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Editors’ Notes

For a work so heavily reliant upon synthesizers and other unnatural tones, Ellipse sounds surprisingly organic. This is mostly thanks to Imogen Heap’s delicately emotive voice, which she loops and processes into various forms ranging from the scat singing of “Earth” to the bubbly bounce of “Swoon” to the ethereal atmospherics of “Between Sheets” and “Half Life.” Her interesting song structures and the multiple layers of odd electronica give her tunes their rich textures, especially on such standouts as “First Train Home,” “Aha,” and “Canvas.” Not all of the songs on the album are so sonically dense; Heap also offers the relatively minimalist “2-1,” with its slow build and pleasant use of strings, as well as the spare piano instrumental “The Fire.” Ellipse is the third release from the former Frou Frou member and it’s a charming and intriguing patchwork of sounds. This deluxe version includes instrumental versions of each song.

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Fantastic album from a consistently brilliant artist!

Imogen Heap's new album "Ellipse" has been a much anticipated release, her frequent updates and samples only fuelling the giddy excitement of the albums release. This album provided all that was expected and more. Heap combines her trademark electronic sound with a few fresh and experimental pop inserts, crafting an album that will appeal to both existing fans and the larger mainstream music audience.
"First Train Home" - the first single of the album, is upbeat and engaging. A more pop sounding song with a quintessential Imogen style.
"Wait It Out" is in the style of an electronic ballad. Climactic and building, this song is powerful.
"Earth" is not only clever in content, but in its assembly. Created through voice layering in a way to Heap's earlier "Hide and Seek", "Earth" is a track not to be missed for its sheer musical brilliance.
"Little Bird" is possibly one of the weaker tracks on the album, but still full of interesting conceptual work.
"Swoon" is a reprise to "Headlock", with the same urban and gritty electronica with a mouthwatering bass hook. Very upbeat, very easy to get hooked on.
"Tidal" has an ethnic feel to it, reminscent of the string work of subcontinental musiscians combined with a modern pop sound. A highly successful endeavour.
"Between Sheets" is a sweet and endearing piano ballad, easy to listen to.
"Aha!" and "Bad Body Double" are examples of some of Heap's more experimental work, though both excellent in execution and musical value.
"Canvas" is a surreal and beautiful experience. In a similar style to "Wait it Out", but more orchestrated and quite brilliant.
"Half Life" is a signiture piano ballad, pretty and mainstream.
Overall, Heap has produced an excellent, brilliant and delightful album. Anyone who is looking for a foray into non-standard pop should start here.
Highly recommended! *****

Amazing

Amazing album! If you like any of Imogen Heaps other work then this will not be the exception. Every track is as beautiful as the last and the instrumental versions allow you to truly appreciate the music on another level. Stand outs include: Wait it Out, Tidal, Aha!, Canvas and Half Life.

*~We Just Had To Wait It Out~*

After 2 years of recording we can finally have Ellipse. This is truly a brilliant album. Speak For Yourself was amazing, but Ellipse exceeds it in soooo many ways. Ellipse is an immediate Hit in the U.S.A. charting at No. 5 in its first week, and No. 3 on the alternative charts and No. 1 on the electronic charts. Amazing, brilliant, she has a truly remarkable gift that you will hear when you listen to her music!

Biography

Born: 09 December 1977 in Essex, England

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

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, having already established her solo credentials for several years before becoming half of the London-based duo Frou Frou. Although based in London,...
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Ellipse (Bonus Track Version), Imogen Heap
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  • $16.99
  • Genres: Alternative, Music, Electronic
  • Released: 21 August 2009

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