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Ellipse is the third studio album from Britishmarker singer–songwriter Imogen Heap. After returning from a round the world writing trip, Heap completed the album at her childhood home in Essex, converting her old playroom in the basement into a studio. The album got its name from the distinctive elliptical shape of the house.The album's title was confirmed by Heap via her Twitter page on April 25, after being leaked onto the internet on April 23. On June 15, Heap confirmed that the album will be released on August 24 in the United Kingdommarker and August 25 in the United Statesmarker/Canadamarker. International release date is also August 24.


In July 2009, a promotional copy of the album appeared on eBay, Heap in return placed a bid of £10,000,000 to try to reclaim the album, which eBay rejected. As of July 8, eBay had ended the auction. On July 14, the first single "First Train Home" was released, and a digital pre-order for the album became available on iTunes in two versions.

The Deluxe version includes instrumental tracks of the entire album. Both Standard and Deluxe editions feature a "Behind the scenes" video when pre-ordered. As the song "The Fire" is already an instrumental, the "instrumental" version on the Deluxe edition's second disc consists of just the crackling fire in the background of the song proper. The solo piano track, without the fire sounds, was included only on the Deluxe CD copy of the album, as a hidden track at the end of "Half Life"; digital copies omit this hidden track.


Critical response to Ellipse is mixed. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received an average score of 68, based on 12 reviews.[790458]

Live performances

In October 2008, Heap travelled to America to perform at Pop!Tech in Camden, Maine. She performed the song 'Wait It Out' live, for the first time ever on October 24th. The performance was recorded and released on the following day.

On August 24, 2009, Heap appeared on Letterman (although the episode didn't air until the 28th) and performed "First Train Home". On her Twitter page, Imogen admitted that she messed up on the second line of the second verse during the performance.

The following day, on August 25th, Imogen headed to the WNYC Radio Station in New York to play "First Train Home" and "Half Life" on air and give a short interview.


On June 8th, Heap confirmed the following as the album's official and final tracklisting:

Official streaming album

On 17 August 2009 Heap made the entire album Ellipse available for live streaming via her webpage.

Release history

Country Date
United Kingdommarker August 24, 2009
USAmarker August 25, 2009
Japanmarker September 2, 2009
New Zealandmarker
South Africa
Czech Republicmarker
Greecemarker September 14, 2009
Polandmarker September 28, 2009

Chart performance

Chart (2009) Peak
Canadian Albums Chart 4
UK Albums Chart 39
U.S. Billboard 200 5
U.S. Billboard Top Electronic Albums 1
U.S. Billboard Top Digital Albums 2
U.S. Billboard Top Rock Albums 4
U.S. Billboard Top Alternative Albums 3


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