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Product details

  • Audio CD (19 Jan. 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Universal / Island
  • ASIN: B00018HULS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,121 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Rewrite
  2. Sunday
  3. Breathe Me
  4. The Bully
  5. Sweet Potato
  6. Don't Bring Me Down
  7. Natale's Song
  8. Butterflies
  9. Moon
  10. The Church Of What's Happening Now
  11. Numb
  12. Where I Belong

Product Description

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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

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Audio CD
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.
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Format: Audio CD
Having seen Zero 7 tour in 2001, I kept the name Sia Furler in my memory and bought this soon after it was released. Although different from the work she's done with them, this is a delightful, soulful album that has grown on me. Tracks, including the opener, that didn't seem to hit the mark blend into the overall feel.
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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By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 Jun. 2007
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This is another brilliant album from Sia. She may be best known for 'Breathe Me', which I love with a passion, but this album delivers so much more. It is perfect dinner party background music, but need not be relegated to that alone. I find it great to kick back at night and put this (or her live album 'Lady Croissant' which is also fantastic) on and relax to her smooth, beautiful voice and let my cares slip away. If you know her from Zero 7, or even just from 'Breathe Me', this album is well worth a try, you will not be disappointed.

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Ladies and Gents, shout this album from the rooftops. Tell all your friends how superb this album is and tell them if they don't buy it they are missing a treat.
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.
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Australias finest singer bar none (I have to say on this form she is .. Natalie, Delta, Kylie, Dannii, Holly .. sorry haha) released her much awaited 2nd album following on from the fantastic debut 2000's Healing Is Difficult which she recieved a small bit of success taking her debut single top 10!
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 Rewrite
10 Sunday
10 Breathe Me
09 The Bully
09 Sweet Potato
10 Don't Bring Me Down
07 Natale's Song
10 Butterflies
10 Moon
08 The Church Of What's Happening Now
10 Numb
10 Where I Belong
Also it's worth checking out;
Healing Is Difficult (Album)
-Taken For Granted
-Little Man
-Blow It All Away
-Drink To Get Drunk
Zero 7 - Simple Things (Album)
-Destiny
-Distractions
Zero 7 - When It Falls (Album)
-Sommersault
-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)
-Lucky
-So Bored
Breathe Me CD1 for B-side
-Sea Shells
Check out Sias website to find out more!
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