August 28, 2009
New Albums: Imogen Heap and Collective Soul
Imogen Heap has a very unique style: she mixes Indie music with pop and rock without sounding cliché at all. Her voice is so distinctive and soulful that she can make anything sound good.
The English singer began writing songs at the age of 13 and attended the BRIT School of Performing Arts and Technology in the UK. She was picked up by a label and began working with different pop groups (such as Frou Frou) until she branched out on her own. She has released several albums and is slowly becoming more and more mainstream.
Her newest album, Ellipse, blends her individuality with very pop-sounding music and folky lyrics. At first, the album seems a lot different from her previous solo work. Once you listen to it a few times, though, you see that it’s a nice change and mixture of her old style with a fresh, new approach.
There are 13 new tracks on the album, but if you get the Bonus Track Version, there are 26 tracks. Be sure to check out Ellipse today! You won’t be disappointed.
Collective Soul-Collective Soul (Rabbit)
Collective Soul has been around for a long time. The band was formed in 1992, and seven of their singles have reached #1 in the mainstream rock charts. After 17 years, Collective Soul is still going, and going strong. Their new album, Rabbit (also known simply as Collective Soul), features 11 new tracks from the band.
The songs seem to represent the evolution of rock from the 1990’s to today. They mix their own style (1990’s onward) with nostalgic senses of bands from the 1970’s, 1980’s, and the greats of the 1990’s, including Nirvana, Green Day, Pearl Jam, and other groups of the era. Listening to Collective Soul makes me forget about what people think is rock today (coughNickelbackcough) and what it actually is.
Rabbit is Collective Soul’s 8th studio album (not including compilation, specialty, or EP albums). Every single album has reached the Billboard 200; four of them went multiplatinum. Overall the band has been enormously successful, selling millions of records around the globe. Check out Rabbit today to hear some great new music—with a feel of the 90’s—in stores now!
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