Imogen Heap - First Train Home (Epic Records)

Mary Stokes | Sunday, 18 October 2009

Imogen Heap - First Train Home (Epic Records)

Written when Imogen Heap felt "her heart wasn't in it" at a party, 'First Train Home' is the first single to be taken from her top 40 album, Ellipse.

Inspired by a party she was so desperate to leave she caught the first train home. And yet none of that emotion and desire has been reflected in the composition. Instead, the pleasant repetition, the jaunty rhythms and concordant harmonies paint a picture that is quite simply 'nice' - the musical equivalent of a conversation merely made up of chit-chat.

Ellipse debuted at number one in the iTunes download chart, suggesting Heap is now reaching out to a more mainstream audience. And compared with some of her back catalogue, First Train Home is much poppier, with the repeated chorus and bridge being reminiscent of Enya. The subject matter too is universal, as everyone at some point has been desperate to catch the first train/bus home to escape from an uncomfortable or awkward situation.

But with none of the emotion or depth of her previous work, it doesn't have the same soulful resonance that is almost synonymous with Imogen Heap's name. And so, at the end of the day, the track is simply found lacking.

Rating: 2.5/5