I have to say I have always been in awe of the creature that is Sia. From “My Love” featured on The Twilight Saga: Eclipse soundtrack to the depressing but beautiful “Breathe Me”. An incredible woman with an insane amount of talent, not only vocally but lyrically. Sia is like the female Pharrell of the music world. She has secretly written…everything including “Pretty Hurts” by Beyoncé, “Diamonds” by Rihanna, and even “Let Me Love You” by Ne-Yo.
Her sixth album proves that although she may be a mastermind behind the lyrics, she is also a true natural behind the microphone. She has proved herself time and time again but in my mind never quite gets the acknowledgement she deserves. Although Sia is a different character, recently she’s been performing live without showing her face. She’s stated multiple times through pictures on social media that she does not need to show her face everywhere to be famous. Sia does not enjoy being in the public eye, but surely deserves to be.
During this intriguing interview with billboard Sia said “I get to sit at home with the dogs on the sofa, record in a closet in the office, send them off and, if I’m lucky, make a million dollars”.
She also said she wrote the lyrics for David Guetta’s “Titanium” in 40 minutes and later went on to write “Wild Ones” for Flo Rida in 15 minutes.
The billboard interview gives you a lot of insight into who Sia is. She also talked about her battle with painkillers and alcohol.
Here’s the interview: http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/pop-shop/5770521/sia-the-billboard-cover-story
“1000 Forms of Fear” is Sia’s sixth album and “Chandelier” kicks it off on the right foot. This track is a pop sensation. A pounding rhythm with powerhouse vocals flow through the entire song making it a true hit.
“Burn the Pages” is one of my favorites off the album complete with a hip-hop beat, light vocals, and of course, an emotional message. Sia belts out “Yesterday is gone and you will be OK, place your past into a book, burn the pages let them cook” The lyrics are littered with metaphors and swift life lessons anyone can pick up on.
This album was not made by a pop princess, it was made by a pop genius! Sia knows what works and what doesn’t, rhythmically, lyrically, and musically. Her composition of lyrics to music is really magical to listen to. Not one song sounds alike and that’s her leaving her mark on every piece of every song.
“Eye of the Needle” is one of the heaviest songs on the album. The pain in her voice as she sings “Smile through the pain” is undeniable. Only genuine music artists can achieve this level of emotional power that Sia has. The song seems to be about losing a loved one suddenly and how hard it is to accept reality. Something almost everyone can relate to.
Near the end of the album we hear “Elastic Heart” the heart pounding track from the “Catching Fire” soundtrack along with the chorus heavy “Fire and Gasoline” equipped with Sia’s talent for extreme control over her own voice.
There is something so exhilarating about finding a music artist that understands the point of music, to make people feel. Sia should be nominated for a Grammy for this album. It is beyond normal levels of pop music and lives up to everyone’s expectations of her art.
Some of my favorite older songs by Sia are: “Soon We’ll Be Found”, “Numb”, and “Butterflies”. Check them out!