Imogen Heap - Sparks
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2014 Ratings: #744 / 1004
User Score
Based on 30 ratings
Liked by 1 person
August 18, 2014 / Release Date
LP / Format
Megaphonic, RCA / Label
Imogen Heap / Producer
Electronica, Art Pop / Genres
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This one is going to need further inspection. Maybe by the third or fourth listen I’ll be sold. I’ve recently discovered the insanely talented artist/producer that is Imogen Heap and I’m nothing short of obsessed. This doesn’t strike me like Speak for Yourself or even her debut. Still I commend it for its unique sonic presence. I’m wondering if the average listener doesn’t automatically connect with this because I had a feeling I would.
This is indeed a collection of 'sparks' of creativity. After reading that a lot of these songs came out as releases through social media on a song-by-song basis, it makes complete sense. This is a collection of great songs, but not a cohesive album.
Imogen Heap's fourth and perhaps strangest album is a bit of a mess, mostly due to its four year incubating process, during which most of these songs were created and released in direct view of her internet fanbase and the public via social media. There were a few misfires, and the production is not as excellent as her previous albums, but as a collection of singles, I'd say this is a largely underrated slice of adult-contemporary electro-pop. The oldest song here, "Lifeline", ... read more
She still sounds lost and inadequate to all the big things she wants to be.
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Track List

  1. You Know Where to Find Me 
  2. Entanglement
  3. The Listening Chair  
  4. Cycle Song 
  5. Telemiscommunications (with deadmau5) 
  6. Lifeline   
  7. Neglected Space   
  8. Minds Without Fear (with Vishal-Shekhar) 
  9. Me the Machine   
  10. Run-Time   
  11. Climb to Sakteng   
  12. The Beast   
  13. Xizi She Knows   
  14. Propeller Seeds  
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Added on: December 14, 2013