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Sia – Reasonable Woman Album Review

Reasonable Woman

Pop sensation, Sia, has spent years penning hit songs for herself and a long list of other well-known performers. Her most recent work, “Reasonable Woman,” demonstrates her talent. The package of fifteen songs is full with brilliant pop tunes.

After the poorly received “MUSIC” in 2021, this album represents a significant comeback. Sia Furler collaborated with a few different producers and songwriters, such as Mark “Spike” Stent, bülow, Rosalía, Benny Blanco, and Greg Kurstin. And occasionally, the outcomes surprise us.

Album Cover Art

Sia - Reasonable Woman Album Review, Yours Truly, Reviews, June 13, 2024

Sia, in her signature fashion, has her face covered in fur hood, sparing her lips and chin. The furry outfit extends down to her feet as she sits next to a little girl who’s staring at her in awe and admiration. It’s almost as if Sia went to a kids’ party with her daughter or niece, parked in a corner of the room or backstage, waiting to be called up to perform.

Tracks and Features

“Little Wing,” opens the album with a message that offers encouragement in overcoming adversity, is the upbeat and soaring. Sia believes there is light at the end of the tunnel and thinks giving up shouldn’t be an option. Not a bad song for an opener.

On “Immortal Queen,” Chaka Khan makes an appearance and exchanges lines with Sia over a fast pace. Sia has a talent for hitting all the perfect notes, and she does so again in this song during the standout chorus.  On the album’s lead single, “Dance Alone,” featuring Kylie Minogue, the star power just keeps getting stronger. The lively burst of sunshine that is the carefree clubby song.

“I Had a Heart” is the first non-dance track; it’s a somber mid-tempo ballad with a Broadway-worthy atmosphere. As the song progresses, Sia’s vocals get more muted, crisp, and smokey until the end, when the pop beat is accompanied by symphonic strings. “Nowhere to Be,” a piano-driven ballad that becomes more upbeat midway through, strips away the fireworks.

Many of Sia’s defining characteristics are met by Reasonable Woman. An electronica-infused musical outro completes the song “Gimme Love,” a stirring mid-tempo power ballad that is boosted higher with a choir—or at least a choir-like effect of backup vocals. “Towards the Sun,” another album favorite with a twitching backbeat, is a product of the production and accompaniment.

On the upbeat alt-pop track “Incredible,” with distorted synths and a groovy mid-tempo backbeat, English rapper and singer Labrinth then delivers a verse. Rappers Kaliii and Jimmy Jolliff contribute original verses to the inspirational song “Champion,” in addition to Tierra Whack’s lovely rendition. The synth-driven brass in the song’s opening notes is reminiscent of Panic at the Disco’s “High Hopes.” Although the topic is predictable—motivational music being Sia’s specialty—the song nevertheless has a strong flow to it.

With the piano, cello, and synths in tow, Sia gives a performance that is remarkably unpolished in “I Forgive You.” Her voice has a subtle roughness and strength that add to the drama. The bass-heavy and rap-influenced “Wanna Be Known,” a breezier song that showcases her vocal prowess once more as the chorus rises and falls like waves, lightens the mood.

The powerful “One Night,” which begins with the ominous noodling of an Indian-sounding string instrument, stands out from the rest of Reasonable Woman. A verse by Paris Hilton appears in the song “Fame Won’t Love You.” Rumor has it that Sia is collaborating on her own record with the social justice activist and heiress.

Hilton has a remarkably powerful voice, and it’s only right for someone who has fallen victim to the lures of stardom to be the ideal person to talk about it. The dramatic “Rock and Balloon” and the anthemic power ballad “Go On” bring the LP to a close.

Album Theme

These songs stand out not merely because they are quiet, introspective, and nostalgic; rather, they convey the sense that they were carefully built rather than channeled hurriedly. It also showcases her songwriter’s ability to shift from a lover in love to an angry, angelic release from pain and brokenness.

Production Credits

benny blanco, Charlie Heat, Greg Kurstin, Jasper Harris, Jesse Shatkin, Jim-E Stack, Labrinth & Nathaniel Ledwidge produced the album.

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