Sia Soars Like A “Cloud” On ‘We Are Born’

We’re not surprised that our favorite tracks on Bionic—and the only ones that don’t reek of desperation—were all co-written by Sia. We almost wish she would have just kept these tunes for her own album, but it’s a good thing the woman has enough talent to be spread around. Her fourth studio album We Are Born, out June 22, is chock full of inspirational, emotional, and fun tracks, and you can hear two of them below—the yearning tune “Cloud” and the studio recording of her covering Madonna’s “Oh, Father.”

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Anyone else hear the melancholy guitar hook of Adam Lambert’s “Whataya Want From Me” in here? “I am a dark cloud, swimming with rain,” Sia sings on the chorus. She manages to paint such a visceral image with just a few words, and despite the song’s lyrics feeling a bit gloomy, the upbeat tune really keeps it upbeat and positive.

And we’ve posted live performances of Sia’s Madonna cover before, but here’s the studio recording, which sounds even better (and has a slight experimental synth-based beat to it, which we would have never thought could work in a song about child abuse):

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Although Sia is threatening to quit the music biz (us to Sia: please don’t!), we know we’ll get at least one new track written by her by the end of the year—as she mentioned to us in our exlcusive interview, the singer co-wrote a track with Aguilera for the Burlesque soundtrack. We can’t wait to hear it!

You can listen to five more We Are Born tracks here. And check out the track listing:

1. The Fight
2. Clap Your Hands
3. Stop Trying
4. You’ve Changed
5. Be Good To Me
6. Bring Night
7. Hurting Me Now
8. Never Gonna Leave Me
9. Cloud
10. I’m In Here
11. The Co-Dependent
12. Big Girl Little Girl
13. Oh Father

  • Colin

    Amazing songs. Damn I do love me some Sia!

  • Mel

    I am “new” to Sia. I think she is fabulous, can’t wait for this album. On a side note, the commentators on this site, have some real Christina Aguilera hate. I mean you diss her work with such zeal. True, ‘Bionic’ is not Christina’s best. And the Sia tracks are some of the finer points on the album. The reason they work so well is because Christina’s got the chops to sell them. Please don’t forget it.

    • Becky Bain

      Eh, we hate the things we hate, and we can’t force ourselves to like something if we just don’t. We have no particular beef with Xtina – if/when she does something we like, we will definitely point it out. (Her American Idol appearance, for one, was phenomenal and stole the whole show, as we mentioned in our liveblog: )

  • Robbie Daw

    I like “You Lost Me”!

  • J

    You don’t have to force yourself to like anything Christina has done, but I agree that so much of the pieces that are written about Christina on this site are full of snide remarks and projecting things onto her that aren’t really there. I’m not sure what she has done to deserve so much of the negativity that’s being thrown her way right now, but it is getting pretty stale at this point. A little more tact when reporting on her would be refreshing, although I’m sure this site does have to fill an entertainment quota in there somewhere so I’m not surprised.

    Anyway, back on topic. I love Sia’s new album. A lot more poppy compared to her past material, but it’s still really fun. Her song on the Twilight soundtrack is so amazing and is definitely a standout there for me as well. Hopefully she doesn’t give up singing completely because her voice is phenomenal.

  • Chissy Nkemere

    so pumped for this album release, i love sia! just preordered it: