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By: Emily J Ramey

Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

It’s been almost four years since her last album, Speak for Yourself, and Imogen Heap’s fans, like me, had probably resorted to listening to “Goodnight and Go” and “Hide and Seek” on repeat.  Needless to say, we were clamoring to get a hold of her third full length solo work, Ellipse, the moment it came out.

“Hide and Seek,” as well as the rest of Speak for Yourself, turned heads everywhere in the music world and established for Imogen a zealous and steadfast fan base (who call her “Immie” as though they know her personally and waited patiently those long years in between albums), but Ellipse is colorful and fearless.

The two most memorable songs on the album favor foreign instrumentation: “Earth” features feathery vocal layering and a radiant African beat, and “Canvas” incorporates a Celtic folk feel, using minor scales and off beats to convey a graceful melancholy that would be at home among the rolling emerald hills of Ireland.

Other focus tracks include the single, “First Train Home,” with its gliding momentum and pensive chorus, “First train home/I’ve go to get on it;” modern, wispy “Swoon,” with a slow build to its dynamic finish; love song “Between Sheets” emotes with quiet elegance and rapt simplicity with a piano accompaniment reminiscent of rain falling; and “Aha!” is playfully mischievous and a bit witchy.

Imogen Heap has used her third album as a display of her unaffected talent and wide-ranging capabilities, and as such, Ellipse has regained her status as queen of electro-pop.


Emily J Ramey is a burgeoning young music writer, living and working in Nashville, TN. Her background includes journalism classes at New York University and a Music Business degree from Belmont University. Check out her blog at


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By : Andrew Vaughan

As the whole world begins to focus on The United Kingdoms capital city the evangelical music fan in me has ben reminded of the feature I wrote here a couple of years ago on a few of London’s rock and roll hotels. A lot of questions followed, mostly music fans and tourists wanting more specific information.

So, with the Olympics here and with thousands of you heading to London for the sports fiesta, this American based “Londoner” doesn’t want anyone to miss out on a huge opportunity to discover some of London’s greatest musical landmarks. So the next few Music City 411 blogs are going to see me waxing lyrical about the music heritage of my hometown. And for anyone visiting for the first time and wanting to spend some time exploring London’s musical history I’ve highlighted some safe and top-rated music-flavored hotels to make your trip as easy and rewarding as possible. I’ve stayed, eaten and drank in all the places I talk about and traipsed every street been in every venue mentioned and ridden every bus train and taxi recommended.

So let’s start where it all started. The Beatles!


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