Some Peo­ple Have Real Prob­lems

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music Reviews - JIM CAR­ROLL

Mon­key Puzzle By rights, Sia Furler should be huge – as in Dido huge or Feist huge. In­stead, the Aus­tralian, prob­a­bly best known for her work with Zero 7, has reached album No 4 with­out a gong, gold disc or global hit to her name. As Some Peo­ple Have Real Prob­lems again shows, Furler cer­tainly has the abil­ity when it comes to singing and writ­ing to war­rant all of the above and more be­sides. The prob­lem could be the lack of a unique sell­ing point, as her taste­ful and sub­tle rub of jazzy soul and trippy pop will sound all too familiar to your ears, es­pe­cially given the rash of other lasses in cir­cu­la­tion with sim­i­lar de­signs for pop life. Furler has a fond­ness for slow-burn­ing, smoul­der­ing bal­lads with sharp, spir­ited lyrics, yet she’s still not quite able to glue a track such as Lit­tle Black San­dals or Elec­tric Bird to your brain. www.sia­mu­ Down­load tracks: Lit­tle Black San­dals, Elec­tric Bird

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