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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Nearly three years in the making, Sparks is an ambitious concept album from Imogen Heap. Almost all of the 14 songs find their origin in short, brief aural snippets of found sounds, audio that is almost buried in the finished form on Sparks but nevertheless gives the album a skittish, otherworldly feeling. Often, the record dances on the far side of elliptical: not only are the rhythms simultaneously skeletal and elastic -- sometimes they barely seem to be there -- but the melodies aren't direct, so it takes a while for this album to sink in. Sometimes, it seems like a spacier, chillier counterpart to tUnE-yArDs; it's not as dense in its arrangements or ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Nearly three years in the making, Sparks is an ambitious concept album from Imogen Heap. Almost all of the 14 songs find their origin in short, brief aural snippets of found sounds, audio that is almost buried in the finished form on Sparks but nevertheless gives the album a skittish, otherworldly feeling. Often, the record dances on the far side of elliptical: not only are the rhythms simultaneously skeletal and elastic -- sometimes they barely seem to be there -- but the melodies aren't direct, so it takes a while for this album to sink in. Sometimes, it seems like a spacier, chillier counterpart to tUnE-yArDs; it's not as dense in its arrangements or allusions but it is cerebral and worldly, refusing to take a direct route when a detour will do. As such, it sometimes walks the line between close listening and a wash of sound, but it's intriguing from whatever angle it is approached. [A two-CD set was also released.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/19/2014
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 888430409521
  • Catalog Number: 304095
  • Sales rank: 8,930

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 You Know Where to Find Me (4:57)
  2. 2 Entanglement (4:19)
  3. 3 The Listening Chair (5:23)
  4. 4 Cycle Song (2:24)
  5. 5 Telemiscommunications - Deadmau5 (3:54)
  6. 6 Lifeline (4:47)
  7. 7 Neglected Space (5:15)
  8. 8 Minds Without Fear (3:42)
  9. 9 Me the Machine (4:27)
  10. 10 Run-Time (4:57)
  11. 11 Climb to Sakteng (3:37)
  12. 12 The Beast (3:26)
  13. 13 Xizi She Knows (4:42)
  14. 14 Propeller Seeds (3:50)
Disc 2
  1. 1 You Know Where to Find Me (4:57)
  2. 2 Entanglement (4:19)
  3. 3 The Listening Chair (5:18)
  4. 4 Cycle Song (2:25)
  5. 5 Telemiscommunications - Deadmau5 (3:54)
  6. 6 Lifeline (4:47)
  7. 7 Neglected Space (5:15)
  8. 8 Minds Without Fear (3:42)
  9. 9 Me the Machine (4:27)
  10. 10 Run-Time (4:57)
  11. 11 Climb to Sakteng (3:37)
  12. 12 The Beast (3:26)
  13. 13 Xizi She Knows (4:42)
  14. 14 Propeller Seeds (3:50)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Imogen Heap Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals
George Brooks screams, Shouts
Flea screams, Shouts
Ian Burdge Cello
Mark Taylor Balloon, Crowd Noise
B.o.B Vocals
Banwari Lal Ji String Instrument
Emma Smith Violin, Viola
Kheng Sonam Dorji Vocals
Vishal-Shekhar Vocals
Vincent Sipprell Violin, Viola
Simon Parkinson screams, Shouts
Paul Young screams, Shouts
Lindsey Nelson screams, Shouts
Alan Reitsch screams, Shouts
Zhu Chunhang Electric Guitar
Zhao Yiwei Pipa
Thomas Ermacora Vocals, screams, Shouts
The Papuler Band Background Vocals
Sydea screams, Shouts
Rory Karsten Stampa screams, Shouts
Roger Barker screams, Shouts
Richard Dann screams, Shouts
Rachel Blackford Balloon, Crowd Noise
Phil Singleton screams, Shouts
Penelope Waters screams, Shouts
Nuns at Penjor Choling Nunnery Chant
Nigel Oxley screams, Shouts
Naomi Kachiwagi screams, Shouts
Marion Blair screams, Shouts
Lois Amos screams, Shouts
Li Gongyi Drums
Li Benxian Bass
Juliet Heap screams, Shouts
Jonathan Angwin Balloon, Crowd Noise
John Millar screams, Shouts
Ingrid Williams screams, Shouts
Imogen Ridge Harp
Ian Guyver screams, Shouts
Heather Sherry screams, Shouts
Hannah Brock Guzheng
Gareth James Rose screams, Shouts
Frank Van Hasselt screams, Shouts
Felix Thorn Machines
Evie Hilyer-Ziegler Violin
Euan Mills screams, Shouts
Edmun Coleville Tihomir screams, Shouts
Dalibor Tomko screams, Shouts
Colin Jupp screams, Shouts
Colin Gordon screams, Shouts
Chromer Smith screams, Shouts
Charlie Moritz screams, Shouts
Catherine Elizabeth Bertrand screams, Shouts
Carol Thorne screams, Shouts
Breanne Smith screams, Shouts
Bill Amos screams, Shouts
Angela Koch screams, Shouts
Andrea Lizakova screams, Shouts
Technical Credits
Nick Ryan Engineer, Concept, Sound Design, Additional Production
Simon Heyworth Mastering
Imogen Heap Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Orchestration, Concept, Instrumentation, Sound Design
Andy Carne Art Direction, Concept, Cover Photo, Photo Manipulation
Deadmau5 Composer
B.o.B Composer
Emma Smith Engineer
Vishal-Shekhar Composer, Additional Production
Rob Thomas Sound Design
Vincent Sipprell Engineer
Warren Mendonsa Engineer
Alexander Goodman Engineer
Abujit Nalani Engineer
Peter Stoddard Engineer
Michael Lebor Engineer
Kelly Snook Engineer, Studio Manager, Field Recording, Pro-Tools
Hedley Dindoyal Engineer
Gesha Zhu Engineer
Cecilie Kamp Illustrations
Ben Henretig Engineer, Field Recording
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  • Posted September 26, 2014

    She's on a very slow side, but Imogen can still create interesti

    She's on a very slow side, but Imogen can still create interesting and occasionally catchy tracks. Perhaps not quite as many per album as she used to, but she's still just about ahead of any other comparable commercial artist.

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