What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this album from the lead singer of indie favorite Zero 7 is squeaky clean. There is a song titled "The Girl You Lost to Cocaine," but it never refers to the drug and is more about escaping someone who is a negative influence. The rest of the CD covers positive themes such as being good to yourself and self-empowerment.
What's the story?
In her third solo album, SOME PEOPLE HAVE REAL PROBLEMS, Aussie singer Sia has truly given a gift, to old fans and new, of beautiful arrangements and sophisticated vocals. Her songs have been featured in the finale episode of Six Feet Under and in The O.C.. But, after listening to this album, every song could be a powerful anthem on the big screen, too. The bluesy-pop ballad "Little Black Shoes" is a great radio song, about getting away from a negative relationship ("These little black sandals are walking me away"). "Lentil" is striking with strings accompaniment, and "Academia" is clever with a mouthful of fun lyrics to chew on.
Is it any good?
Sia is a gentler Fiona Apple and a more soulful Tori Amos, with impressive poetic lyrics and music that is constantly surprising. Some people may have real problems, but anyone with this album won't have a problem listening to it again and again.
Explore, discuss, enjoy
Families can talk about the growing dilemma of pop stars and celebrities losing their battles with addiction and increasingly self-destructive behavior. Why is it that so many artists fall into the trap of addiction? Is the entertainment industry to blame? Are certain entertainers more prone to addiction or negative behavior? Why? What could be done to stop this harmful trend?