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We Are Born
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Sia Furler is a very special singer, songwriter and performer.
Her penchent for dressing up in luminous stage outfits lives on
in the wonderfully quirky cover art of her splendid new album
'We Are Born'. Her 2008 release 'Some People Have Real Problems'
remains a firm favorite in The Wolf Cave (Mrs Wolf is an especially
big fan!) and gets an airing at least once a week.

The project contains thirteen new tracks and is perhaps her most
immediately accessible work to have appeared in the listening
world so-far. The sunny pop ambience which producer Greg Kurstin
weaves in and around the polished melodies suits her well, which in
no way implies that there has been a diminuition in Ms Furler's
wonderfully left-of-centre presence, or her capacity to light up the
sky with her distinctively soulful warble. A voice in a million!
(Listen to 'Be Good To Me' for immediate elucidation of her peerless
ability to communicate the heart and spirit of a fine song).

Cheerleader territory is not more than the length of a football pitch
away with the infectious handclaps and "Wo Wo Wo" vocal intrusions of
'Bring Night'. The spirit of the eighties is alive and well in songs like
'Clap Your Hands', 'Hurting Me Now' and 'The Co-Dependent', all cracking
tunes which Ms Furler brings to life with perky and quirky aplomb.

Madonna gets a nod and a wink with our heroine's nifty cover of
'Oh Father' from the 1989 album 'Like A Prayer'. It is a terrific
interpretation of a truly splendid composition, sung with real feeling.

My money's on 'I'm In Here', however, as the album's emotional axis.
Co-written with Samuel Dixon it holds one of the loveliest and strongest
vocal performances of her recording career. Simply beautiful.

'We Are Born' is packed full of elusive treasures as well
as bucket loads of mainstream appeal. Ms Furler is a unique
artist who fully deserves both our affection and applause.

Highly Recommended.
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on 24 July 2011
Sia is quite a diverse and intruiging artist as she seems to thrive in a multitude of genres. Her debut album "Healing Is Difficult" included mostly contemporary R&B and pop, her second and third albums "Colour The Small One" and "Some People Have Real Problems" had a darker rockier sound with mature lyrics. On the fourth release "We Are Born", Sia seems to be wanting to have fun again, with catchy tunes that have a cool pop vibe.

The album starts off well with "The Fight" and the single "Clap Your Hands" which are very catchy, instantly likeable and infectious. The second single "You've Changed" confirms that Sia is confident with a more commercial sound. "Bring Night" and "Never Gonna Leave Me" also have a very catchy pop sound. "I'm In Here" is a nice pop ballad and "The Co-Dependent" is a cool pop rock number. "Big Girl, Little Girl" is a really querky tune with a unexpected ending. The album finishes off with a pleasantly hip cover of Madonna's "Oh Father". On the negative side, some of the songs do sound a little gimmicky, with over repetitive choruses and simplified melodies as heard in "Hurting Me Now" and "Cloud", but I will say that, overall, I prefer this sound for Sia.

I think that the numerous changes in direction in just four albums could suggest that Sia is trying to find a style that suits her best. On one hand, her previous two releases included some her best work, such as "Breathe Me" and "Little Black Sandals", but also some quite dull and dreary moments. On the other hand, this release provides a more upbeat and catchy sound, but less credibility as a serious singer-songwriter. Who knows what she will choose to do next, but if indeed all these changes are not experimental, then that is what makes her unique, right?
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on 9 November 2010
Adelaide born Australian Sia first started out as a backing/featured singer for Crisp, jamiroquai and with some success with chill out band Zero 7. I've been a Sia fan since back then and I await with Anticipation for her new albums. Unlike her previous albums WE ARE BORN is strictly an uptempo affair. You won't find many of her haunting ballad's this time, with exception to her Madonna cover of OH FATHER which works beautifully, and the down-tempo I'M IN HERE. But uptempo is good, and this album delivers a feel good cleverly penned dance around your living room album. It's hard to pin point stand out tracks as there are no duds on this album, but the single CLAP YOUR HANDS is excellent, as well as CO-DEPENDENT, THE FIGHT and NEVER GONNA LEAVE ME are definite stand outs. Massive in America, relatively unknown in Australia and one of the most used artists in soap opera TV series that I've ever heard. Sia fans will not be disappointed and new fans will, I guarantee you, be back tracking and purchasing her previous albums. Sia is here to stay for the long haul.
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on 5 April 2015
Another excellent album from the hugely talented Australian. This is a lot more upbeat than the earlier Some People album.
Virtually all these songs have a beat even when they don't necessarily need one. The first ear catching song is Clap Your Hands which has an infectious melody and is bouncy. Another notable early song is Be Good to Me. You should listen out for I'm in Here which would have made a huge hit for any other established singer such as Madonna. Magnificent. You should also be impressed with Co-dependent. Such strong songs further establishing Sia as a intense song writer not to mention a significant singing talent. The album finishes off with a cover of Madonna's Oh Father which is every bit as good as the original and just highlights how good the song is.

