Sia – Some People Have Real Problems (2008)

I got into Sia around the time that her sound became more radio-friendly and commercial, so this pre-“1000 Forms of Fear” album was an entirely different side of the electrifying performer. After hearing it I’m thinking that I might prefer Sia’s new sound over her older output. It’s not that it’s bad, it’s actually pretty pleasant overall – it’s that it’s so muted compared to her other work that it can’t help but feel underwhelming to my ears. There are a few strong songs here and there, like “Little Black Sandals,” “Day Too Soon” and “The Girl You Lost to Cocaine,” but they would be marginal at best on her newer albums. This is one of those times where an artist made a transition that I find irresistible, and the earlier stuff doesn’t quite do it for me.

Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)

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