From its insanely catchy first single, "Clap Your Hands", to the dance-command that is "Bright Night", this is an album for happy times.Better still, this is an album that creates happy times as Sia cuts her teeth on a jangly record unlike anything she would have created during her days with Zero 7.“It’s horrible,” she told of her early struggles with fame. Once, as my friend was telling me they had cancer, someone came up and asked, in the middle of the conversation, if they could take a photograph with me. Among the greatest advantages to being as sensitive as Sia is being able to channel your thoughts into the voices of other artists.In an interview with Ryan Seacrest, Sia revealed, “Most of the songs, if not all of them, I wrote for other people and they were rejected," adding that the song "will tell [her]" who it should go to.This is a fine album for easy summer listening, but the formulaic aspect of the songs keep it from being a classic.But that doesn't mean this record isn't still a lot of fun.Perhaps the song is more metaphorical than literal.Sia has famously been uncomfortable with the spotlight, donning a rotation of wigs, masks, and using other distractions to prevent her audience from seeing her face while she performs. "It's possible the song is about her struggle of giving herself over to the public in order to do what she loves to do, and her love/hate relationship with her career.
Given the singer's private ways, it is unlikely that she'll be revealing who or what the song's about anytime soon, but that's not going to stop me from speculating.It's called 'Step By Step.'"Maybe she wrote "One Million Bullets" about their relationship, too!The "Chandelier" singer has gone on record saying that her relationship with Samson shifted the focus of her songwriting from ballads to pop.In a 2010 interview with SPIN, she admitted, "I’m sick of going, ‘Yeah! I started dating JD Samson from Le Tigre and suddenly I was listening to more up-tempo music and old dance music, like ESG and Gang of Four, and I thought, ‘Wow.This is fun.’ It was time for me to make a really shallow pop album.”Now, given the love ballad nature of "One Million Bullets," it seems unlikely that it's about this relationship. Maybe she picked the style to pay homage to the fact that he helped her open up a bit more and accept new genres.So, I was excited to try to figure out what exactly "One Million Bullets" is about.From the first listen, I felt that the song was written about being in a relationship in which you have more invested than the other person.On Sia's We Are Born, the Australian chanteuse switches gears from her more somber early work and creates an infectiously happy dance-pop album.There are many factors contributing to the album's lighthearted jouissance -- Furler is in a serious relationship with JD Samson (of Le Tigre); she was inspired by her icons Cyndi Lauper and Madonna; the songs were co-written by Dan Carey; Nick Valensi (The Strokes) plays electric guitar; and the album was produced by Greg Kurstin, who's produced similarly energetic albums for the likes of Lily Allen.Here are a few theories I have: Since she's always remained fiercely protective of her personal life, Sia managed to pull off a feat few other pop stars of her caliber ever could: In August of last year, she married director Erik Anders and managed to not talk about it for eight months.Even then, it was only to say "thanks" when DJs from Australian radio station Nova 96.9 congratulated her during an interview.