YMMV: Imogen Heap

  • Awesome Music: It goes without saying, but "Hide and Seek".
    • "Getting Scared" is chillingly awesome, too.
    • "The Walk."
    • "The Moment I Said It" and "Shine", too.
    • From Ellipse, "Swoon", "Earth", "Aha!" and "Bad Body Double".
    • "My Secret Friend", a song she made with Chris Corner of IAMX.
    • Wait, no love for Tidal and Just for now?! Just see this live performance!
    • "2-1". It was originally going to be put on the soundtrack of Prince Caspian until it was decided that it was too dark.
  • Creator Backlash/Tough Act to Follow: While she's certainly still fond of it, she believes that what made "Hide and Seek", arguably her most famous song, special is impossible to recreate and therefore she's not ever going to try to do so.
    • Which is ludicrous, given that '2-1' isn't really dark at all — the music is sombre and the lyrics are mostly philosophical.
  • Ear Worm: "Mmm... / What'd you say? / That you only meant well? / Well, of course you did!"
    • "It's complicated/This time I think it could be / Triangulated / It could be just what we need."
    • "It's not meant to be like this / It's not what I planned at all."
  • Face of the Band: When she was in Frou Frou.
  • Funny Moments: All of her vBlogs have this, but special mention goes to the 39th blog, where after she informs us that she's finished the album, we get about a minute of her and various other people saying 'She's finished!' in various situations (including painting a wall, lifting weights, and running around the garden with an umbrella.)
  • Growing the Beard: Arguably, Speak for Yourself. Why? Because it has "Hide and Seek" on it.
    • To be serious, Speak for Yourself was considerably more polished and well-made than the rough, raw iMegaphone. Note that this is not saying that iMegaphone was bad, just that Speak for Yourself is more... grown-up, say.
  • Heartwarming Moments: Her vBlogs, which chronicle both the making of Ellipse and Imogen's renovations of her family home. Hearing the love and pride in her voice as she talks about her house... it's really sweet.
  • Memetic Mutation: "Hide and Seek" was played during the climax of a The O.C. episode. The Saturday Night Live sketch "Dear Sister" parodies the use of "Hide and Seek", and the song begins to play every time someone got shot (which was a lot). Now you can find a lot of Dear Sister parodies on YouTube. There are even fad crossovers: "Mmm WHAT YOU SAY!!"
    • It's Popular, Now It Sucks: This is one of the few times a Memetic Mutation actually KILLED a song. A lot of people loved this song before it became overused and unfunny. Thanks, internet.
    • On the other hand, even those who found the song after its mutation, with only the meme as context, still very much enjoy it. At least some do. A stellar AMV uses a remix to good effect here.
    • As mentioned in Sampled Up, Lil B and Clams Casino's sampling of "Just for Now" has spawned a number of Youtubers attempting to remake the beat or otherwise sampling the song.
  • Mondegreen: A lot of people mishear 'Embers of Love' as 'Decembers of Love' because of the line 'I will remember, these embers of love'.
  • Never Live It Down: The only thing people seem to remember her for is the use of "Hide and Seek" on The O.C. (which was later used on Saturday Night Live for the infamous Digital Short parody). Never mind that it's actually a bloody good song...
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • "Rake It In" — there's about twenty seconds in the middle that consists of Immi thumping away on the piano, combined with carnivalesque music and the sound of screams... And when you combine that with the lyrics...
    • The beginning and end of "Leave Me to Love". It sounds like a demon got hold of recording equipment.
  • Refrain from Assuming: Hide and Seek is not named "Whatcha Say" — that's the name of a Jason Derulo song that heavily samples the song. The song is also not called "Dear Sister" (that one's the name of a SNL sketch).
  • Sampled Up: "Hide and Seek" sometimes gets this from Jason Derulo's "Whatcha Say", which heavily uses Imogen's song while giving it no credit whatsoever.
    • "Just for Now" was sampled by producer Clams Casino on at least two of his beats — "I'm God" by Lil B, and Demons by A$AP Rocky. This actually helped get a few hip-hop fans into Imogen Heap.
  • Signature Song: "Hide and Seek".
  • Shrug of God: Imogen Heap is not telling us what "Hide and Seek" is about, no matter how often her fans ask.
  • Tear Jerker: "The Moment I Said It".
    • Her cover of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah".
    • "Hide and Seek" was definitely a Tear Jerker before the internet killed it.
    • Also, the end of "Little Bird".
    • For some in an unrequited love, "Goodnight and Go" can be horribly depressing.
    "Why'd you have to be so cute?
    It's impossible to ignore you.
    Must you make me laugh so much?
    It's bad enough we get along so well...
    Say goodnight and go."
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible: A lot of her videos.
    • The lyrics for some of her songs are complete gibberish.
  • What Could Have Been: Originally, she wrote "2-1" for the soundtrack to the PrinceCaspian film, but it was rejected and the track ended up on Ellipse.
    • Same thing happened to "Entanglement" for the film of "Breaking Dawn". Apparently, the lyrics were considered too raunchy.
  • The Woobie: The protagonist of "The Moment I Said It".