Monday, 17 March 2014

Song Review - Chandelier

by Sia
Album: TBA (???, 2014)

"Help me, I'm holding on for dear life, won't look down won't open my eyes, keep my glass full until morning light, 'cause I'm just holding on for tonight... on for tonight." 

Sia's spent the last couple of years helping out popstars the world over as a songwriter, but it's finally time for her to step up and claim the solo glory that has unjustly eluded her for so long. Yes, Sia Furler has plenty of dedicated fans all over the world. But right now her public profile is insanely huge after her time spent with Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, David Guetta and pretty much anyone and everyone. Thankfully, she's saving the best material for herself. Last year's 'Elastic Heart' was, by pop music standards, epic. 'Chandelier', the lead single from her as-yet untitled sixth studio album is, by pop music standards, epic to the power of infinite plus one. Times two. Plus another million. 

'Chandelier' starts off slow, all R'n'B influenced with Sia getting her jam on. You're thinking, this is going to be pretty standard 'party girl' dance-pop and then that pre-chorus kicks in, Sia's vocals go soaring in what seems like a million directions and your mind explodes with just how good 'Chanderlie-eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeer' is. You're also cursing that you'll never be able to do this at karaoke. You're also doing an evil mastermind thing with your hands thinking about getting to watch someone else do this at karaoke. Gosh that's going to be sweet. Muwahahaha etc etc. 

You always hear people decrying how stale pop music is, how it all sounds the same and how you never hear anything good on the radio. Well get THIS played on the radio. Sia has unsurprisingly delivered the very finest in pop music. It's not 'Breathe Me', but guess what... it's not 2004. This is the sound of 2014, this is Sia and this is pop music. And I love pop music. 

Matt Bond gives 'Chandelier' five Amanda Palmer heads out of five... 

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