I love artists who inspire polarised reactions. It's hard to feel lukewarm about Imogen Heap - you either love her or you hate her. Call me inconsistent, but I have been on and off the Immi love train more times than I can count. Unfortunately, Goodnight and Go brought out the action hero in me, prompting me to jump off mid-ride.
There's no denying that Imogen Heap is a good singer and an even better songwriter. Whether partnered with Guy Sigsworth as part of Frou Frou or on her own, she has produced some truly innovative and haunting tracks. While her latest effort is far from atrocious, it sounds mildly uninspired, if not somewhat disingenuous.
In contrast to the raw passion evoked in Let Go and Hide and Seek, Goodnight and Go is a bouncy, colour-by-the-numbers pop track. Nothing wrong with that, except it's not even that catchy. Heap does the best with what she has, but her ordinarily emotive and breathy vocals are wasted on this frivolous track.
And the lyrics. The track is a confessional song about what I can only imagine is a teenage crush. Fitting that it appears on The OC, but really too "dear diary" for my liking. "Why'd you have to be so cute/It's impossible to ignore you/Whilst you make me laugh so much/It's bad enough we get along so well/ Say goodnight and go."
An inoffensive track, but definitely safe pop rather than experimental art. With that being said, Goodnight and Go could very well be the sleeper hit of the summer.