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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Titanium
Sia has had an unconventional trajectory; diagnosed with Graves disease, boyfriend killed in a car accident, addiction to drugs and alcohol, attempted suicide. Plus, she hates fame so much that she poses with a paper bag over her head, and performs with her back facing audiences. Responsible for a plethora of international pop smashers for some of pop's biggest names, and...
Published 8 months ago by Scarlet Jupiter

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3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed
Mixed. Some excellent tracks, some a bit nothingy. Classic Sia in fact.
Published 2 months ago by Stephen Luckcock


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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Titanium, 7 July 2014
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This review is from: 1000 Forms Of Fear (Audio CD)
Sia has had an unconventional trajectory; diagnosed with Graves disease, boyfriend killed in a car accident, addiction to drugs and alcohol, attempted suicide. Plus, she hates fame so much that she poses with a paper bag over her head, and performs with her back facing audiences. Responsible for a plethora of international pop smashers for some of pop's biggest names, and while working on many other projects, there was still time to produce an own record. As the title and cover art might reveal, Sia goes back to her darker side for this, her 6th studio album, spiralling into destructive depths of weakness, vulnerability, desperation and struggles, all returning points for her.

Longtime fans know what to expect from her, new followers are probably curious to learn about the person behind the colossal hits. Perhaps all too aware of what the public wants from her, Sia gives the public exactly what they want. She offers strong and well produced pop ballads, some uptempo tracks, and the occasional slower numbers, all accompanied with her unique and always impressive voice, the sound of someone singing for their life. She is dabbling with pop, experimenting once again with indie pop, electronica, acid jazz, soul, dance, and trip-hop. Produced by Lily Allen's former collaborator Greg Kurstin, they have sculpted a beautiful masterpiece of an album.

Her enrapturing talent and torment shines throughout "1000 Forms of fear"'s 49 minutes. Very often I found myself paying more attention to the lyric metaphors and the dramatic vocals, rather than enjoying the songs. Sia has a certain vibe in her music which, although it cannot be missed, it tends to overshadow the sonic excellence of this album. First single, "Chandelier" is indicative: a gorgeously reggae-electronica fused number about a never ending party life, with Sia's titanic voice bursting open the chorus like a cannonball; a closer reading between the lines makes clear that it is a song about alcoholism. It is obvious that the artist writes genius texts, this is her biggest talent, combined with her distinctive voice.

Built around sterling melodies, standouts "Big girls cry", "Straight to the knife", "Elastic heart", "Fire meet gasoline, "Cellophane", and "Dressed in black", they convey emotion that is unmatched by any other contemporary artist. Despite her personal hardship, Sia is able to produce exceptional power balladry and intelligent lyricism. "1000 Forms of fear" rings true to its dramatic title. It is a consistent, brilliant, deep pop record, by one of pop's best artists. After producing so many hits over the years, perhaps one's fear would be Sia's transformation into an mainstream artist. As long as she insists on performing wearing that paper back on her head, there is absolutely no fear of that happening.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sia shines bright like a diamond., 9 July 2014
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D. C. Stolk (The Netherlands) - See all my reviews
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The enigmatic Australian singer-songwriter Sia Furler makes a courageous return from the sidelines with her sixth studio album “1000 Forms Of Fear,” which follows on 2010′s “We Are Born.” In recent years, she avoided the limelight deliberately, but behind the scenes she was responsible for a number of huge hits. For example, songs from Sia Furler could be found on albums by Katy Perry (Prism), Britney Spears (Britney Jean), Beyonce (Beyonce), Kylie Minogue (Kiss Me Once), Shakira (Shakira) and Jennifer Lopez (AKA). Some of those big hits were Rihanna’s “Diamonds,” David Guetta’s “Titanium” and Ne-Yo's "Let Me Love You" to name just of few.

The Sia-signature - like the vocal dips and mid-tempo melancholy of "Diamonds" - that the now 39-year-old singer and songwriter stamped on those hits, can be found once again on this album. Songs like “Burn The Pages,” “Straight For The Knife,” “Hostage” and “Big Girls Cry” sound as if they were intended, respectively, for Katy Perry, Lana Del Rey, Shakira or Rihanna. Furler wrote most of these songs with Greg Kurstin, who produced this album and also worked on recent albums by Lily Allen, Lykke Li, Tegan & Sara and Pink. This collaboration provides for a dozen irresistible pop melodies, although Furler’s reluctance to promote this album - she does minimal press and refuses to be photographed - might be the only obstacle for global success, although her impressive vocal acrobatics should do the work for her.

