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Album Review: Sia – Everyday is Christmas
Sia's first Christmas album has it's fun moments yet lacks the impact of her most popular work, Lucy Painter reviews
“This album breaks away from Sia’s previous style of empowering dance-pop songs
The first song, ‘Santa’s Coming For Us’, is the kind of track you hear in shops from the beginning of November: it sticks in your head though you won’t want to hear it for more than a few times. Adding sleigh bells, brass and a funky rhythm section is something Sia employs throughout the album and it certainly works here to remind the listener of just how festive the music is.
Another example of this is ‘Candy Cane Lane’, the second track on the album. My first impression listening to this song was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at Christmas: listing the colours of the rainbow and inviting the listener to ‘Candy Cane Lane’ make this music seem immature when compared to Sia’s earlier work, for example the single ‘Elastic Heart’. This is effective for engaging young children but feels lost and irrelevant to those who have heard and loved the artist’s other music.
“The majority of the pop tracks tend to be immature in tone and content, whereas the ballads are more sensitive and mature
Two of the best songs on the album come at the end. ‘Everyday is Christmas’, as the title song of the album, is a break away from the earlier cliché pop tracks. Despite being filled with classic Christmas references, this song is more sentimental and personal. The chorus lyrics of ‘Everyday is Christmas when you’re here with me/I’m safe in your arms/You’re my angel, baby’ are standard of a love song, though here they are refreshing compared to saying how ‘cute’ and ‘fluffy’ puppy dogs are (on ‘Puppies Are Forever’).
A great end to a mixed album, ‘Underneath the Christmas Lights’, has a similar intimacy. Another ballad, this final track ends the album on a more nuanced and mature tone than where it began. The minimal instrumentation of primarily piano and vocals contrasts to the fuller opening songs. A haunting melody and bittersweet romance are aspect which I feel could have been more of a focus for the album as a whole.
This album generally breaks away from Sia’s previous style of empowering dance-pop songs and, although admittedly very catchy, the majority of tracks do not have the same impact as her earlier work. It is a shame that this album does not have the same musical or empowering impact of singles such as ‘Move Your Body’, ‘The Greatest’ and ‘Cheap Thrills’ and I can only hope Sia returns to what works for the future.
'Everyday is Christmas' is available to stream now.