Heap - I Megaphone
My Pride With a Knife
Alanis Morrisette's attitude with Fiona Apple's sultry voice,
with Tori Amos' lyrical motifs, and you have this awesome
London newcomer, Imogen Heap.
online in a telnet chat, talking to another toriphile, and
then she asks me, "Have you ever heard of Imogen Heap?"
"Imogen Heap. I've been playing her a lot. Someone told me
that she sounded sorta like Tori, so I ordered the CD for
like $6. You should check her out.
"I might have to," I thought.
day, when I went to Best Buy, I saw this album on sale for
$9.99 and thought "What the hey? I'll give it a shot." I immediately
liked it as soon as I put it in my CD player.
hear any resemblance to Tori at all with the first listening.
In fact, the first song, "Getting Scared" reminded me of the
anger in Alanis' "You Oughta Know." Then, as the CD moved
onto "Oh Me Oh My," I heard Fiona all over it; this song reminded
me of "Shadowboxer." The only thing that remotely reminded
me of Tori was the fact that one of the instruments featured
in some of the songs was a piano. However, Imogen doesn't
play the piano.
Imogen wrote her lyrics and sings her songs full of passion,
but she doesn't play any instruments. I kept thinking, "Okay,
where do I see Tori?" It occurred to me after a few listenings
of the album, during the songs "Sweet Religion," "Candlelight,"
and "Sleep." "Sweet Religion" has the feel of Tori's "Crucify"
and "Precious Things" together. "Candlelight" rings similar
to a recovery process of Tori's "Me and a Gun."
the more I listen to this CD, the more I hear Imogen, not
the other artists that I have mentioned. While she has their
feel, she really has her own unique sound and lyrics. I really
respect her for creating such a powerful, life-questioning
album. The more I listen to the album, the more I want to
share with others. It is truly an awesome album.
Even though the album doesn't credit Imogen with playing the
piano on her album, I've been informed by a couple of fans
who've seen her live that she DEFINITELY plays the piano during
her performances. Thanks for the emails.
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