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Healing Is Diffcult - Sia
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Healing Is Diffcult - Sia
Advantages: Honest, inventive, diverse, excellent lyrics and vocals
Disadvantages: Not widely available here due to lack of popularity
Sia is an Australian artist who doesn't seem to get the credit she deserves in this country, anyone who has heard her pretty exceptional cover of Radiohead's epic 'Paranoid Android' will accept the woman has got a fantastic set of pipes and she uses her voice like an instrument.
This album didn' t really take off anywhere which is a shame as its a pretty decent album which is way smarter than most performers can achieve.
Released in 2001, the album has some wicked beats, some wonderfully downbeat lyrics and stories which are well played out.
Sia is pretty awesome a beautiful and charming performer who has also written for other acts, providing '''I told you I was freaky' to Jermaine and Brett for the second series of Flight of the Conchords, as well as writing with Christina Aguillera and collaborating with the awesome Beck.
Sia is also known as a guest vocallist on the lazy, chilled out beats of Zero 7 albums.
Fear: A story about how people allow their own fear to hold them back from really living, the lyrics are downbeat and depressing but the tune is upbeat and bounces along, Sia sounds smoky, jazzy and very current, her voice is awesome, her use of it is different and she doesn't try to X-factor it up with bollocksy high notes unless they are necessary. This is a smart track which is pretty fearless and very honest.
Drink to get Drunk: This is my favourite song on the album and is one I could really relate to when I was a tad younger, it is again very honest, you eat to satiate hunger, use keys to open doors and she admits she uses booze to unlock her. This is a thoughtful song, with a jazzy backing sound, the woozy chorus is awesome and the lyrics are anhilistic and appropriate for the subject, this is a slow burner which really hits the spot, ok we can enjoy alcohol but realistically it is often used to relax and release a less stressed 'Fun Bobby' version of ourselves. Wicked tune, fantastic vocals, awesome music, just a pretty fantastic tune all round!!
Taken for Granted: This contains a sample from Prokofiev's 'Dance of the Knights' over a dance beat, this is a cool song, it is musically excellent and the chorus burns into the back of your head, the song builds up and we really hear the full range of Sia's fantastic voice, effortless but charming. This got to number 10 in the UK charts in 2000 but I think this was around the time William Orbit released a classical dance album, so it may just have been in vogue, as subsequent songs bombed here.
Blow it all away: I love this it starts with such a sorrow filled beat, and a depressed, quietly spoken vocal performance from Sia, this had its name changed in America before release due to sensitivity over the Twin tower bombings at the time.
I like this song, it is complex and the song really builds up nicely, the backing sound includes organs, sax, guitars and they all move about with a nice sample underscoring the whole piece. Lyrically this is a very honest song and the whole album seems to be talking about somebody who has cut this woman up quite badly.
Get Me: Nice use of samples again, this has a heavy bass thumping through it and nice touches over the vocal, this is a kind of trip hop, jazzy, funky piece reminiscent of a Roots Manuva beat, the chorus is very funky and the main singing is fine, not one of the best songs on the album, but catchy in its own way.
I'm not important to you: This song is 6 minutes long, starts with a nice booty-call-esque beat, this song explodes into life with a wonderful sprawling melody, Sia sounds awesome and the song is actually brilliant for about 5 minutes, nice chorus, excellent vocals. I like the lyrics on this song, its a F**k you to someone who has played this woman. Its a strong song and this sense of fighting back from pain is recurrent through the whole album. A wicked song, which is motivating and wants you to go find people who've messed you around and give them a good telling off!
Sober and Unkissed: Lovely, nice use of acoustic guitar, but this is totally overpowered by Sia's amazing voice, this is stunning and then the beats kick in and the funk level is pumped up to eleven, a nice ragga beat, wicked tune all round really.
Healing is Difficult: Love the complexity of the musical style, organs, lots of samples, a voice that is soooooo funky, this is a tune all in. Love the way Sia sings a hugely intelligent and downbeat song with such upbeat lyrics. Why are my skills in bed more important than sanity is a question many of us may have asked, its a smart lyric and a fantastic song.
Judge Me: Lovely start again, Sia sounds like a soul diva at the start, but then some wicked samples kick in and we get the full range of her vocal talent, this does sound a little dated with the drum machine, but this is a flowing track, which is lyrically excellent.
Little Man: Love this tune, absolutely love it, with a riff from some smoky jazz jam, underlying samples and a breathy lyric from Sia, she sounds so hot on this song, but to be fair this is more a song about teaching a young man, its so cool, so funky, so thoughtful. Love this song, love the idea behind it, its an inspirational tune.
Insidiously: Nearly 8 minutes long this is a cool song, with a wicked chorus, it is a bit too long, but this is music for lounging about and chilling to not dancing to, so enjoy it, it sprawls effortlessly kicking out at haters and bad people. A cool song, not the best on the album, but superior to most tunes.
Little man Remix: This is a remix of the previously mentioned Little Man, this offers a calypso sample and speeds the whole vocal up somewhat with drum and bass behind it, a cool and original remix.
Drink to Get Drunk Remix: A nice remix speeding up this tune but not speeding up the vocal works as Sia spits out lyrics over funky beats.
I absolutely love this album, I bought it years ago in HMV for £9.99 but it stands the test of time brilliantly, Sia is original and has not been sanitised by her record company or forced to conform like so many female artists, she mixes acid jazz, funk, soul, jazz and drum and bass, her voice is incredible, original and honest, while her lyrics are excellent.
This is an album i'd heartily recommend, its downbeat at times, but has some positive if honest messages to transmit over excellent beats. This is a fearless album and it doesn't conform which I love, it also doesn't try and make everything nice and perfect, it shows relationships, personal weaknesses and attitudes for what they are, good or bad.
There is a version of this album on Amazon for £18.49 but you should be able to download it on I-Tunes for much less. This is important and relevant and difficult to pigeonhole.
I really rate this album and think she is one of a number of exceptionally talented female artists around right now, she is starting to get the recognition her skills deserve but they have been an awful long time coming.
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