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Biographyby Alex Henderson

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 (1 Jan 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Cmg
  • ASIN: B001MW3A2K
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,083 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Headlock
2. Goodnight and Go
3. Have You Got It In You?
4. Loose Ends
5. Hide And Seek
6. Clear The Area
7. Daylight Robbery
8. The Walk
9. Just For Now
10. I Am In Love With You
11. Closing In
12. The Moment I Said It

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A. G. Gibbons on 13 July 2005
Format: Audio CD
While you may know Imogen Heap for her contributions in Frou Frou, "Speak for yourself" is the stunning follow-up to her first solo album "I Megaphone". This new album moves away from both her previous projects. "I Megaphone" is darkly electronic and Frou Frou's "Details" is a pop-orientated trip-hop album. In contrast, "Speak for Yourself" is soft, sophisticated, and edged with tenderness yet it maintains the electronic trip-hop vocalised essence that fans of Heap will have come to expect. A vital difference with "Speak for Yourself" is that Heap's classical training shines through more than ever, from piano melodies and classic synths and strings to the exquisite composition of every track. And layered over all this, and entwined into the music, is Imogen Heap's breathy silky voice.
My absolute favourite track is 'Hide and Seek' which was used in The OC's season finale recently. It is a slow harmonised vocal track that communicates a sense of united sorrow and hope simultaneously. It's absolutely beautiful and this one track is enough reason to buy the album!!
Other favourites are 'Clear the Area' in which classical piano leads into an ocean of mellow beats, 'Just for Now' with its layers of luscious vocals, and 'Closing in' which combines moody trip-hop beats with innocent vocals.
All in all, this is a brilliant eclectic album that manages to hold together the funky grooves of 'I am in love with you' and a ballad like 'The Moment I said it'. There isn't a bad track.
Comparisons: Jem, Frou Frou, Goldfrapp, Zero 7 in parts and elements of Archive.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By K. Doyle on 15 Jun 2006
Format: Audio CD
After one track from this album was featured on the finale of the OC's second season, I expeted Imogen Heap to be a name on everyone's lips. However, she's maintained an unfairly low profile to the mainstream music listeners.

Speak for Yourself is a perfectly produced album of original, amazing tracks. Mixing trance, dance, pop, R'n'B with great lyrics I literally had not heard anything like it before.

Goodnight and Go and Headlock are stand out tracks. They stay in your head all day. Perhaps what's most fascinating about this album is its sounds and the music's texture. It's a must buy for anyone pedantic about the way their music sounds.

Give it a go and see what you think. I was, and still am, amazed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andy Senior on 23 Jun 2007
Format: Audio CD
I first heard "Come Here Boy" (from Heap's debut album "I Megaphone") on Ned Sherrin's BBC R4 show "Loose Ends" back in 1998 and I loved it so much that I went out, found the album (the days before Amazon UK) and bought it. It's an album that has grown on me over the years; but the one thing that was apparent back then was that she is an exceptional artist.

As you do when you find something that hits a nerve, I've looked out for a new album over the years. In record stores and on here but since 1998 nothing in her own name. Until one Sunday in April last year, I was in Montreal and it was pissing down with rain and I took shelter in HMV. Soaking wet, all I could do was browse and I didn't really think I'd find anything. But there this album was, newly released and being promoted off the back of the "OC". I bought it immediately and took it back to my hotel and played it for the rest of my stay.

And I haven't stopped listening to it. It's on my iPod, in the car and here on my PC. It really is an amazing album.

So who'll like it? Well enough people has listened to this with me around; from my Russian cleaner, to the Aussie plumber, from my Colombian lodger to the wide range of friends who come for Sunday lunch. People always listen and they always ask - who is that? I can't tell you how many times I've written it down: Imogen Heap.

The thing about Imogen Heap is that she get's it; every track nails the emotion in a way that just makes you stop and think. There's an energy about her work, an honesty and a humour. There's also a universiality here - she's an amazing poet, she understands language and sound and how to play with it. It's also deeply sensual; it embraces, soothes and seduces.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Ball on 2 Oct 2006
Format: Audio CD
I recently saw Imogen at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, she was fantastic, she created all her songs by herself on stage with the help of a few technical gizmos. "Speak For Yourself" is quite possibly one of the best albums of the 21st century. This album overshadows any greatness created on Frou Frou's album or her first record (I Megaphone). Stand out tracks are "Goodnight and Go", "The Walk" and "Daylight Robbery", However every track is flawlessly produced and excellent lyrically. Imogen is a hard artist to compare and contrast with others as she varies from Tori Amos style piano tracks to almost The Knife like rhythems. Definate a worthwhile purchase if you like good music from what i could only describe as the first real 21st century musical artist.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By canon snapper on 8 Feb 2009
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I bought this album after hearing the track Hide and Seek on the radio. It is a great track - unusual and I think probably my favourite from the album. Her music is full of interesting textures and sounds, and Imogen Heap has a very fluid, effortless voice. There are plenty of good, tuneful pop tracks here.

The trouble with the album is that for my tastes she does far too much of what I'd call vocal acrobatics - leaping around the octaves in a fairly frantic manner. Very accomplished no doubt but it gets quite tiresome. I find myself wishing she'd just calm down a bit and adopt a more relaxed style some of the time. The music also has a bit of a tendency to be needlessly frantic, as though Ms Heap feels she needs to cram as much into each track as is physically possible. If she could be a bit more laid back I'd be listening to this CD more often.
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