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  • Audio CD (January 10, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Astralwerks
  • ASIN: B000CNDIZE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,626 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is the US debut from the voice behind Zero 7 and the soundtrack Six Feet Under: Everything Ends. CD features remixes from Four Teta and Ulrich Schnauss and b-sides exclusive to the US release. Includes 'The Bully' that was co-written with Beck. Astralwerks. 2006.

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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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Breathe Me is happily on the cd three times and I LOVE that song!!
T. Noland
There's a couple throw away songs that don't really go with the rest of the album, but that doesn't hurt it too much That's key to a good cd.
Matthew Culver
Sia has a wonderful voice and great talent as a songwriter - a gorgeous, heartfelt album for all lovers of female singer/songwriters.
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144 of 147 people found the following review helpful By L. G. Mabry on August 23, 2005
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Sometimes it's amazing what it takes to make a good album successful. I've owned, and enjoyed Colour the Small One for nearly two years. I've talked it up to friends (especially fans of the group Zero 7), but since it never got a domestic release in the US, the import price kept most people away. But now, after being featured prominently in preseason teasers and the final episode of Six Feet Under, "Breathe Me" has finally put some light on this unheralded artist. About darned time!

I initially became familiar with Sia Furler as one of the three highly distincttive singers on Zero 7's excellent debut record. Looking for more of the same, I purchased Healing Is Difficult, her first solo record. I was slightly disappointed. Although Healing... contained some great songs ("Drink to Get Drunk," "Blow It All Away," and especially, "I'm Not Important to You"), the record also contained a number of quirky, melodically weak up-tempo tunes. Colour the Small One is the better album.

Although informed by the blissed-out chill of Zero 7, Sia's second album has a certain sleepy appeal all its own. The lanquid music perfectly compliments the singer's soulful, semi-slurred delivery and introspective lyrics. Along with "Breathe Me," the songs "Numb," "Rewrite," and "Sunday" perfectly capture the feeling of (to quote "Numb") "living in your head without anything to numb you." Sia's occasional quirkiness remains, on songs like "Sweet Potato," but seems more natural now.

The music people finding distinctive music to feature on Six Feet Under deserve credit for locating an undiscovered gem this time. It's really gratfying to see how many people have been moved by "Breathe Me" to seek out more music from Sia. And it's good to see an artist I've liked and recommended finally starting to get her due. I can't tell you how rarely that happens. But one final hurdle remains: the domestic release. Pay attention, Universal! Get this record out over here!
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54 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Cale E. Reneau on April 9, 2006
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You always feel a little behind-the-pack when you first hear an album 2 years after it's intial release. Concordantly, you feel like a bigger tool when you review an album 2 years after it's initial release. That, however, is precisely what I am doing. In my defense, the album wasn't released in the United States until January 10, 2006. I think there's a good 4 month window where it is appropriate to review a piece of work and I generally follow that rule of thumb. So, seeing as how I have never been outside of the United States of America, I finde it more than appropriate to review Sia's 2004 album "Colour the Small One."

Disclaimers aside, this is a beautiful album. Being, as the Europeans would say, a narrow-minded American, you have probably never become acquainted with Sia, at least in the personal sense. Fans of the group Zero 7 can immediately distinguish her voice as a frequent guest vocalist for the group, including the song "In the Waiting Line" from the Garden State soundtrack. Her voice is soft, intimate, and painful. A random assortment of adjectives, yes, but it accurately depicts the heart and soul of this album.

At first listen, you'll love it. This is not a stretch. But listen to it again, focus on the lyrics and you'll be entering Sia's world, where her most intimate thoughts and emotions are revealed. It's a refreshing experience, but at the same time, a frightening one. So rarely does an artist open up and become frank with her audience. It's as if Fiona Apple softened her voice and made an entire album of the song "Parting Gift."

Sia begins the album by proclaiming "You don't know me/You can't hold me/I'll slip through your hands/I am one single grain of sand.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Akemi on January 10, 2006
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Sia's vocals are painful, heartfelt and intense. The melodies on this CD are excellent and well arranged from the old fashioned piano in Breathe Me to the electric guitar work in Moon. I adore the arrangement of these songs, the raw vunerability of them. This is the sort of thing I love to hear in music. Strong powerful feelings, excellent lyrics.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By inhighspeed on February 20, 2006
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I will probably regret not giving this cd 5 stars. This is an intriguing cd. "Rewrite" starts off, an incredibly engaging song, with a smoldering yet hopeful "happy chorus," as one critic has described it. It has a laughing through tears quality, you don't know if she's just met a new love, walking out on the old one, or if the song is about the creative process, with literal "rewrites," and the lyrics are somewhat cryptic. Other highlights are "The Bully," "Moon," "Sunday." I don't know who to compare her to; totally original, incorporeal, melodic Euro-pop (although she is from Australia), but fans of Tori Amos and Charlotte Martin should like.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Zengrrl on November 12, 2005
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This album has gotten some recent, if much delayed, buzz due to the the inclusion of "Breathe Me" on the second Six Feet Under soundtrack "Everything Ends" (thank you, Astralwerks, for yet another incredible compilation/production). If you saw the series finale of Six Feet Under, "Breathe Me" is the song in the very last scene when Claire leaves for NYC, a scene forever burned in the minds of every Six Feet Under fan. Dear God, what beautiful and haunting song.

Fortunately, I am happy to report this is NOT one of those CDs that you purchase only to find the song which spurred the purchase is the only song you would ever listen to. This entire album is gem. Sia's vocals, as could be expected, are on point. While the other songs are not like "Breathe Me" in sound, they are just as equally effective. Overall, I would describe this album as downtempto trip-hop, but with Sia's unique treatment. It is beautifully varied and always delivers Sia's voice to your ears with a sly smile.

Give Sia a try. She is so much more than "Breathe Me", though this song gives you a definite impression of her yet to be discovered genious. I would also highly recommend her first solo album, "Healing is Difficult", which contains her other cult-favorite song "Blow It All Away".
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