Having purchased Sia's debut a couple of years ago and, although being responsible for the classics 'Fear' and 'Little Man' amongst others, I couldn't help feeling that Sia was juggling with the wrong balls. Therefore, I was slightly reluctant to buy this album. More's the pity!
I was fortunate to catch Sia at the Big Chill 2004 and, leading all my friends down there to watch as many hadn't a clue who she was, we all agreed that mesmerising just wasn't the word. Staying wholey folky with a live band gave Sia the scope to proudly exhibit her amazing vocal talent. We all swayed, cried, cheered and laughed as the little lady with the big voice won us over one by one.
So, once we arrived home, the Sia album was first on all our shopping list. Now, having literally just recieved it through Amazon, what can I say? I sat and listened to it from start to finish, a rare feat with an attention span like mine, and all those similar emotions came flooding back. Sia's simple, almost childlike vocals are, at times so fuelled with emotion that they become a melodic moan as opposed to actual lyrics, almost as if the words don't matter against such powerful musical influence, most apparent on the breathtaking "Don't Bring Me Down". The chirpy, almost Sixties esque "Sunday" and "Natale's Song" make for either pleasant summer afternoons next to a river or chilling in a smoke filled room with dim light. As for the albums highlight, latest single "Breathe Me" with its forlorn piano, reminds me of a more heartbreaking version of a Coldplay song with Sia cooly and sweetly singing over sweeping orchestral beats. So moving it brought a tear to the eye.
I implore you, if you like your folk a little more substantial and your melodies simple but effective, you will love this album and cherish it like a new born child.
If you're still unsure, check her out live beforehand.
Either way, don't be fooled, Sia doesn't just stop at Zero 7.