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wish she didn't force herself this way
I love Imogen Heap. A fantastic artist and producer. At first I was skeptical of the whole process - blogging, using fan samples, etc... - but watched a few of the blog spots and found it to be quite interesting and cool.
Given the timeline she gave herself, what she's done here is impressive, but this pales in comparison to the work she did on Ellipse. I've listened to the track about 10 times now, but it sounds incomplete and lacks a sonic arc that gives it the umpf most of the Ellipse tracks had. It sounds more like a demo that (surprise surprise) was thrown together quickly because you've only got two weeks to get something out to the masses.
As far as I know, Ellipse was the only record that she hasn't done on a preconceived timeline/deadline, so it comes as no shock to me that it is by far her most mature and well-balanced work. Not that deadlines are bad things - otherwise, nobody would get anything done! But even Imogen expressed skepticism about the quality of this track a day before its release. She hadn't even really finished all of the lyrics!
I really wish she would slow down and realize that most of the time, great art comes to fruition on its own timeline, not the other way around. I would rather that she announced it was going to take an extra week, month, or year to get the track up to par rather than release something because her calendar told her to.
Most Original Artist in a looong time.
However, the process in which Heap built this song is sublime.
The process and creation of this track was an incredible thing to watch unfold day by day. I hope that #heapsong2 follows its footsteps, can't wait for more!
Born: December 9, 1977 in Essex, England
Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s
Top Albums and Songs by Imogen Heap
||Hide and Seek||Speak for Yourself||4:28||$0.69||View In iTunes|
||CleanCongratulations||Foiled||4:01||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Speeding Cars||Goodnight and Go - Single||3:31||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||First Train Home||Ellipse (Bonus Track Version)||4:13||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Headlock||Speak for Yourself||3:36||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||First Train Home||First Train Home - Single||4:13||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Goodnight and Go||Speak for Yourself||3:52||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||The Moment I Said It||Speak for Yourself||5:56||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Wait It Out||Ellipse (Bonus Track Version)||3:57||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Hide & Seek 2||Songs for Tibet - The Art of Peace||4:16||$0.99||View In iTunes|