Sia's '1000 Forms of Fear' review

By Kabraun Dixon,
Sia proves she can write good songs for herself, too.
Author Rating: 
3.5 Stars

After writing hit after hit like “Diamonds” by Rihanna, “Pretty Hurts” for Beyoncé and "Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself)" by Ne-Yo and featuring on hit singles like Flo Rida’s “Wild Ones” and “Titanium” by David Guetta, Sia is ready to lead her career to top with her sonically interesting album, 1000 Forms of Fear.

The album is led by the top-20 single “Chandelier.” The song’s chorus burst with loud energy and impressively it’s led by her strong and enchanting voice rather than some overproduced beat led by soaring synthesizer. Her vocals just evolve as the chorus goes on. She reaches those notes that you probably never even new existed. The song is full of so much energy that you forget for a second that it’s sad.

Despite what Fergie told you, big girls DO cry, well, according to Sia they do. “I may cry, ruining my makeup/Wash away all the things you've taken/I don't care if I don't look pretty/Big girls cry when their hearts are breaking,” Sia sings on “Big Girls Cry.”

For the most part the album is pretty upbeat, but she strips it down for “Fair Game” which is an emotional ballad and it fits her voice perfectly.
“Eye of the Needle” sounds like a future single with its radio-friendly chorus despite its sad nature.

The poppy productions on songs like “Free the Animal,” “Hostage” and “Burn the Page” may give off positive energy but the message of the album is dark and is about heartache. They way that the message is hidden in fun and joyful beats is reminiscent of Rihanna’s “We Found Love.”

Overall, it’s a good album by a respected figure in the music industry. However, 1000 Forms of Fear at times is repetitive and could be a bit stronger.

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