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1[[quoteright:250:]]²²Imogen Jennifer Heap (born December 9, 1977) is a famous alternative singer from Essex, England. She began writing music as a teenager, having [[ChildProdigy learned to play and taught herself to play many instruments as a teenager.]] She got her start in recording music as a guest vocalist for the band Acacia. After Acacia ended, she released her first solo album, ''i Megaphone''. However, despite its popularity, record problems and budget issues resulted in her being dropped from her record label. She began collaborating with Guy Sigsworth, Acacia's programmer and keyboard player. Forming the duo Music/FrouFrou, they released a single album, ''Details'', in 2002. After getting dropped from their label, Imogen created her second solo album, ''Speak For Yourself'' in 2005, and followed it with ''Ellipse'' in 2009. Her fourth album, ''Sparks'', was released in 2014. ²²A large part of her popularity comes from the presence of "Let Go", Frou Frou's SignatureSong, in the movie ''Film/GardenState'', and the use of "Hide and Seek" -- first in the season 2 finale of ''Series/TheOC'', then in the 'Dear Sister' skit on Series/SaturdayNightLive, and finally in Jason Derulo's song 'Whatcha Say'. Unfortunately, the latter has led to many people only knowing her for "Hide and Seek". Given her worldwide popularity, this is sure to change.²----²!!Solo discography²* ''iMegaphone'' (1998)²* ''Speak for Yourself'' (2005)²* ''Ellipse'' (2009)²* ''Sparks'' (2014)²²!! Imogen Heap provides examples of the following tropes:²* AbusiveParents: "Little Bird" (probably).²* AgeProgressionSong: "The Listening Chair". Each minute of the song represents 7 years of her life, and she has stated that she plans to continue adding minutes to the song every 7 years until [[DiedDuringProduction she dies]].²* ApocalypticLog: "The Walk". It presents falling in love by someone who doesn't want to as trying and failing to fend off an unstoppable invading force.²* AntiChristmasSong: "Just for Now" describes a holiday dinner with the family going down in flames.²* AntiLoveSong: "I Am in Love with You", "The Walk", possibly "Loose Ends".²* AudienceParticipationSong: "Hide and Seek" and "Just for Now".²* AutoTune: She uses a vocoder on "Hide and Seek" in order to sing multi-part harmony with herself.²* BestServedCold: "Getting Scared", which is about someone who was bullied for years as a child and gets revenge on their tormenter.²* BigScrewedUpFamily: "Just for Now".²* {{Blackmail}}: "A-Ha!".²* BodyDouble: "Bad Body Double", [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin obviously]].²* BreakupSong: "Loose Ends" is about the slow, quiet dissolution of a relationship.²* CarefulWithThatAxe: "Leave Me to Love". It sounds like a demon got inside the recording studio.²* CloudCuckooLander²* CrappyHolidays: "Just For Now", which describes yet another disastrous family holiday.²* DownerEnding: ''Speak for Yourself'', a quite peppy, quirky album, ends with the slow, dramatic and somewhat scary "The Moment I Said It".²* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Every fan she gained thanks to the one-two punch of Frou Frou's "Let Go" and her own "Hide and Seek" were shocked that her first album, released in 1998, was standard alternative rock fare with a full, growling voice fully evocative of that period.²* EvilTwin: "Bad Body Double".²* ExcitedShowTitle: "Aha!"²* FakeOutFadeOut: "Run-Time"²* FreakOut: Apparently, "First Train Home" was inspired by a minor one.²* GaiasLament / GaiasVengeance: "Earth", where the earth itself is an annoyed mother chastising humanity, her children.²* {{Hypocrite}}: "Aha!"'s first two verses -- one is about a man who, while saying he couldn't eat wheat, or meat, or dairy (because of his own choices, not because of allergies), later ate a chocolate biscuit containing wheat and dairy, knowing its contents. Imogen wasn't amused (especially since she'd just taken a huge amount of care to make him a dinner he could eat). The second verse is about one of her neighbours, who, despite being an environmental activist, bought a gas-guzzling car. Imogen really wasn't amused. [[BreadEggsMilkSquick The third verse is about a murderer.]]²* {{Instrumentals}}: The deluxe version of ''Ellipse'' featured a second disc containing the entire album in this form. Since "The Fire" was already an instrumental, Heap removed the piano solo [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin leaving just the crackling fire]].