Imogen Heap

I Megaphone

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There's no denying the sonic and lyrical punch that embodies much of I Megaphone, the debut release from classically trained pianist Imogen Heap. The influence of both Kate Bush, musically, and Patti Smith, attitudinally, come through over the course of the record. Heap kicks things off with the wonderful "Getting Scared." Over an electronic groove, she delivers the lyric, a swan to ugly duckling tome brought to adult fruition with a style reminiscent of Liz Phair. Despite working with various musicians and three producers, including Dave Stewart, Heap manages to deliver an effort that is surprisingly seamless. Highlights include the aggressive "Angry Angel," the pretty piano-driven "Candlelight," and the passionate, sensual "Come Here Boy." A compelling album chock-full of engaging melodies delivered in a memorable voice.

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