We Are Born (Sony)

Rating: NNN

Sia sounds much more cheerful and upbeat on this album than ever before, and that’s not a bad thing. This new perky pop side of her personality generates some great moments on We Are Born even if she sometimes seems to be trying a little too hard for mainstream crossover. Sure, she’s got a great ear for a hook and a pretty voice, but it’s her quirkiness that sets her apart and has garnered her so much attention over the years.


Producer Greg Kurstin (Lily Allen, Kylie Minogue) has his fingerprints all over the disc, and he gets great results when he pushes things toward disco rock territory. It’s only when Sia sets her sights on stadium pop that she falters, and even then it’s miles better than most of the drivel she’s going up against on the charts. Not as good as we were hoping, but still strong enough to make us excited about the next chapter.

Top track: Hurting Me Now

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