Mu musical gloves over this period (Me The Machine) and dabbled in generative and reactive music (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.

One of the songs will only be finished once she’s dead! The Listening Chair whizzes us through her first 35 years in 5 minutes and will be added to every 7 years with another minute of a cappella song!

The brutal, playful and daring honesty Imogen has brought to us right from the start with first album iMegaphone (Lifeline, The Beast), sees "Sparks" draped in shades of the more electronic "Speak For Yourself" (Run-Time, Entanglement), the effortless elegance in some of Frou Frou’s most loved (Telemiscommunications, Propeller Seeds) while boasting the lush orchestrations of "Ellipse" (You Know Where To Find Me, Climb To Sakteng, Cycle Song). Yet, as you’d expect Heap takes herself and us to completely new territory in both lyric and production (Neglected Space, The Listening Chair and Me The Machine).

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Truecolours09 on 18 Aug 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
As a huge fan of Imogen's work as part of Frou Frou, I enjoyed her solo material but struggled with some of its more esoteric moments. Yet this album is an unexpected triumph, full of ideas being explored but also warmth, melody and incredibly intricate production.

Favourite track by far is the beautiful `Entanglement' with its fractured beat, sensuous vocals and delicate lyrics describing how it feels to share yourself with someone (physically and emotionally). It's jaw-droppingly moving and just one of many moments on `Sparks' that take the listener to another place.

Also excellent is `Run-Time'. Originally developed as part of a running app (please don't let that put you off) it's a song about breaking up. It has the best, most surprising tempo-changing outro I've heard for a long while ("Can we just not drag this out please?").

`The Listening Chair' is a good example of how Imogen's unique approach to songwriting can lead to genuinely fresh sounding music. Describing all of her life so far, it's a stream of consciousness that takes in family, school life, young adulthood and low self esteem, building a life for herself and hopes for the future. What could be self-indulgent and irritating in the wrong hands is charming and life-affirmingly inclusive.

`Telemiscommunications' (with deadmau5) is a deceptively simple, scratchy, downbeat track about how technology has become so dominant in our lives and can make it harder to understand one another. Meanwhile, 'Me The Machine' is a charming counterpoint in which technology and humanity work together to create something new.

`You Know Where To Find Me' starts as a lovely piano ballad but expands to include harmonies and electronic beats.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andy on 19 Aug 2014
Format: Audio CD
Immi strikes again. Plainly said, "Sparks" continues Heap's longstanding tradition of blending passion, adventure, and technology in a luscious feast for the mind and companion for the soul. This album in particular seems to me a turning point in her life as a musician. Although I love all of her work, the pieces of this set seem to work with each other as a team more than jump out from one another; she has matured as an artist and she thinks in albums as well as in songs. All in all, "Sparks" is a reflection on everything we have grown to love about this unique and truly gifted woman as well as a portent of things to come. "Who am I now?" Heap ponders at the conclusion of "The Listening Chair;" indeed, Imogen has showcased her creativity in a new way and has certainly convinced this fan of her mesmerizing ability to continually redefine herself and her medium. Here's to many more destinations in this engaging journey!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mercerbell on 22 Aug 2014
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I've been following Imogen Heap and her various projects over the years. 'Speak For Yourself' is on of my most played album which is still regularly played now. After 'Ellipse' (which I also thoroughly enjoyed), I was excited to follow Imogen on her journey making this album both physically and mentally. Many of the pieces found are inspired by places Imogen travelled to and it really does show in the music. The style has changed a little on 'Sparks' and is somewhat more poetic (If that is possible) than her earlier releases. I think that is a good thing. A another review here suggests that this album is poor. I can assure you it is anything but poor. Don't get me wrong its not 'Speak For Yourself', but such a masterpiece is hard to top, but what we have here is a fantastic album that takes you on a journey. What I particularly like also is the fact that there are music videos for each song on the album which draws you in more. The deluxe version has all the instrumentals which is just as pleasurable to listen to. All in all I highly recommend this album for any fan of Imogen Heap or any music fan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Milsted on 24 Aug 2014
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I am a fan of all of Heap's previous work and was very excited to finally receive this album. I recognise most artists develop a sound but as a listener it's always enjoyable when they challenge themselves and your expectations of their work; Heap has done this on Sparks. Not as immediately accessible as her previous work, the album - a collection of soundscapes multi-layered and detailed - grows and breathes further life into each successive listen. The collaborations (collected as she travelled) are imaginative, varied and demonstrate her versatility as an artist, producer and engineer. The album is a Spark that will catch and burn for some time to come...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By hunter on 23 Aug 2014
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I am so glad that someone has finally put together the perfect album. I agree all the enthusiastic reviews, but I don't wish to extract tracks for critique. It seems to me a continuum; it needs to be played through from beginning to end. I like the other albums but this one is very special. We have waited a long time for it. Very much worth the wait.

One small carp, - not about the music but the package . As one of Imogen's older fans I would have preferred the accompanying leaflet to be in rather bigger print. Oh well, . . this means I will have to listen to the album over and over to get the lyrics. Some burden!!
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