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Most recent release, Details (2002)
Frou Frou net
Like a cross between Mandalay and Ivy. (JoAnn.Whetsell)
Own and co-written
Frou Frou is a collaboration between edgy singer-songwriter Imogen Heap and electronic producer Guy Sigsworth. Their work is pop, but not simplistic, and I found that the more I listened to it the more essential it became to me. They're two talented musicians and songshapers, and this shows loud and clear in Frou Frou. (Neile)
Comments about live performance:
I went to the NYC show at the Mercury Lounge and had a good time. There were maybe 40-50 people there (maybe less, maybe more), the place looked pretty full, especially for a 7:30 show, and people were standing up dancing and the sitters were tapping their feet and bopping their heads. All good signs.
Recommended first album:
Details is their only recording as a duo
2002—Universal Island Records—314 586 996-2
Imogen Heap—vocals, guitars, pianos, drums, synthesizers, samplers & music software
Jon Hassel—trumpet on 2 tracks
Imogen Heap and Guy Sigsworth
Guy Sigsworth is an ace electronica producer, known for his work with Björk and Madonna. Imogen Heap is a singer-songwriter, possessed of a strong voice that can sound like Tori Amos one minute, and Sinéad O'Connor the next. Both are multi-instrumentalists with a penchant for hook-laden electronic pop and literate, witty lyrics. Details is slick enough in production to appeal to the more adventurous Madonna crowd, while maintaining its quirks. The whole album goes down easy, like junk food. A CGI-soundscape of glittery technology and jittery beats, Frou Frou is so damn catchy. A cat-and-mouse game is sonically played out, with synthetic sounds chasing acoustic ones, only to meld together and reform. Individual songs transform like puzzle boxes, effortless hopping genres. Each of the songs is worthy of single status; they are finely-honed and stock full of surprises. The songwriting is top notch, with lyrics that, sometimes humorously, sometimes poignantly, take a look at relationships. "Psychobabble" a dramatic song, has the best lyrics, with its extended of metaphor of a hostage situation: "Do just what I tell you/And no-one will get hurt/ Don't come in any closer." This song also features a spellbinding appearance of the Bollywood Orchestra, "Hear Me Out" has a sly reference to Regis Philbin. Heap's voice is rich and mature; it's hard to believe that she's so young. She inhabits each setting perfectly, like a good actress. She sounds amused on "Shh", resigned on "The Dumbing Down of Love". Heap's voice, like Sigsworth's sugary production, threatens to become histrionic. This is the delicious tension that fuels this CD. (email@example.com)
Guy Sigsworth has worked with many bands and artists, including Björk, Imogen Heap's solo work, Madonna, and Mandalay.
Thanks to JoAnn Whetsell for work on this entry.
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