Imogen Heap - Speak For Yourself (Megaphonic Records 25/07/05) Album Review
Speak For Yourself
(Megaphonic Records 25/07/05)
Soothing South London bubble pop is built around slow and soft Dido with droplets of Bjork and Aimee Mann vocals that meander through this lush offering. ‘Have You Got It In You?’ is a provocative poser that features rumbling backing instrumentation, as doubts about other people’s motives are exposed. This 3rd album cements Imogen’s status as an endearing and no frills pop purveyor. The empty nature of relationshipscomes under the microphonein a laid back bluesy nature,featuring tumultuous R N B instrumental interludes in ‘Loose Ends’, while the lyrics are sharp and to the point;
“So what do you say we give it up and walk away?
We’re overrated anyway.
We’re kissing without kissing; we’ve got it down to a fine art.”
Despite passing the respectability mark at least an album ago, Imogen has not lost any of her edge; deciding to shun the lure of major labels, by re-mortgaging her flat and releasing this album on her own label. Her vibrant independence shines through the sonic boom of ‘Daylight Robbery’ that possesses quivering bass lines and a nifty electro kick. The aforementioned bold decision has not affected the sound or recording quality on this offering, as Imogen continues to show the vibrant and alternative side to pop music (yes, it does exist, believe it or not?).