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Some People Have REAL Problems | Hear Music
By KEN MICALLEF  |  January 28, 2008
3.0 3.0 Stars
Australian vocalist Sia Furler has one of the greatest potty mouths in alt-rock. She told one interviewer she enjoyed anal sex and invited another to listen to her “wee.” (Her dog’s name? “Lick Lick Science.”) Such matters aside, Sia has gone from being just another pretty Zero 7 voice to a gutsy singer who’s getting Amy Winehouse comparisons. Like Winehouse’s Back to Black, Some People Have REAL Problems relies on jazzy, R&B vocals with roots in Mavis Staples. But where Winehouse pursues self-annihilation, Sia greets life with a joyful embrace. Written with bassist Sam Dixon and producer Jimmy Howarth (James Blunt, KT Tunstall), her fourth album brims with sunny hooks on its best tracks, and the alluring opener, “Little Black Sandals,” affords her a rich, layered backdrop. Sia acts the sex-sated starlet in the funk lullaby “Day Too Soon,” and then, with the spirit of a gutsy soul belter, she kicks her lover to the curb in “The Girl You Lost to Cocaine.”
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