• Record Label: RCA
  • Release Date: Aug 19, 2014
Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
Buy On
  1. Sep 22, 2014
    80
    By the end of Sparks, there is really nothing else left to do but marvel at the brilliance of Imogen Heap.
  2. Aug 21, 2014
    80
    The most vital strand of Sparks, probably, is its quality.
  3. Aug 19, 2014
    80
    It often feels more like a particularly ambitious performance art project than a collection of songs. But persevere and you'll be well rewarded.
  4. Aug 19, 2014
    80
    It sometimes walks the line between close listening and a wash of sound, but it's intriguing from whatever angle it is approached.
  5. Aug 19, 2014
    80
    Much as it tries to be quirky and difficult, it is in fact a wonderfully satisfying listen.
  6. Aug 19, 2014
    70
    The circuits run deep, but Heap keeps the machines from winning; even when experiments spin out of her control--or produce the occasional inert result--it comes honestly from messy curiosity, not mechanical autopilot.
  7. 67
    It’s a challenge to listen intently, to absorb the myriad strands she weaves together, so repeat exposure is both necessary and ultimately rewarding.
  8. Aug 22, 2014
    64
    Sparks is an album containing its share of diamonds, but only if you’re willing to sift through the rough in order to find them.
  9. Q Magazine
    Aug 29, 2014
    60
    At times, it's a frustrating, self-absorbing listen. [Oct 2014, p.110]
  10. 60
    No one expects sing-along, hit single material from the edgy, thought-provoking Heap, but this seems excessively random.
  11. Aug 19, 2014
    40
    While it's easy to admire the ambition of this album, it isn't always easy to listen to.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. Aug 29, 2014
    9
    This is a near flawless work of art. It's not half as contrived as half the pop albums that come out these days and Heap herself is oneThis is a near flawless work of art. It's not half as contrived as half the pop albums that come out these days and Heap herself is one joyful, quirky breath of fresh air. This is a beautiful album. Full Review »
  2. Apr 20, 2017
    10
    Each heapsong has a spectacularly unique tale told by Imogen Heap during 3-4 years of working this highly innovative album. Sparks is aEach heapsong has a spectacularly unique tale told by Imogen Heap during 3-4 years of working this highly innovative album. Sparks is a delightful experience that is definitely going to take you away to dreamy places you can imagine. Immi never disappoints the fans with her wonderful magic. Full Review »