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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. (The deluxe version includes instrumental versions of each song.)

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Imogen Heap has Dazzled us again!!!

Imogen Heap has Dazzled us again!!! The long awaited 3rd album from Mrs Heap is a breathy cheery thought of freshness! First Train Home has the most Fantastic intro to a song that probably has ever been made. Very magical sounding and it slowly builds and draws you into the start of the song with it's cryptic lyrics about feeling detached at a social event and wanting to escape and get a way as fast as you can and at the first chance you get! Wait It out is catchy and a fantastic second track. The end has a slight Ode to Hide and Seek. Canvas (Inspired by a real Artist that paints on a black canvas with white paint in the remote arctic) Swoon, Tidal, Aha, Canvas, are all other noticable tracks that smooth through the album, ending with Half Life, A peacfull, but yet sorrowfull ending to Immi's latest musical journey.

A Big Fan Has a Big Disappointment

I never thought I could rate Heap with less than four stars, but here I am giving her new album a mediocre rating. I have waited so long for this to come out, even browsing her online blogs and soaking in all her other music in the meantime. Where is the originality and passion of 'Speak for Yourself'? I fell in love with that CD and have listened to it on constant repeat for years, adoring how every song stands out from the rest. But 'Ellipse' seems more like Imogen's earlier work with Frou Frou or her very first solo album. The beats and lyrics are more about sending a message (very indie-pop) than they are about creating new and exciting music (which is what I was desperately hoping for). The song 'Canvas' is what I expected of Heap, and I suppose I was expecting the whole album to be as unique and catchy as that one track. But after listening to the other songs, I can't really remember their names or anything particularly special about them. It breaks my heart to see that maybe 'Speak for Yourself' may be as good as it gets.


Maybe I need to listen to the albulm again, but honestly, when I compare 'Ellipse' to her previous 'Speak for Yourself', I have to say this is a couple of steps down. I didn't find a song I'd gladly listen to over and over again like I did in her previous albulms. I wouldn't say 'Ellipse' is bad- it's great compared to several other artists, I just think that this isn't at all near the best that she could do.


Born: December 9, 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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