This is an album worth getting. Not as good as 1000 Forms of Fear but shows that Sia is more than just one great album
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 27 October 2010
I like Sia. I really really do. That breathy intimacy has an insidious charm and she is an artist of genuine soul. So... What happened?

This is not a bad album. Then again, I would not expect Sia to make a bad album. It is an album where the artist has decided to take a more pop focused approach. Again cool, no problem with that. It's just there's nothing here to make you want to come back and listen again and again. There's echoes of some other artists like Lily Allen and maybe Amy Whitehouse, but not once was my heart melted or have I been stopped in my tracks to ponder a songs beauty.

About two thirds into the album I started to lose interest. Songs appeared to squish into one another. I've never been especially patient and I may change my mind if I return in a couple months, but right now, I'm going back to "Colour the Small One" and "Some people have..." to bathe once again in honey.
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on 9 April 2012
I kept going back to Spotify to listen to this album. In fact, I think I went through it (and all the adverts that come with the privilege to stream free of charge)at least 4 times. So in the end I just had to surrender to it and download the whole thing from Amazon. Sadly, her previous albums do not get through to me like this one... And no, not because I like pop particularly, but at this moment in time it gives me a bit of a lift, and will hopefully help with the daily commute to London.
Apart from my psichological situation, the album is made of great songs with solid melody and a strong vocal delivery throughout, so I would definitely recommend a listen.
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on 6 February 2011
You may recognise Sia Furler's distinctive voice from some previous Zero 7 tracks such as Destiny; but this lady is one fantastic artist in her own right. To keep this review brief and succinct; this album is wonderful.

Thumping guitar and piano riffs accompany effortless quirky vocals to make the perfect pop experience. It's exciting, upbeat and different. Not to mention a perfect testament to Sia's voice that she can sing in different styles, from the melodic ambience of Destiny, to the almost wailing vocals of You've Changed.

It's wonderful melodic and catchy and Sia's voice is just wonderful. Wow!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 4 September 2010
I have been a huge admirer of Sia since Zero 7 and have loved her solo music since seeing her live at Summer Sundae in 2004. Although she later said she found the experience a little odd, I was gobsmacked by her voice and her songs. I was astonished by her and her band that day, who were brilliant too. Simple set-up, and economical playing that perfectly complemented her voice. See her live if you can.

As for the new record, I prefer to hear her singing breathily and close to the mic, without being distracted by the over thought-out and fussy production on some of the songs here. The trio of songs of You're Hurting Me Now, Never Gonna Leave Me and Cloud deserve better treatment. The emotion and meanings get a little lost for me in the over-complicated instrumentation and uptempo arrangements. At then end of Big Girl Little Girl we get a glimpse of what might've been on some of these songs, with Sia singing alone over a piano. But the mood is then broken by a pointless cover of a Madonna song. For me, Sia can make anything sound good and she is an original interpreter of other people's songs, but this is just too familiar to listen to without hearing Madonna. I would rather have had another Sia original than this. Keep the covers for a covers album, and the studio fiddling to the remixes. 5 for Sia and the songs, 3 for the willfully across-the-board upbeat arrangements and over-production.
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on 12 August 2011
With this album Sia tries another genre: dance-pop. All the songs make you shake and dance except I'm In Here and Oh Father. But did I say she has gone bad? - No, Sia is still great but I hope she'll get back to her old style back soon. Because as much as I love this album, something is missing, the soul and the heart breaking lyrics in her previous albums. This one can be defined more like a catch dance-pop songs collection. A different great album by Sia, worth listen. Favorites: Hurting Me Now, Be Good to Me. 8.5/10.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 23 February 2014
I could listen to Sia's voice forever, this is maybe not as good as her last album but it's her and I think it's a grower. A great car album!
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