We Are Born

We Are Born

From the first funky verse of opening cut “The Fight,” it’s crystal clear that We Are Born is a more upbeat and danceable outing than Some People Have Real Problems. Sia Furler partially credits the change in sound to her inspiring relationship with DJ JD Samson of Le Tigre and MEN. But she also has said that We Are Born was somewhat influenced by revisiting her childhood love for early recordings by Cyndi Lauper and Madonna. The infectious disco-fueled “You’ve Changed,” is an instant summer hit that kicks Sia’s fourth album into the stratosphere, making for a universal party soundtrack. It starts with a toy piano hinting at the hook before beats fall like hot rain and Sia comes in singing with a newfound voice, crooning more soulfully than ever before. In the equally contagious “Clap Your Hands” her voice recalls divas of the ‘90s as Britpop guitar riffs crank under a Velcro-catchy chorus loaded with more hooks than a pirate party. Those who miss Sia’s down-tempo musings might appreciate her gorgeous and gossamer cover of Madonna’s “Oh Father.” 

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