Speak for Yourself

Speak for Yourself

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by Imogen Heap
     
 

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Like Björk, Imogen Heap seems to struggle to balance her impulses for structured pop with her desire for experimental art. While the Icelandic chanteuse keeps moving further and further to the "art" side, the British Heap slides seamlessly along the pop/art continuum, and she's all the more alluring as a result. After collaborating with Guy…  See more details below

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Like Björk, Imogen Heap seems to struggle to balance her impulses for structured pop with her desire for experimental art. While the Icelandic chanteuse keeps moving further and further to the "art" side, the British Heap slides seamlessly along the pop/art continuum, and she's all the more alluring as a result. After collaborating with Guy Sigsworth on her first solo album and then in the band Frou Frou, Heap wrote and produced Speak for Yourself herself using clipped, glitchy beats, synthetic strings, bubbly keyboard effects, and occasional guitars. On the pop end of the spectrum, songs like the bouncy "Loose Ends" and the shimmery "Goodnight and Go" (which also appeared on Music from the O.C., Mix 4) feature memorable choruses and conventional structures; "Loose Ends" is full of kinetic energy, "Goodnight" a seductive ballad. On the art end, the a cappella "Hide and Seek" is eerie and haunting, and the buzzy "Daylight Robbery" is dense and dark (it's reminiscent of '80s shoe-gazers like Curve -- and that's a good thing). And in the middle ground, which is the heart of the album, lie songs such as the spare "Headlock" and the ethereal, Kate Bush–like "Just for Now," which balance beautifully introspective melodies with unexpected dynamic shifts and heavily processed backing vocals. With her breathy alto, Imogen Heap has crafted an impressive, widely varied yet coherent album, one that continues to enchant with repeated listens.

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All Music Guide - John D. Luerssen
The U.S. debut solo album by Frou Frou vocalist Imogen Heap is a captivating record that fuses innovative electronic soundscapes with a strong female voice. If "Goodnight and Go" -- a lilting, pulsating, and hit-ready concoction -- and the alluring, synthesized pop of "Hide and Seek" are the most direct numbers, experimental numbers like the ethereal "Have You Got It in You?" plus the rhythm-fueled "Headlock" and "Loose Ends" suggest Heap has written and produced the finest electro/alt rock CD of 2005. By the time the eclectic, innovative "Closing In" arrives late in the cycle of Speak for Yourself, there's little denying it.

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Release Date:
11/01/2005
Label:
Rca Victor
UPC:
0828767253220
catalogNumber:
72532
Rank:
12398

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Speak for Yourself 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
first song i had heard was hide and seek and it was interesting. the music is unique in some way like bjork and frou frou which she was in. another song i love is the walk.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first track I heard was "Hide and Seek" and I just couldn't get it out of my head. It was mesmerizing. I bought the CD on a whim and have been listening to it nonstop ever since. My favorite tracks are "Hide and Seek" and "Goodnight and Go" but I love all of them. Imogen Heap is a genius.
ProfessorJuliana More than 1 year ago
This has to be one of the most intriguing cds that I've ever heard! It is fresh and new and full of artistic quality! Imogen Heap wrote and produced this cd which makes it even more amazing! Each song has a unique tune and edge to it! I highly suggest that you listen to this cd no matter what your musical preference is!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I've waited sooo long to get my hands on this CD...I wanted to go to London just to get her CD! Luckily I've been able to purchase a few songs for my iPod while not so patiently waiting but it's just not enough! Her voice will give you the chills. There is a track for every mood or day you're having because her lyrics are suprisingly real. Track 5 is definetely my first favorite but now they all are! ~Jessica
Guest More than 1 year ago
Imogen Heap, of the duo FROU FROU, famous for their song, Let Go, which made an appearance in the movie Garden State and its subsequent Soundtrack, makes her American debut with SPEAK FOR YOURSELF, a solo album in which she wrote, sang, and recorded every piece of music. The results have paid off greatly. 'Hide and Seek' won a much coveted position as the last song to be played in the Season Finale of the television show, The O.C. This a Capella piece takes full advantage of Heap's range and her skill at implementing vocoded voices. As poetic as haunting, many have claimed that the album peaks at 'Hide and Seek.' The rest of the songs, however, are far from lacking. 'Goodnight and Go' is a sweet declaration of an inability to stay out of love. A catchy song featured on the O.C. Mix 5 Soundtrack, Heap manages to hint at the humor of the situation, when she so mischievously sings, "You'd sleep here, I'd sleep there. But then the heating may be down at my convenience." 'Loose Ends' boasts an extremely catchy tune and remains the most sonically pleasing, while 'Daylight Robbery' is driven by pure energy, the force of Heap's voice, and her own unique type of anger. 'The Moment I Said It' shows to those who hesitate to give credit where credit is due that Heap's voice is capable for carrying emotion and striking at heartstrings without the use of synthesizers. To quote Heap, "Possibly I'm most proud of 'The Moment I said It.' It really seems to get under people's skin and that at the end of the day is what it's all about." It is melody that haunts to the ends of the earth, floats to the edge of both human cruelties and tenderness, and resolves with no actual resolution at all. Beautiful. SPEAK FOR YOURSELF has become one of the best albums of 2005, and has been critically acclaimed by audiences worldwide. Truly a great piece of work. In a world filled with angry voices, Imogen Heap's calming, captivating voice - a voice that still does not shy away from the brutal honesty of life- reminds the listener that the skill and true musical talent of a solo singer, so rare in modern times, will always rise to the top. 5/5
Guest More than 1 year ago
The best cd ever!!! I recommend it to everyone... Also, I like her song in the Chronicles of Narnia Soundtrack...Cant Take It In. I heart Imogen!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first fell in love with Imogen's work when I did a modern piece to "Hide and Seek", and it was one of the few songs that I could listen to over and over again without getting sick of it (I'm still not!). I haven't bought the actual CD yet, but I've listened to some of her other songs from outside sources, and I'm simply amazed by all of it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Love it, Love it, Love it!!! Such fantastic, mesmerizing, unique, uplifting vocals and music that just draws you in from the get-go and begs to be played again and again, always offering new perspectives that keeps it fresh and fun. How did she do it!?! The other reviews have already, perfectly, described the tracks. I've given this CD as a gift to my niece (who is 19) and to myself (age 45) and to a dear friend (a very cool 60 yr old) only to find that all of us have instantly been hooked on Imogen - Speak For Yourself. Kudos on an amazing piece of art, and thank you for sharing your gift, Imogen!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The main reason I bought &quot Speak For Yourself&quot was because I was so taken with her song from &quot The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe,&quot and I am so happy I did! The music is so innovative and bizarre (she credits that trains that drive by her flat in her instruments), and her songs are wholly original and captivating. She's quickly become one of my favourite artists. My favourite sngs on the CD are &quot Headlock,&quot &quot Hide and Seek,&quot and &quot The Walk.&quot &quot Daylight Robbery&quot is also a ton of fun. That is essentially what this CD is: fun and enjoyable.
CraziiLoudLuvnIt_1017 More than 1 year ago
I am in love with Imogen and her work.
I heard "Headlock" on someone's myspace and fell in love.
She's just so soulful and "Hide And Seek" is pure genius
An amazing album
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