- 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 (30 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,440 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Sparks Deluxe Edition
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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).
Top Customer Reviews
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!!
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.Read more ›
I hope Imogen can return to form with her next album, give more importance to the songs and less to the production.
I don't normally like every single track on Heap's albums, but the gems make them worth it. With only 3 good tunes on a double album, its very disappointing.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What can i say ?! Imogen is a musical genius (Imogen(ius)), i'm completely crazy of her incredibly beautiful music and all of her records are important and superb ! Read morePublished 1 month ago by baroki
Expected a lot more from this album. Seems as though the production has become more important than the songs. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Nina A.
Wonderful album, Imogen just gets better with every new record .Published 3 months ago by MRBIGWEED
Its good, a grower, like all the best albums. The album had a concept, but for my money is a clasic concept album in the very best brit eccentric tradition.Published 12 months ago by nick baker
Imogen Heap put a lot of effort in this record. If you didn't follow her in her extraordinary travel you'll probably think it's a dishomogeneous album, with no coherence. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Davide Erbogasto