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Imogen just mesmerising.

Byline: SIMON COLE

IMOGEN HEAP Carling Academy, Birmingham

DESPITE a heavy cold, Imogen Heap once again wowed the Academy with her distinctive style and superb voice.

In contrast to her previous solo visit, she was accompanied by Nemo, a four-piece electro-pop outfit from London who joined her on many of her songs to provide a heavier mix reminiscent of her debut album.

Second support slot went to American-born Levi Weaver, a singer-songwriter whose set included a cover of Radiohead's Idiosyncratic alongside his own material - and played guitar Jimmy Page-style with a violin bow.

Imogen appeared on stage with a huge feathered hairstyle and bright pink corset. Airing tracks from her first album, she enthralled the crowd, singles Goodnight And Go and Headlock meeting with thunderous applause.

But it was her encore that stole the show. Starting with the tape-looped acapella Hide And Seek, she topped that with a loud and proud version of Daylight Robbery, Nemo providing their own twist to the song.

She saved mesmerising The Moment I Said It until last, taking everyone's breath away. She'll find it hard to top this.

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Oct 15, 2006
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