Sia, “Music — Songs from and Impressed by the Movement Image” (Monkey Puzzle/Atlantic)
No matter your ideas on the brand new film “Music,” there could be no argument in regards to the music in it: It’s extremely, excellent.
Sia is behind the movie — co-writing and directing — in addition to writing and performing the accompanying 14-track album. If the movie has attracted some criticism, the richly textured and emotional soundtrack can’t.
Sia’s trademark mixture of tropical pop, hip-hop, a touch of ska with a contact of reggae combed together with her distinctive voice, have a cinematic high quality already, so virtually each track on “Music” feels prefer it might play over the tip credit of any film within the final decade (OK, perhaps not “Cats.”)
A number of the songs are wistful and moody (“Saved My Life,” “Floating By Area”), some soar (“Collectively” and “Braveness to Change”) and a few are pure, candy-colored blissful pop (“1+1,” “Hey Boy,” “Eye to Eye” and “Play Dumb”). The title observe, “Oblivion” and “Stunning Issues Can Occur” present among the most restrained and mature Sia songwriting has ever completed.
Open up the hood of this album and it is fairly clear how robust Sia’s gravitational pull is. David Guetta blended and produced a track, Dua Lipa co-wrote a observe, as did Pink. Labrinth — certainly one of her collaborators within the supergroup LSD — provides producing assist, performs synth and is featured on one track.