²** She did it again with ''Sparks''.²* LastNoteNightmare: Both the beginning ''and'' ending to "Leave Me to Love".²** "The Listening Chair". Good ''Lord''.²* LieBackAndThinkOfEngland: Cleverly inverted in "Tidal". Heap implores her lover to make love with her, saying that they have nothing to lose if it they split later.²--> "Do it for England²--> Do it for Love²--> Do it for us, do it for goodness' sake²--> Do it for all the times we wished we had."²* LyricalDissonance: "Goodnight and Go" (a silly, happy song about being infatuated with someone to the point that you're stalking them), "Getting Scared" (a slow but upbeat song about a girl getting revenge on her childhood tormenter), and "Shine" (which is thought to be about someone who is going to commit suicide but finally decides not to, and to keep going with their life), among others.²** She seems rather fond of this trope, if we consider songs like "Loose Ends", "Angry Angel", "I Am in Love with You", "Clear the Area", "Little Bird", "Bad Body Double", "Wait It Out"...²* LyricalTic: She was rather fond of "da da oom" early on, which showed up in "Not You Again" and in the [=iMegaphone=] songs "Candlelight" and "Angry Angel", among others.²* NewSoundAlbum: And how. ''iMegaphone'' is a fairly straightforward alt-rock album, evocative of early PJ Harvey. ''Speak for Yourself'' and everything she's produced since is much more electronic and ethereal. She even sings in a very different voice.²* ObsessionSong: "Goodnight and Go" is a very sweet song... But there's one part in particular...²--> "[[StalkerWithACrush Follow you home]]²--> You've got your headphones on and you're dancing²--> Got lucky, beautiful shot²--> You're taking everything off²--> Watch the curtains, wide open²--> And you fall in the same routine²--> Flicking through the TV²--> Relaxed and reclining²--> ''And you think you're alone...''"²** Also, quite possibly "Swoon".²* {{Parental Love Song}}: The song she did for Sennheiser, [[ "Tiny Human"]], is one for her baby daughter, Scout²* PerishingAltRockVoice²* PrecisionFStrike: Since Heap rarely uses curse words, it's a big deal when she ''does'' use them.²--> '''"Leave Me to Love":''' "I got you a murky light, tell me what can you see? / A huge cloud of shit, hanging over me"²--> '''"Bad Body Double":''' "We look very similar except she's got some grays and a little extra weight on the sides and dimply thighs, I hear that stuff's a bitch to get rid of."²* PurpleProse: ''Ellipse'' saw Heap turning this trope into an art form, to express intangible feelings via concrete sentences.²--> '''Slapping someone obnoxious in "First Train Home":''' "This is an echo game / Irises retreating to ovals of white / The urge to feel your face and blood rushing to paint / My handprint".²--> '''Waking up beside her lover in "Between Sheets":''' "The many windswept yellow stickies of my mind / Or the molten emotional front line / I couldn't care less I'm transfixed in this absolute bliss".²* RefrainFromAssuming: "Hide and Seek" is known in the wider public eye through the "mmmm, whatcha say" section, leading to it often being called "Whatcha Say"; not helping is the fact that a huge ColbertBump for the song occurred through its being sampled in a song ''called'' "Whatcha Say", making this a bizarre EnforcedTrope of sorts.²* {{Scatting}}: She ''loves'' this trope. "Mic Check" is nothing but four and half minutes of her scatting.²* SceneryPorn: "Propeller Seeds" uses "3D" sound to create an aural version of this trope.²* SignificantAnagram: iMegaphone -> Imogen Heap.²* StalkerWithACrush: "Goodnight and Go".²* StatuesqueStunner: She's six feet tall.²* TeacherStudentRomance: "Come Here Boy", formed from a crush she had on a music teacher.²* UnlimitedWardrobe: She has one to rival Music/LadyGaga. More recently, at the Grammys, she wore a dress that displayed the Website/{{Twitter}} messages of fans.²* WhosLaughingNow: The viewpoint character of "Getting Scared" has had enough and goes after her bully. And she's going to ''enjoy'' it.²* WordSaladLyrics: "Lifeline", "Tidal" and "Daylight Robbery", though they still convey quite a lot of meaning in an almost [[Creator/LewisCarroll Carrollian]] fashion.²----


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