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All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
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.
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-
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/8/2008
  • Label: Hear Music
  • UPC: 888072306295
  • Catalog Number: 30629
  • Sales rank: 36,562

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Little Black Sandals (4:14)
  2. 2 Lentil (4:26)
  3. 3 Day Too Soon (4:23)
  4. 4 You Have Been Loved (4:23)
  5. 5 The Girl You Lost to Cocaine (2:40)
  6. 6 Academia (3:16)
  7. 7 I Go to Sleep (3:46)
  8. 8 Playground (3:28)
  9. 9 Death by Chocolate (5:02)
  10. 10 Soon We'll Be Found (4:20)
  11. 11 Electric Bird (4:25)
  12. 12 Beautiful Calm Driving (5:02)
  13. 13 Lullaby (12:25)
  14. 14 Buttons (3:14)
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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Absolute Love! A definite buy if you are looking for one of Sia's cds.

    I absolutely love this cd. I heard the live version of "I Go to Sleep" and loved it! I went to buy the Lady Croissant cd, but the store did not have it in stock so I bought this one instead and am so glad I did. Even though "I Go to Sleep" is not the live version I am so pleased with the music as a whole. It gets better and better each time I listen to it. I ended up getting the Lady Croissant as well and totally did not like it. If you are looking for a cd by Sia, this is the one to buy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Far better than the cover would suggest

    Love this album...great soulful voice, good variety, clever lyrics. Definitely worth a listen.

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