Release Date: July 4, 2014
Sia is best known for her voice on David Guetta’s track, “Titanium," meaning that she never really got much recognition for her own work. With her latest album, 1000 Forms Of Fear, Sia seems like she aimed to make her solo work more commercially acceptable. Sia’s old work (see Some People Have Real Problems and We Are Born) was heavily influenced by a type of alternative pop that will leave you thinking you’re listening to a Macy Gray album. With 100 Forms Of Fear it was almost as if Sia knew she needed another “Titanium" but that she didn’t want to lose her "Sia sound." With the album, Sia had this really interesting concept where she would only depict a blonde-bob on other people to metaphorically reference her songs’ true meanings. This concept kept getting more and more intriguing when Sia announced that she wasn’t going to show her face either because she wanted te record to be more about the music and more about the meaning behind it rather than the face singing the songs. "Chandelier " became a huge hit for obvious reasons; it was fun, depressing, and catchy all packed into a three and a half minute song.
After all the hype around the album, after the interesting concept, after the glorious single, when the album finally dropped, we were excited to get our hands on it. Sadly, the problem was that the record was extremely underwhelming; as if every track was just playing off of each other and that there was really only one sound to the record. It feels as if Sia found a sound she thought would work and stuck to it, hoping to let the record sell itself, sadly that tactic doesn’t always work anymore. Tracks like “Eye Of The Needle" and "Free The Animal" come off slightly different from the rest, but not in a good way, in the sense that they are presented differently; they are almost duller and more monotone than the other tracks. If I had to pick another track off the record that I enjoyed, it would have to be "Fire Meet Gasoline." Even if it still does have the exact same feel as the other tracks, her vocals are on point and the lyrics are easier to relate to than some of the others. If I had to decide, I honestly wouldn’t recommend this over other albums that have come out recently, especially since this odd "pop" album came out around the same time as La Roux’s Trouble In Paradise and Kyla La Grange’s Cut Your Teeth. If you’re gonna check it out though, keep your expectations low, maybe I set the bar too high and came out disappointed.
★★★★★★✩✩✩✩ | 6/10
Standout Tracks: ”Chandelier,” “Fire Meet Gasoline,” & “Burn The Pages”