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Some People Have Real Problems

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SOME PEOPLE HAVE REAL PROBLEMS is Sia's first album in more than three years. This new collection of music is an upbeat, quirky and achingly gorgeous, endeavor that features incredible song writing and lush arrangements to frame Sias stunning vocals. Features her first single "Day Too Soon."

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After a smattering of success surrounding her inclusion in the Six Feet Under series finale with the song "Breathe Me," and collaborations with electronic stars Massive Attack and Zero 7, Sia (Furler) returns with a pop record that's witty and touching, alternately funny and achingly melancholy. Shades of Fiona Apple cross with Joss Stone's blue-eyed soul. Sia shines on a terrifically sung take on the Kinks' (by way of the Pretenders cover) "I Go To Sleep" and her own deeply felt "Lentil." Many of these songs shimmer with a radio-friendly gloss, but the show belongs to this eccentric Australian, who bravely subverts the accessible production through winking and sometimes sinister lyrics. Beck guests on the metaphor-packed "Academia," book-ending lines like "you're a difficult equation with a knack for heart evasion" with a mournful chorus that strips away the lyrical cleverness to plumb the broken-hearted depths of a ruined relationship. Check your enhanced CD for a truly strange video for the hidden bonus track, "Buttons," in which Sia distorts her face using a wide variety of objects, including scotch tape, fishnet hose, and a condom, to name a few. If this playing with her own image is Sia's warning shot across the bow of a popular music industry obsessed with the visual, it'll make you think twice about what you're seeing, but can't distract from the intoxicating soundscape she delivers. --Ben Heege

1. Little Black Sandals
2. Lentil
3. Day Too Soon
4. You Have Been Loved
5. The Girl You Lost To Cocaine
6. Academia
7. I Go To Sleep
8. Playground
9. Death By Chocolate
10. Soon We'll Be Found
11. Electric Bird
12. Beautiful Calm Driving
13. Lullaby

Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 8, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hear Music
  • ASIN: B0010DJ1VA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,915 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Russell Evansen on January 10, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Those who know Sia Furler from her outstanding work with Zero 7 - or even her previous solo album "Colour the Small One" - may be a bit surprised by the approach she takes here. Lacking the electronic sheen of her previous work, this latest release is more straight-up pop-soul, but it mostly works very well. The lead-off track "Little Black Sandals" should be a radio hit (if radio had any intelligent life) and throughout, Sia's distinctive vocals come through loud and clear. It's hard to believe she's still so young, since it seems like she's been around for a while. But up to now she's been kind of a figure in the background, with one of those voices that makes you grab the track listings on a CD and search desperately for the singer's name. With this record, she steps out of the shadows and into the spotlight. I hope it brings her the attention she deserves.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By RavenLullaby on January 26, 2008
Format: Audio CD
This is the first album I purchased by Sia, and I have to say that I'm loving "Some People Have Real Problems". Sia's voice is mellow, but it also has an intoxicating quality to it. I like pretty much all the songs on here, but the ones that really stand out to me are "Lentil", "Day Too Soon", and "Academia". My absolute favorites from this record are "Soon We'll Be Found" which conveys a situation of a couple that's having problems and fighting perfectly, "Lullaby" which is simple, yet so haunting, and "I Go To Sleep", which I think is becoming one of my favorite songs, because the way she sings it is really captivating, and you can almost feel the loneliness, as she sings about missing someone she loves. I'm going to get Sia's other albums now, since I'm enjoying this one a lot.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Garden nymph on December 5, 2008
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Sia's unusual voice first grabbed my attention on Zero 7's "Simple Things". After seeing her perform at the Bat Bar on DirctTV's channel 101, I bought this album. I love it, but she may not be for everyone. She is quirky and weird and it does come through on songs like Acedemia, Playground, and Buttons. If you're not sure, go to YouTube and check out her videos. She does some very nice work on Morning Becomes Eclectic (KCRW)You get a clean recording of her superb voice control and her exceptional band. And you can hear songs in their entirety. As a matter of fact I think the version of "I Go to Sleep" on the KCRW album "Sounds Eclectic-The Covers Project" is better than the one on this album - not quite so slow. She is on the mainstream radar now since her recent performance on Dave Letterman. Watch that one too. She is so genuinely happy and thrilled David Letterman loved her performance that she jumps up and down like a little kid. In the end, it's her exceptional voice that stays with you.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By vermont girl on January 28, 2008
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Once again, Sia has created a beautiful, thoughtful, personal album. The tracks are all quite unique as is her style. Her voice seems to be maturing with time and age into an ever improving artist. I Go to Sleep is one of my favorite tracks as well as Little Black Sandals...It's great to hear a voice like hers amidst all of the pre-packaged, overly manufactured crap that the recording industry tries to shove down our throats these days.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mark on June 1, 2009
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I saw Sia on "later with Jools Holland" from the UK and was stunned. She just mesmerised me with her voice and stage presence. Id never heard of her. Coldplay were on the same show and they looked to be equally blown away.

Jools said she was Australian which stunned me more because i follow the music scene closely (or so i thought) here in Australia and hadnt heard of her. She certainly isnt what i would call big here in Australia.

BUT that must surely be about to change. This woman is amazing.

The song "soon will be found" got me hook line and sinker.

Get into her music now and watch her take the world by storm.

Another Australian is about to take it to the world !!!!

Just sensational !!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Marc Cabir Davis on January 31, 2008
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Reviews on Amazon for this album tend to neglect the obvious comparison that Sia should evoke - Leslie Feist. If at all you liked "1234" or Feist's full length album "The Reminder", you will love this album. It is definitely an acquired taste, but if you were hooked by that "Six Feet Under" track, then theres a lot here to love.

On my Ipod, it seems as though these songs need to breathe on a big system instead. Sia's breathy voice is suited for both jazz-oriented, as well as regular pop songs (both genres are present on this record). Though not a huge follower of her work, I had indeed heard "Color the Small One" a few years ago, and this album is definitely more listenable than that one.

The only thing I didn't quite get was the samey-sounding tracks towards the end of the album. It reminded me of 2007's albums by A Fine Frenzy, Sara Bareilles and even Vanessa Carlton - all of whom had some good songs on their CD, but not much variety. If not for this, I would award this album a good four stars.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kristen M. Venditto on September 16, 2009
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I stumbled upon Zero 7 and discovered Sia, a group member, shortly afterwards. I have never felt music on this level before. I love many genres of music but hands down this is the best cd I have ever heard. If you into Duffy, Adele, Regina Spektor, Amy Winehouse etc.. I recommend Sia! She is by far my favorite!
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