Sia, "We Are Born"

Album Review

Known for her past collaborations with English electronica band Zero 7 and more recently with Christina Aguilera, Australian artist Sia Furler shines bright on her own on her newest release, "We Are Born." On the 14-song set, the singer/songwriter brings her jazz and soul influences while maintaining a steady pop undertone. Her impressive vocal chops are heard over cheery pop-rock guitars on the song "You've Changed," and glittery synths lend a touch of electro to "Cloud." On the single "Clap Your Hands" she offers a sensual vocal delivery over a groovy dance beat. But Sia also knows when to take it down a notch-the fuzzy drum machine sounds and dreary background arrangements of the cut "I'm in Here" recall her downtempo atmospheric work with Zero 7. Sia's take on Madonna's "Oh Father" transforms it from a soaring ballad to a low-key, tribal rhythm-filled introspection.