1000 Forms of Fear

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All Music Guide - John D. Buchanan
This sixth album from the Aussie downtempo singer/songwriter comes four years after 2010's We Are Born. Her most successful album to date, it went to number two in her home country, but her subsequent fear of fame led to drug and alcohol problems and a suicide attempt, and she eventually negotiated a new contract with RCA stipulating that she would not have to tour or do press. Her experiences have naturally shaped a much darker record than before, of which the powerful, almost overwhelming single "Chandelier" is the first fruit.
All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Talk about a sidelong entrance into a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John D. Buchanan
This sixth album from the Aussie downtempo singer/songwriter comes four years after 2010's We Are Born. Her most successful album to date, it went to number two in her home country, but her subsequent fear of fame led to drug and alcohol problems and a suicide attempt, and she eventually negotiated a new contract with RCA stipulating that she would not have to tour or do press. Her experiences have naturally shaped a much darker record than before, of which the powerful, almost overwhelming single "Chandelier" is the first fruit.
All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Talk about a sidelong entrance into a pop career: when the pressures of trying to make it as a star in her own right became too much after the release of 2010's We Are Born, Sia Furler became a songwriter for some of pop's biggest names -- but the hits she helped create, like David Guetta's "Titanium" and Flo Rida's "Wild Ones," ended up making her famous anyway. Even if it wasn't her plan, her time behind the scenes helped make the pop landscape into a place more hospitable to her charms. On 1000 Forms of Fear, it's clear that her time as a hitmaker for others not only brought her quirks into the mainstream, but also made the songs she kept for herself catchier. To be fair, We Are Born began this transformation; its unexpected but winning mix of new wave, synth pop, and R&B brought newfound polish to her highly personal style. Here, she simplifies her songwriting-as-therapy aesthetic even further, using broader strokes and bigger hooks to convey freedom from the past on "Burn the Pages" and "Straight for the Knife"'s shimmering death wishes. Alongside these less insular but emotionally complex moments are the sexy, sharp-edged "Free the Animal" or the all-consuming romance of "Fire Meet Gasoline," which any of her clients would love to call their own. Sia was wise to keep them for herself, though; even if the epic album opener "Chandelier" initially sounds like a demo for Rihanna -- with whom Furler shares an idiosyncratic, keening voice -- she gives it an entirely different kind of charisma, fueling the song's hedonism with giddy anxiety rather than tough-girl cool. Likewise, "Eye of the Needle" and the nearly seven-minute album closer "Dressed in Black" are high-drama ballads with more depth than the ones she writes for hire. That said, some of 1000 Forms of Fear's best moments recall her previous album's eclectic sprawl. "Hostage," a chugging guitar pop collaboration with the Strokes' Nick Valensi, offers a refreshing change of pace from the rest of the album's intensity as well as a credit that stands out from the more expected likes of Greg Kurstin and Diplo. While it's not quite as original-sounding as We Are Born, 1000 Forms of Fear is an appealing balance of Sia the artiste and Sia the chart-topping songwriter. To say it's her most accessible album yet doesn't diminish it or her previous albums; instead, it's the sound of Furler owning her success.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/8/2014
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 888430740426
  • Catalog Number: 307404
  • Sales rank: 270

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Chandelier (3:36)
  2. 2 Big Girls Cry (3:31)
  3. 3 Burn the Pages (3:15)
  4. 4 Eye of the Needle (4:09)
  5. 5 Hostage (2:56)
  6. 6 Straight for the Knife (3:32)
  7. 7 Fair Game (3:52)
  8. 8 Elastic Heart (4:17)
  9. 9 Free the Animal (4:25)
  10. 10 Fire Meet Gasoline (4:01)
  11. 11 Cellophane (4:27)
  12. 12 Dressed In Black (6:40)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sia Primary Artist
Greg Kurstin Organ, Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Celeste, Drums, Keyboards, Xylophone, Mellotron, chamberlain
Nick Valensi Guitar
Jesse Shatkin Drums, Keyboards
Zöe Zag Fonts
Technical Credits
Sam Dixon Composer
Greg Kurstin Composer, Producer, Engineer, Vocal Engineer
Sia Executive Producer, Art Direction
Emily Lazar Mastering
Nick Valensi Composer
Rob Kleiner Vocal Engineer
Justin Parker Composer
Sia Furler Composer
Bob McLynn Management
Diplo Producer, Engineer, drum programming
Jesse Shatkin Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer
Alex Pasco Engineer
Grant Michaels Composer
Jasper Leak Composer
Jonathan Daniel Management
Andrew Swanson Composer, Engineer, drum programming
Thomas Pentz Composer
Christopher Braide Composer, Vocal Engineer, Vocal Producer
Julian Burg Engineer
David Russell Management
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2014

    Sia has made an exceptional comeback with this album. Impresssiv

    Sia has made an exceptional comeback with this album. Impresssive vocals.

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