CD Review: Sia

Some People Have Real Problems
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By David Chiu

Soul and pop dominates this Australian singer’s latest album, which sounds like a throwback to the confessional melodic pop of a Laura Nyro. There is a romantic and whimsical aspect to the songs, from the upbeat pop of “Academia” (which features Beck) and “Playground,” to the jazzy Lullaby and romantic-sounding Lentil. Sia sings like a gospel singer especially on the bluesy and grandiose “Death by Chocolate,” and she delivers a rather sexy tone on her intepretation of the Ray Davies song “I Go To Sleep.” Her voice complements this rich soulful record with majestic grace and elegance.

See a clip of Sia’s “Buttons” on YouTube:


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