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Colour The Small One CD
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Listening to Colour the Small One seems almost rude, as though you've just crept into someone's bedroom unannounced and read their diary, or even eavesdropped into a private conversation. A lot of this is down to Sia's voice; a soft, intimate, languorous affair that has the unsettling effect of being simultaneously sad and seductive. A couple of years on from her R&B-tinged debut and those classic pairings with Zero 7, the Australian vocalist has come a long way. The music here consists of basic frameworks of rhythm, enhanced by subtle percussion, folky harmonica and nothing more obtrusive than that secretive, melancholic voice. There's certainly room to breathe and Sia unfolds at her own leisurely pace. Opener "Rewrite" works the sad verse/sunny chorus formula to perfection, while "Sunday" turns "Strawberry Fields" harmonium into big orchestral trip-hop. "Sweet Potato" sours the flow, sounding contrived and too like Nelly Furtado for its own good, but "Bully", a collaboration with Beck Hansen, has a sweet melody that belies its subject matter. As cries for help go, this is up there with the best. --Paul Tierney
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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.
The album develops an involving arc, that spans from the emotionally withdrawn 'Rewrite' to the near cathartic 'Where I belong', sharing many moments of discovery in what she's described as a very personal album. The intimacy that it develops is well maintained but does not stop the songs from varying. The charming, funny 'Sweet potato' and the almost anthemic 'Church of What's Happening Now' move the pace of the album away from predictability. It took a little while before I thought of it as a '5' but did warm to it immediately.
Her success with Zero 7 and inclusion on the keenly anticipated Six Feet Under 2 compilation suggests that her star will continue to rise, and I hope with the beauty and intimacy of this album.
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Anyone who caught Sia's appearance on either of the two Zero 7 albums will know what to expect in terms of vocal. Sia has a beautiful, soulful voice, with occasionally raspy moments, which makes her voice one of the most unique out there.
What you do not expect is the amazing arrangement of the music on some of the songs. From some very different percussion on tracks like rewrite, to the soaring strings that are present throughout, the music is stunning.
Some of the highlights on this album are the magical "sunday", "sweet potato" (which has an almost carribean sound to the voice, coupled with oriental influenced music) and "the church of whats happening now", which has a chorus that sticks in the memory.
One of the best albums for years. If you even remotely like chilled, very cool and beautiful music, this is perfect.
Since then she guested on Zero 7's album 'Simple Things' her style may have changed since the first album her voice definitly hasn't. You see this little lady hasn't had the best of times, and yes whilst Healing Is Difficult may an explanation of thoughts after a life changing event .. this album sums up her emotions rather than the thoughts.
It really moves me and thats rare for an album to do. A classic that doesn't deserve to be commerically ignored! By the way she is such a sweetheart .. she is forever on her forums being such a lovely warm person to her fans. Thats dedication for you! Breathe Me is one of the most gorgeous songs i've ever heard!
10 Breathe Me
09 The Bully
09 Sweet Potato
10 Don't Bring Me Down
07 Natale's Song
08 The Church Of What's Happening Now
10 Where I Belong
Also it's worth checking out;
Healing Is Difficult (Album)
-Taken For Granted
-Blow It All Away
-Drink To Get Drunk
Zero 7 - Simple Things (Album)
Zero 7 - When It Falls (Album)
-Speed Dial No 9
Don't Bring Me Down EP which features 3 super tracks not on the album
-Broken Biscuit (Criminal that it is only on the EP)
Breathe Me CD1 for B-side
Check out Sias website to find out more!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's a great record and it is good to have it in vinyl (though personally I prefer black). However, the record itself was alarmingly undulating.Published 1 month ago by NJ Bromley
Before the Sia I know and love. A lot softer and a little samey but grows on you - still meaningful lyrics but before Sia pushed her voice to the max. Prefer her style now.Published 2 months ago by D. Griffiths
On first listening did not give me the wow factor however after listening to it a few times has become a favourite. Sultry lyrics and her voice is amazing. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
This album is fantastic! On first play I found it dull - I then played it in my car and can't stop playing it at full volume! Such clever and sensitive lyrics and brilliance. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Gina Baumann
what a great album this is. beautiful, haunting, emotional. Sia's voice melts like ice-cream in your ear. I really feel like she's speaking directly to me when I listen to this. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mr. D. J. Uncles
Sia is wonderful, and this CD was bought to replace one not returned by a friend!Published 8 months ago by Neil Powell
I wish I had known about this artist when she first started out.Published 9 months ago by Iain N. Milne