Music Review – Sia

sia-1000-forms-of-fear-album-cover-1402954560Sia1000 Forms Of Fear  (RCA)

It’s astounding to note that Sia has never really had a huge Top 40 hit of her own. She’s written them for the biggest pop stars (Rihanna, Katy Perry, Kylie Minogue, Beyoncé), but this publicity-shy hitmaker has yet to achieve her own stardom. By the time you read this, though, her glorious “Chandelier” has been reigning on the top of the charts. Trust me when I tell you there are many more on this superb album. First, let’s laser-focus on that voice, which is absolutely stunning in its sheer power and melodic beauty. Second, the songs themselves are remarkable. She’s able to balance stirring, emotional ballads with mid-tempo dance beats and some rock grit, and she has a singular sound all her own. Prime Cuts: “Burn the Pages,” “Eye of the Needle,” “Hostage” —Paul V for the Independent FM