Some People Have Real Problems

Some People Have Real Problems

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by Sia
     
 

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Some People Have Real Problems is Sia's first release on the Starbucks-affiliated Hear Music label, following acts like Paul McCartney and Joni Mitchell. Given the burst of attention Sia got when her song "Breathe Me" was used to excellent effect in the final scenes of theSee more details below

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Some People Have Real Problems is Sia's first release on the Starbucks-affiliated Hear Music label, following acts like Paul McCartney and Joni Mitchell. Given the burst of attention Sia got when her song "Breathe Me" was used to excellent effect in the final scenes of the series finale of the HBO show Six Feet Under, which brought the Australian singer/songwriter to a much wider audience than was familiar with her earlier work with Zero 7 and Massive Attack, it makes perfect sense. With her old-school soul vocal style, with just a hint of roughness under her delicate high-register tones, set against the contemporary sophistication of her music, Sia is exactly the sort of artist a middle-aged Starbucks devotee who wants to remain at least tangentially hip would flock to: if Amy Winehouse did yoga instead of Jack Daniels, she'd sound a lot like Sia. But fans of Sia's earlier releases may well be in for a shock: Some People Have Real Problems sounds like a concerted grab for the Mum Rock demographic, those looking for something to listen to while they're waiting for Corinne Bailey Rae and Regina Spektor to release new albums. Considerably more pop-oriented and uptempo than the chilly electronica that made her name, songs like "Buttons" and "Academia" (one of two songs featuring Beck on harmony vocals; the other, "Death by Chocolate," also features Jason Lee and Giovanni Ribisi) also seem designed to attract the audience that fell for Feist's "1234." It would be easy to condemn Sia for such a naked brass ring grab except for one somewhat surprising point: the change actually suits her. The newly varied arrangements, moods, and textures of this album, from the mournful piano-led cover of the Kinks' "I Go to Sleep" through the horn-based R&B swing of "Electric Bird" to the sarcastic bounce of "The Girl You Lost to Cocaine," make Some People Have Real Problems Sia's most engrossing and satisfying album yet.

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Editorial Reviews

Entertainment Weekly
Sia ditches the sleepy pace of prior efforts for a throatier soul sound that jibes with her quietly crescendoing tunes.... Lesley Savage A-

Product Details

Release Date:
01/08/2008
Label:
Hear Music
UPC:
0888072306295
catalogNumber:
30629
Rank:
5561

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sia   Primary Artist,Vocals
Larry Goldings   Keyboards
Beck   Vocals,Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Greg Kurstin   Keyboards
Joey Waronker   Drums
Oliver Kraus   Strings
Mary Pearce   Background Vocals
Inara George   Background Vocals
Martin Slattery   Clarinet,Flute,Percussion
Jim Hunt   Brass
Ed Stevens   Keyboards
Dan Carey   Guitar
Dominic Glover   Brass
Jimmy Hogarth   Guitar,Percussion,Keyboards
Brian Lebarton   Background Vocals
Giovanni Ribisi   Background Vocals
Felix Bloxsom   Percussion,Drums
Lucia Ribisi   Vocals,Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Gus Seyffert   Guitar,Background Vocals
Binki Shapiro   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Tony Cousins   Mastering
Pete Davis   Programming
Sia   Cover Art
Freescha   Composer
Emery Dobyns   Engineer
Jimmy Hogarth   Producer
Peter Lloyd   Inspiration

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