Sia Gets Personal in “1000 Forms of Fear”

Sia, the Australian singer that’s been featured on David Guetta’s  “Titanium”  and Wild Ones with Flo Rida, has released her sixth studio album entitled 1000 Forms of Fear. Compared to her 2010 album We Are Bornher new album has a darker tone lyrically, which really contrasts with the light and fun sound that We Are Born had, but doesn’t fail to be filled with songs that tell stories of loneliness, pain, love, and revival of self.  With Greg Kurstin, Diplo, and Jesse Shatkin, as some of the producers behind the album, 1000 Forms of Fear seems to be the album our ears have been yearning for.

Many of the songs on this album fall under the category of Dark Pop, in that many of them have an up-tempo, fun beat with dark or semi-dark lyrics, while others are much slower ballads that also have dark lyrics.  “Chandelier,” the first single with a music video that’s been seen over 64 million times on YouTube, is a ridiculously catchy tune that describes the events and feelings in the life of a party girl.  The song mixes a hip-hop sound with strong piano and synths.  “Eye of the Needle,” in addition to the first single, really captures the power and range behind Sia’s voice, as does “Hostage” with a Ska sound reminiscent of an early No Doubt.  “Big Girls Cry,” is one of the strong ballads on the album. The lyrics frame a statement that tough girls hurt, too, which can be relatable to many women out there.  “Burn the Pages” mixes a tinge of Reggae beat with a Pop sound and talks of getting out of a rut.

 “Straight for the Knife” is a slower ballad, but situationally in the album, it’s one of the very few songs that seemed lackluster. It tells of a pretty intense lover’s quarrel that develops, but it was a bit too slow, without a climax moment.  “Fair Game” disguises itself as a timid song with the light piano throughout, but actually seems to taunt a stereotypical manly man.  One aspect that stood out was the use of cello, giving the song a bit of a classical sound.  “Elastic Heart,” which was produced by Diplo, is a song that you can’t help but bob your head to. The looping of a phrase that one can’t really understand and the trap sound was really surprising and stood out from the rest of the songs. “Free the Animal” is another pop track with an upbeat tempo and lyrics that describe a viciously intense relationship. “Fire Meet Gasoline” also wasn’t too attention-grabbing, although the start of the song had an eerie muffled piano in the background. “Cellophane” really darkens the mood towards the end, being the second to last song on the album, while “Dressed in Black” ends the album with a powerful, Alternative sound that was completely unexpected.  A little over six minutes long, the song has a different kind of eerie piano planing in the background with a pounding chorus and an outro that has no lyrics, but is still mind-blowing.

Although there were a few songs that were sub par, 1000 Forms of Fear is an album that seems to have been worth the four-year wait.  Sia, on her own, is a powerhouse and a half that is finally getting the recognition for her own work, and if one needs proof that she can hold her own, this album is the best proof.

5 Comments

  1. Victoria watts

    July 22, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    Her voice blows my mind!

  2. David

    July 22, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    I like Chandelier. Its a good party song

  3. Wakana

    July 23, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    Sia is fantastic. I can’t wait until all her songs take over the radio.

  4. Lauren S

    July 23, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    Love the “Elastic Heart” track, her lyrics remind me a bit of Marina and the Diamonds.

  5. Amie

    July 24, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    I never realized how many songs she actually has written that have been featured on the radio by various artists; she is an incredible talent with an amazing voice. If you ever have a chance look up some of her radio interviews, her creativity will be sure to rub off on you.

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