- 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 (57 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,221 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Speak For Yourself
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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.
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.
Imogen Heap made her relatively unknown debut with "I Megaphone," seven years back, and went on to become half of the mega-successful indiepop duo Frou Frou. Well, now Heap has returned with her second solo album, an energetic, sharp-tongued pop slice, "Speak For Yourself."
She kicks off with the sparkling music-box melody of "Headlock," which blossoms halfway into a dark pop gem. Nor does it stop there -- it's followed by velvety melodies, swirling instrumentation, energetic hooks scattered here and there. There are even a few balls-to-the-wall rock numbers, like the explosive bass blasts of "Daylight Robbery."
Seven years have changed Imogen Heap's sound, and it's not a change for the worse. When she debuted, her style was kind of Tori Amos, guitar-playing Angry Young Pop Woman. In "Speak For Yourself," she evokes nobody but Imogen Heap.
At first it seems that Heap's acid-flecked style has become softer and more stylized this time -- instead of taunting old bullies and denouncing people who invade her space, she's announcing, "You say too late to start, with your heart in a headlock/You know your better than this."
Don't worry, that sharp edge returns soon enough: "No it's not meant to be like this, it's just what I don't need,/Why make me feel like this, it's definitely all your fault." But the vibe isn't an Angry Young Woman one, but an older, wiser, somewhat sadder one -- hearts have been broken, lovers have lied, but she can still get that explosive rush from new love.
And time has mellowed more than her songwriting. Heap's collaborative band seems to have influenced her style, giving it a trippier sound with plenty of piano, burbling or gritty synth, and tinkling melodies.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was disappointed that the CD case arrived damaged with a large crack and was otherwise extremely scuffed but it didn't seem worth the effort of returning. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Anna
A really magnificent and very original album from its beginning till its end. Many thanks Imogen !Published 10 months ago by Francis Broka
I can't stop playing this album on the stereo and in my head. On the surface it's lightweight electro-pop but it's so beautifully and intricately constructed it doesn't feel thin... Read morePublished 14 months ago by NickA
Pardon the pun, my reviews are terrible. Anyway, none of Imogen Heap's albums have ever managed to impress me, but (there's always a but) as soon as I listened to Headlock, I was... Read morePublished on 14 Jan. 2014 by Svetlinka
I really enjoy this album. Imogen has the ability to bring new noise to music and make it her own. The creativity behind her unique sound always amazes me- I'd love to know her... Read morePublished on 22 Jun. 2013 by Miss R H Wickens
This is a gem, wonderful music by a very talented lady & very different to anything else I have heard. RecommendedPublished on 27 Feb. 2013 by M. A. Birch
So,could Imogen Heap bring out a solo album that could measure up to the quality of the excellent Details? The answer here is seems to be no. Read morePublished on 29 Jan. 2013 by doug