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Editors’ Notes

Australian-born folk singer Sia Furler first came to major attention in 2005 when her song “Breathe Me” closed out the HBO series Six Feet Under. Her third solo album, 2008’s Some People Have Real Problems, continues in this calm, sensuous, understated vein. Ray Davies’ “I Go To Sleep,” once brilliantly covered by Chrissie Hynde and the Pretenders in the early ‘80s, is given a perfect music-box piano and strings accompaniment, while Sia’s duet with alt.rock enigma Beck for “Academia” provides a study in contrasts, as Sia’s playful, emotive drive meets Beck’s deep, downtrodden, deadpan tone. Furler has a tendency towards pop diva vocal twirls that add an unusual pop sheen to “Little Black Sandals” and “Death by Chocolate.” However, one shouldn’t assume anything with Sia. She’s clearly comfortable with her Feist-like role as a somber chanteuse in a smoky room (“You Have Been Loved”), yet given the chance to add an extra bump to her step for the sorrowful tale of “The Girl You Lost to Cocaine,” Sia throws her tough resolve into the mix.

Customer Reviews

Sia Beats the Sophomore Slump...

...and then kicks it while it's down. Her voice soars, with a composure absent from her previous album's emotional drippiness. It's really worth getting the whole album, but if you need specific tracks, "Lentil," "You Have Been Loved," "I Go to Sleep," "Soon We'll Be Found," "Beautiful Calm Driving," and "Buttons" are my picks. I only took off one star because some of the songs start sounding the same, and I think there's a lot in store for Sia. I'm pretty sure her next record will be even more surprising.

Amazing follow-up to Colour the Small One..

A definite upbeat follow-up to her first album, each track draws you in with Sia's unmistakably unique voice. If you're a fan of her previous album or appearances with Zero 7, you will not be disppointed by her sophomore album. Little Black Sandals, Lentil, Academia, Buttons, The Girl you Lost to Cocaine... all different tracks, yet equally impressive. A wholehearted thumbs up recommendation.

Sia Great album :P

This is a really great album. My two favorites are Beautiful Calm Driving and Soon We'll Be Found. She is as brilliant as she is cooky, and yes, markers on her face!


Born: December 18, 1975 in Adelaide, South Australia, Austra

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s, '10s

In a career filled with ups and downs, Sia Furler has been an in-demand guest vocalist; a quirky singer-songwriter; a hitmaker for the likes of Rihanna and Beyoncé; and more popular than ever as an artist in her own right in the 2010s. Although raised in Australia, Furler rose to fame after moving to the U.K., where she worked as a guest vocalist for several groups -- including the electronica duo Zero 7 -- and released her own solo albums. Born in 1975, she first performed on the Adelaide jazz...
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