What struck me the most about “1000 Forms Of Fear,” is that how this sublime record is a personal victory for the once addicted and suicidal singer. Just really listed to the song “Chandelier,” which sounds like a pop anthem, but take note of the darkness at its center, with lyrics like “Help me, I’m holding on for dear life” and ““Sun is up, I’m a mess.” Sia rejected fame and retreated from public view, which allowed her to find her true self, and now experiences a triumphant comeback. The militant “Dressed In Black” and understated “Cellophane” are main examples of this and also the songs in which she excels vocally. You may not be able to see what Sia looks like on the cover of her album - besides the singer’s signature haircut, a blonde bob with blunt bangs - but she sure sounds like a superstar.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous album from the best singer on the planet! Recommended., 19 July 2014
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M. W. Hatfield "mwhatfield" (Gainsborough, Lincolnshire) - See all my reviews
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Sia is, for my money, the best singer on the planet right now. she writes emotional, heartrending songs which have sold by the truckload for artists such as Rihanna and Christina Aguilera, and many of the songs here follow a specific songwriting formula- title based on something everyday (Chandelier, Cellophane) used as a metaphor for real life problems and relationships (hence Chandelier is about alcoholism and the life of the party girl), dance rhythms, and a massive chorus where the vocals swoop and soar and build to a triumphal "I will overcome my problems" finish. It's a successful formula, and it works.

But what lifts this above hackwork is the emotional truth in every line- she's baring her soul in every song. And that voice-imitating no one, she vocalises her pain and suffering bringing every song to life. Irresistible!

This album may well date-the sounds used are very trendy at the moment, and they WILL age rapidly. The album will sell well, sound good in cars and on the radio. But Sia's true masterpiece is yet to come. Go listen to "Some people have real problems", a much mellower CD, which is heartbreaking and gorgeous in equal measures and included the masterful post-argument love ballad "Soon we'll be found" and the beautiful "Day too soon", and you 'll see what she can do.

This album is a fabulous pop album. Do buy it-there is nothing else remotely as good at the moment. Then buy Sia's back catalogue. Celebrate her talent. Who knows where it will go next?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hauntingly Beautiful, 16 Jan. 2015
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Mr. Adam J. Carnie "AC" (Peterborough, UK) - See all my reviews
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This collection of material has awards stamped all over it. The complexity of this album is pumped with raw emotions. Sia is reaching new highs, and this album soars into my top five ever listened to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great voice. I’m of to order her back catalogue., 13 Feb. 2015
This review is from: 1000 Forms Of Fear (Audio CD)
Admittedly, until Chandelier showed up, Sia was unknown to me, although I had experienced her work through other artists such as Rihanna. 1000 Forms Of Fear is very good. Chandelier is the best track on the album, expecting the other 11 tracks to equal it was always going to be a tall order.

Having had the album on loop in the car for the past 2 weeks, slowly slowly the other tracks start to shine. Big Girls Cry is first, followed by Free the Animal with it’s clicky effects. Straight for the Knife is good, as is Hostage.

Great voice. I’m of to order her back catalogue.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Purity of art - Great album let down by poor recording quality, 4 Jan. 2015
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Pain, despair, heart-break, self-doubt, self-loathing and self-destruction. None of these things should make for such an enjoyable album, but the purity of Sia's art - her talents as a songwriter and singer - make this an album of rare brilliance. As a listener, you are treated to fantastic songs which are much much more than catchy hooks alone.

My only issue with this album is that the recording quality is not good; the sound is compressed, which is a shame given Sia's vocals and musical arrangement. Perhaps the physical CD version is higher fidelity, but having bought the MP3 version from Amazon, I'm underwhelmed by the sound quality. It's less of an issue on headphones, but playing through my home hi-fi really highlights the limitations of the recording, and does affect one's enjoyment - the quality of the recording is the only reason I haven't awarded the full five stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great songs, not such a great quality of recording., 24 Dec. 2014
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Bought for Chandileer, great song, rest of album is OK after a few listens. The quality of the recording is no where near as good as many CD recordings. Sounds thin and distorted if played loud. It's just the way it is. Even bought the single as well but thats exactly the same quality. Great song though. Postal delivery service was excellent
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 15 Jan. 2015
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Wonderful album. All of the songs are great. Beautiful voice and touching lyrics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't disappoint..., 28 Sept. 2014
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I don't often write reviews, so that alone means it really must be worth it!
Sia is a gifted singer and songwriter, and this album delivers. I love every track, and am still discovering more on every listen.
Last note - anyone who can end an album on a two minute outro and hold my attention has got to be amazing!
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you even remotely like Paloma Faith, 5 Nov. 2014
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Yes, you should try this. If you even remotely like Paloma Faith, have a mild interest in Marina & The Diamonds, or hanker for some Beyoncé but you don't feel cool enough...Sia is for you. This album is good. I am new to Sia. I am currently considering which of her back catalogue to download. Yep, I'm sold.
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