Some People Have Real Problems
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2008 solo release from the vocalist best known for her work with Zero 7. Some People Have Real Problems is an upbeat and genre-defying collection that perfectly captures her powerful vocals and distinctive lyrics. 13 tracks including the first single 'Day Too Soon'.
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 HeegeSee all Editorial Reviews
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I am so glad I did. In my search I found out what she looks like but more importantly, I found the most precious underrated singer/songwriter I have ever heard. She is also very honest, approachable, humble and wears her heart on her sleeve.
Not only does she have one of the greatest voices ever but her songwriting is brilliant, pure genius. I do not use those terms lightly. She blew me away and instantly became my favorite artist. Sia's older music before she started covering her face in 2015 is genius. She should have become famous long before now. (that's why I call her underrated). If you can't find something to love about Sia then you're either a hater or hate music.
All of a sudden, this melody started playing. Then came a voice. It sounded so familiar. I can’t think of the name of the artists it reminds me of. But it was great. I listened to every song.
Most albums have a few good songs. This one however, every song is great. I think every song could be a hit single. The music is catchy and relaxing. Also, you can tune it out if you have to. If you need to think about something and just have to focus everything on that one thing, the music is such that you can just turn it off. It was great.
I cannot believe I’ve never heard of her. Music is my thing. I read a bit about her and found she has had some trouble, be it in her mind, with labels. She needs more press. She really is fantastic.
If you want some music with catchy, relaxing and fund music, I would get this album. I thought my mom would enjoy it. So, I got it from Amazon for her. We listened today, while we were out doing stuff. She did like it.
I just hit me! She reminds me of the artist that sings the song, feeling like a criminal. I am not sure if that is the name of the song. But, her voice has the same tone.
Sia is the real deal when it comes to a performer that interacts with her fans and gives them what they want. As well as a strong live performer with her powerful live vocals and cheerful persona. She's magical.
From the first track Little Black Sandals, to Lentil, Soon we’ll be found, and many others in this amazing album. Her voice has a variety of beautiful sounds and expressions. She knows how to play with it to the point of abandonment while all the same, being in complete control. And how intelligent and strong is her song writing. From Academia, Playground to Beautiful Calm Driving,her writing has somehow reached a deep place within my heart that's hard to put into words. An absolute enjoyment, this album even contains a hidden track called Buttons within Lullaby. Check it out. 10 out of 10!
Sia keeps to her middle range here and does it brilliantly, but only later will we find out exactly high high she can truly soar.
P.S. My 3 year old LOVES the enclosed colorful kiddie artwork! The CD comes with 7 square card inserts with children's artwork printed on both sides.