Sia gets orig­i­nal for Christ­mas

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EV­ERY­DAY IS CHRIST­MAS SIA (MON­KEY PUZ­ZLE)

IF you en­joyed Sia’s re­cent Aus­tralian tour (well, her Sydney and Mel­bourne shows) you’ll feel right at home on her first be­spoke Christ­mas al­bum.

Her voice sounds amaz­ing, the mu­sic was made in a stu­dio, there’s to­tal si­lence be­tween all the songs and Mad­die Ziegler is the face of the whole thing — just like in Sia’s live shows.

Ev­ery­day Is Christ­mas is ac­tu­ally clas­sic Sia — you could ar­gue it’s so Sia it’s al­most set on au­topi­lot, how­ever it’s only that the songs are brand new Christ­mas orig­i­nals.

With song­writer and pro­ducer Greg Kurstin on board, they play to each other’s strengths.

Some of these haunt­ing bal­lads and jazz-tinged mo­ments could have come from any Sia Mk1 al­bum — the pre Chan­de­lier, pre-wig years. Like stark pi­ano bal­lad Un­der­neath the Christ­mas Lights, where Sia sounds bro­ken and it’s pos­si­bly the first fes­tive song to fea­ture the lyric “happiness is ours un­til we die”.

Or Snow­man, where those vin­tage Sia jazzy in­flec­tions re­turn to warm things up, while take the lyrics about be­ing Santa’s helper out and Sun­shine could be a killer Sia sin­gle.

See also Un­der­neath the Mistle­toe — Sia’s com­fort zone of emo­tional bal­ladry, now with added jin­gle bells.

There’s the quirky retro pop Sia and Kurstin spe­cialise in — Santa’s Com­ing For Us, the sickly-sweet Mo­town-gone­mistle­toe romp Candy Cane Lane or the pan­tomime fun of Ho Ho Ho.

The most Sia mo­ment? The de­voted an­i­mal lover putting the cru­cial “dogs aren’t just for Christ­mas” mes­sage in the cho­rus of Pup­pies Are For­ever. She not only sings about get­ting dogs from a pound but im­parts “will you love ’em when they’re old and slow?”

VER­DICT Christ­mas mu­sic, mi­nus the cheese

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