TITLE: 1000 Forms of Fear
YEAR RELEASED: 2014
CHART ACTION: #1 US, #5 UK
SINGLES: Chandelier (#8 US, #6 UK), Big Girls Cry (#103 US, #77 UK), Elastic Heart (#17 US, #10 UK), Fire Meets Gasoline (#193 UK)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Burn the Pages, Cellophane.
LINEUP: Sia and Greg Kurstin. Jessie Shatkin and Nick Valensi helped on a track each.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: After taking a break (or retiring) from performing because of mental health issues, a surprise hit led her back to the studio after a while and she released her most focused album yet.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: After writing “Titanium” with hopes of it landing with Alicia Keys, and finding it released by David Guetta with her demo vocals on it, Sia became more famous than she had been, especially in the US. So having stepped back from recording to write songs, she found herself in the studio again with Greg Kurstin and delivered this set of passionate, bombastic pop songs.
While over the top at times, the production fits Sia’s intent on the tracks, especially on the smash “Chandelier”. Yet the album touches on a lot of subjects and touches on them well. Sia’s songs are personal, and at times heart-rendering, as she was fighting demons upon demons in her life, which led to her original retirement.
The deep cuts, like “Hostage” and “Straight to the Knife”, are where the meat of the album lives. She poured everything into all of the songs, telling a story and not just gunning for hits or radio play. But with her natural ability for hooks and melody, she got them. This is a much better record than her earlier efforts, and improves with multiple listens.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: It was at this time where Sia decided to cover her face, and let her art speak for herself.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, acoustic piano cuts and other mixes.
GRADE A-: This is a modern pop album that grows on you.