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

Becky Bain | June 10, 2010 - 12:30 pm

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