Sia gets original for Christmas
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