Speak for Yourself

Speak for Yourself is the second solo album by British singer Imogen Heap, following her collaborative effort with Guy Sigsworth as Frou Frou. The album was released in the United States in 2005. It was written, produced, arranged, and funded by Heap, without the backing of a record label, and features guest appearances from Jeff Beck, who provides a guitar solo on "Goodnight and Go", and Heap's ex-boyfriend, Richie Mills, who argues with her on "The Moment I Said It".

Speak for Yourself
Imogen Heap - Speak For Yourself.jpg
Studio album by
Released18 July 2005
Recorded2005
Genre
Length49:27
LabelMegaphonic
RCA Victor (US)
White Rabbit (UK)
ProducerImogen Heap
Imogen Heap chronology
iMegaphone
(1998)
Speak for Yourself
(2005)
Ellipse
(2009)
Singles from Speak for Yourself
  1. "Hide and Seek"
    Released: 19 May 2005
  2. "Goodnight and Go"
    Released: 26 April 2006
  3. "Headlock"
    Released: 2 October 2006
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
About.com5/5 stars[3]
AllMusic4/5 stars[4]
Drowned in Sound8/10[5]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[6]
Pitchfork6.4/10[7]
PopMatters6/10[8]

ReleaseEdit

Speak for Yourself was released in the United States in 2005, and released in the UK through Imogen Heap's own label, Megaphonic Records, in a digipak created specifically by Heap, before being licensed to White Rabbit Recordings in 2006 for the UK and international markets. It is licensed to RCA Victor in the US, where the first run of 10,000 copies were copy protected and encased in the digipak (further editions are in a standard jewel case with a cardboard slipcase).[citation needed] As of August 2009, it has sold 431,000 copies in the US according to Nielsen SoundScan.[9] The album has also achieved gold status in Canada.[10] In the United Kingdom the album has sold 39,000 copies.[11] Songs Hide and Seek, Speeding Cars and Goodnight and Go have sold 647,000, 223,000 and 159,000 copies in United States.[11]

Speak for Yourself was re-released digitally in deluxe, standard, and Instrumental versions on 24 December 2012.[12]

In popular cultureEdit

"Hide and Seek" and "Goodnight and Go", the album's lead and second single respectively, were both featured in episodes of the US TV drama The O.C., as was "Speeding Cars". "The Moment I Said It" was used in the Criminal Minds episode called "Seven Seconds" and in the Ghost Whisperer episode called "The Gravesitter". "Can't Take It In" was featured in the film The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. "Clear the Area" was sampled by rapper/lyricist Saint. "Hide and Seek" was also used as the soundtrack for an advert by Sky promoting the Series 5 Finale of a television series, Lost. In 2009, "Hide and Seek" was sampled as the hook in the lead single for Jason Derulo, titled "Whatcha Say". The track "The Moment I Said It" was used for a group routine on season 3 of the show, So You Think You Can Dance choreographed by Mia Michaels. Rapper XV also sampled the track "Speeding Cars" for the song "Textbook Stuff" which featured Kendrick Lamar. The song "Just for Now" was featured in the 2006 romantic comedy The Holiday and was later covered by Kelly Clarkson for her 2013 Christmas album, Wrapped in Red.

Track listingEdit

All tracks are written by Imogen Heap.

Standard edition
No.TitleLength
1."Headlock"3:36
2."Goodnight and Go"3:52
3."Have You Got It in You?"4:10
4."Loose Ends"3:40
5."Hide and Seek"4:28
6."Clear the Area"4:14
7."Daylight Robbery"3:21
8."The Walk"5:14
9."Just for Now"3:00
10."I Am in Love with You"3:08
11."Closing In"4:48
12."The Moment I Said It"5:56
Total length:49:27

ChartsEdit

Chart (2005–06) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[13] 145
US Top Dance/Electronic Albums (Billboard)[14] 2
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[15] 1

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[10] Gold 40,000*
United States (RIAA)[16] Gold 500,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release historyEdit

Region Date Version
United States 18 July 2005 Standard version
Canada 17 April 2006
Mexico
United Kingdom
Japan 21 March 2007
Various 24 December 2012 Deluxe version

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/4025-speak-for-yourself/
  2. ^ https://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/8222/Imogen-Heap-Speak-For-Yourself/
  3. ^ About.com review
  4. ^ AllMusic review
  5. ^ Ridgway, Julian (18 July 2005). "Album Review: Imogen Heap – Speak For Yourself". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 25 July 2005.
  6. ^ "'Speak For Yourself' by Imogen Heap: EW Review". Entertainment Weekly.
  7. ^ Pitchfork review
  8. ^ PopMatters review
  9. ^ Caulfield, Keith (2 September 2009). "Colbie Caillat's No. 1, Miley Crashes Party On Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved 29 January 2019.
  10. ^ a b "Canadian album certifications – Imogen Heap – Speak for Yourself". Music Canada. Retrieved 12 January 2016.
  11. ^ a b Sutherland, Mark (20 June 2009). "Greatest Synchs". Billboard. Retrieved 29 January 2019.
  12. ^ http://speakforyourself.imogenheap.com/
  13. ^ "Imogen Heap Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
  14. ^ "Imogen Heap Chart History (Top Dance/Electronic Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
  15. ^ "Imogen Heap Chart History (Heatseekers Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
  16. ^ "American album certifications – Imogen Heap – Speak for Yourself". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 11 January 2016. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.