Sia Kate Isobelle Furler (born 18 December 1975), better known mononymously as Sia (/ˈsiːə/), is an Australian singer, songwriterand music video director. Musically and artistically precocious, Sia became interested in performing in the style of musicians including Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and Sting. In the mid-1990s, Sia started a career as a singer in the local acid jazz band Crisp. By 1997, when Crisp disbanded, Sia released her debut studio album titled OnlySee on Flavoured Records in Australia. Following the event, Sia moved to London, England and provided lead vocals for British duo Zero 7.
In 2000, Sia signed to Sony Music‘s sub-label Dance Pool and released her second studio album, Healing Is Difficult, the following year. Displeased with the promotion of the record, Sia signed to Go! Beat and released her third studio album, Colour the Small One, in 2004. Dissatisfied with the project’s struggling to connect with a mainstream audience, Sia relocated to New York City in 2005 and began touring across the United States. Sia released her fourth and fifth studio releases, Some People Have Real Problems and We Are Born, in 2008 and 2010, respectively. In 2014, Sia released her sixth studio album, 1000 Forms of Fear, which was preceded by the top-ten single “Chandelier“. She is currently working on her seventh studio album This Is Acting.
Chandelier—-An international smash hit all over the entire world, this is a stellar reminder of how many artist get pushed under the rug and we never get to experience. Sia…..gives an incredible Rhianna impersonation with her vocal on much of this release and this is a prime example. For me though, it is the emotion and the urgency that is in the lyric and singing style. I have listened to this song perhaps a million times…and will probably listen many many more…because it is timeless and never gets old. This is a stellar performance….emotional, raw and damn real.
Big Girls Cry—-With a fantastic piano and manufactured break beat, Sia enters with her vocal and fills you with a melancholy that is overwhelming. The chorus comes alive with a sadness and intensity that fits her voiv=ce so well. a huge empowerment song, this is a brilliantly, painful delivery…I love this woman.
Burn The Pages—-Swirling with an almost familiar bass line, this track has a fullness to it that makes me feel some kind of misplaced joy. The vocal is clearer, less slurred if you will. The chorus has a huge feel that is sweeping and overwhelming for me. I literally find it almost impossible to convey how incredibly much I love this woman. The future for her…now that she has broken the surface…is endless. This is remarkable. A true goose bump experience for me.
Eye Of The Needle—-Returning to a more downbeat and introspective mood, Sia again delivers a slurred vocal that is so loaded with an intensity that tears creep into my eyes. This is moving and incredibly powerful. The chorus sweeps and wipes out any jubilation the last track might have given you. Perhaps this is about drug abuse…perhaps this is about pain…it really does not matter…because it makes you feel SOMETHING!!!
Hostage—-With an almost Duran Duran sounding intro, the vocal enters and gives you a malt shop feel. This is almost surf-pop for me…it makes me happy and energetic…the song placement, so important for a cohesive release, is perfect on this CD. This is happy…..the vocal drawl impeccable and the music perfectly suited for the mood of the song!
Straight For The Knife—-With a heavy piano based intro, the sound of the song…even with the back beat bass is still haunting and sad. The lyrics are so enticing and descriptive. This is an incredible song…almost…well certainly more powerful than Chandelier. This is a horror story of relationships, love, longing and misery put to a beautiful landscape of music. So moving….damn!
Fair Game—-The music that introduces this track is a bit minimal…and Sia does not much croon as she talks her way through most of this song. The tale is of poorly receipted love and a disappointment with the way life is going by being the fair individual. The double layered vocal gives the song a boost that only adds to the urgency of the song and the message…..
Elastic Heart—-Ahhhh….the video that caused all of the controversy..lol. The song is a pumped up electro source of tales of alienation, loneliness and sometimes fierce dependence. This is an incredibly emotional track as well…alternating between an elation and an over-whelming sadness. This is just a wonderful display of a singer at the peak of her artistic expression and finally being appreciated for the brilliance that is her own. Just incredible!
Free The Animal—-Coming out of a minimal darkness, building into another almost surf sound, this is Sia delivering yet another incredible performance. The chorus of this song…reaches from your speakers and grabs you by the neck…shakes you and forces you to feel something. Despite the slight hick-cup of the vocal…this still has no mis-steps to be found. This is brilliance.
Fire Meets Gasoline—-Suffering a bit from a ‘same-ness’ calamity, the song still manages to stick to your ribs and allows you to feel. When the chorus smacks you…a huge sweeping affair, you will be in love all over again…this is an incredible example of lyrics and messages overcoming a sedate sound that is much like other songs…the message carries the song…and that is what music is all about….
Cellophane—-Full of ghost and relying on little but the power of words and the voice, this sticks to your ribs…despite the minimalist delivery. This is so sedate and powerful…the voice is so incredible…and the message…applies to every part of your life where things might be a bit sticky. That is the power of this release…it applies to us all.
Dressed In Black—-With a tin toy piano intro, the song does not open as much as expected…because the voice perfectly delivers the music instead of instrumentation. The suddenly the chorus opens up and sweeps you in waves and waves of emotions. There is in my opinion…humble as it might be, not a single mis-step on this release. This is a triumph….making me want the other 6 releases, and practically dying for the upcoming one. I love this woman…and I’m gay….LOL.
***** out of 5 [!!!!!]