November 10, 2005

Test Spin: Imogen Heap

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I know that you’ve heard the song “Let Go” by Frou Frou on the Garden State soundtrack. Well, Frou Frou’s vocalist, Imogen Heap, has released her second solo album, Speak For Yourself. Heap is a classically trained pianist, so I expected her to be another Tori Amos wannabe. Luckily, I was pleasantly surprised. Instead of just being another piano-playing singer/songwriter, Heap is a truly innovative artist, with her wonderful blend of vocals and techno beat-laced instrumentals. My iTunes labels Heap as pop, but I’m pretty sure that she can’t be classified. Her music doesn’t sound like anything I’ve ever heard, except for that of her former band and its uniqueness is by no means a bad thing.

The whole album is enjoyable and perfect if you want something fun but mellow. “Goodnight & Go,” which has been played on The O.C., is a standout song with its fun beat and catchy lyrics, but really, the whole album is impressive. If you like pop music, you should definitely check out Speak for Yourself.

Archived article by Tara Tavernia
Sun Contributor