Australian pop phenomenon Sia Furler has ridden the fame cusp in an awkward position – one buttock on, one buttock off – for the best part of a decade. Eventually, Furler began writing songs for other people. Thu 3 Jul 2014 22.15 BST But she’s really a smart woman who just found the perfect medium for her truth. 1000 Forms of Fear; Sia 8; Release date: 07 July 2014 ; Country: United States Get it on: iTunes Amazon; After four years of writing towering hits for some of the biggest stars in modern music, Sia is cautiously poised to claim some of the pop spotlight back for herself, but only on her own idiosyncratic terms. 1000 Forms of Fear is Furler's sixth solo album and, if you're coming to her fresh, it is probably her best, the result of years of refining her art (yes, writing pop smashes is an art) and of feeling wretched and unloved despite all her success. In the age of celebrity, creativity is often just a means to an end. What's distinctive here, though, is the marshalling of a huge arsenal of chart-pop dynamism behind the distinctly grown-up songs of a woman who doesn't want to be famous. Despite her personal hardship, Sia is able to produce exceptional power balladry and intelligent lyricism. The problem with writing songs for a living is that if you are wildly successful you then have to be famous. Sia, 1000 Forms of Fear, review: 'clever' Pop songwriting powerhouse Sia keeps her darker and more complex songs for herself but retains the endorphin-releasing electropop climaxes 4. By Erik Thompson / 11 July 2014, 13:30 BST. 1000 Forms of Fear review – Sia Furler, ace songwriter, reluctant star (Sony) ‘Like Carole King on elephant steroids‘… yet Sia Furler's record deal stipulates minimal promotion. A clever range of textures (from raw cello through stuttering piano to popcorn-light synths) keep things interesting and there’s a bravery in the way she spins inspirational lyrics from her long battles with addiction and bipolar disorder. All rights reserved. All of contemporary pop is here. Hostage is winningly odd and ramshackle – almost ska-pop, like Gwen Stefani in No Doubt. Ridiculously so – there is a small cabal of a few dozen people (Swedish men, mainly) who write the majority of international pop hits and she is in that cabal, like Carole King on elephant steroids. The goal is recognition, recompense and then, it's hoped, mansions, Pennines of cocaine and adulation, especially the kind with benefits. Maybe it was the material, maybe it was that Furler was an introvert who couldn't cope with the look-at-me grind. Music Reviews: 1000 Forms of Fear by Sia released in 2014 via Monkey Puzzle, RCA. On Straight for the Knife (rat-a-tat beat, wandering vocal melody), Furler's R&B mutter tips over into a jazz slur redolent of Amy Winehouse. In her new role, she developed a sure-fire formula for writing songs based on taking an evocative word (“umbrella,” say, or “firework”) and spinning it into a three-minute metaphor, with some added musical whoosh, designed to take the singer on a journey from “victim to victor”. This went well. If Furler has a downside as a singer, it's that she is too good a vocal chameleon, a composite of her clients, even if Rihanna sometimes copies Furler's guide vocals exactly. After producing so many hits over the years, perhaps one's fear would be Sia's transformation into an mainstream artist. You write, compose or direct. But she also used to go out with JD Samson, of feminist electronic agitators Le Tigre. Topics Sia Furler Although the songs she’s chosen for her sixth solo album are darker and more complex than many of those she sells to others, the formula is still recognisable.The tracks have titles like Chandelier and Cellophane and build towards big, endorphin-releasing electropop climaxes. In an interview with the New York Times in 2014, 38-year-old Australian Sia Furler discussed how a fear of fame led her to switch career from performing to songwriting. Her talent and torment is enrapturing, but while Sia deserves stardom, 1,000 Forms of Fear is so sonically flawless and contemporary-sounding that its impact may fade with time. Sia - 1000 Forms of Fear. Sia Furler has had an unconventional trajectory; the 38-year-old star, who has put behind her drug addiction and a suicide attempt, and hates fame so much she poses with a paper bag over her head, has become the go-to songwriter for gargantuan gloss pop, penning hits for Rihanna, Britney and David Guetta. Furler recently featured on the cover of music industry bible Billboard with a bag over her head; her Anti-Fame Manifesto ran in the same issue.

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