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1000 Forms of Fear
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that 1000 Forms of Fear is a dark pop album by Australian artist Sia that explores her past struggles with alcohol, prescription pills, and destructive love. There isn't any profanity in her songs, but she does use violent and graphic imagery to describe some of her toxic relationships with lyrics such as, "Detonate me / Shoot me like a cannonball / Granulate me / Kill me like an animal / Decapitate me / Hit me like a basketball," and "You went straight for the knife / And I prepared to die." There are a few sexual references in her songs such as, "I'm the one 'for a good time call' / Phone's blowin' up, they're ringing my door bell" and "wore pretty underwear hoping you might take it off." Sia's been open about her past addictions; album opener "Chandelier" describes using sex and alcohol to avoid loneliness and sadness, and "Cellophane" directly addresses her pill addiction.
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What's the story?
1000 FORMS OF FEAR is Sia's sixth full-length studio album, released four years after she decided to stop creating music for herself, partly because she's uncomfortable with fame, and instead focus on writing songs for other artists. Some of her hits include Rihanna's "Diamonds," David Guetta's "Titanium," and Flo Rida's "Wild Ones." Although she's chosen unconventional methods to promote her album -- performing with her back to audiences on national television and letting dancers interpret her songs -- this reluctant pop star has offered her listeners a candid look into her past struggles and fears.
Is it any good?
Sia may be uncomfortable with fame, but her album is full of hits. "Chandelier" and the upbeat, guitar-driven "Hostage" mask the dark lyrics of addiction, while the emotional ballads "Big Girls Cry," "Eye of the Needle," and "Straight for the Knife" detail the pain and anguish of heartbreak or a lover who knows exactly how to hurt her. Some of the strongest moments occur on the Diplo-produced power anthem "Elastic Heart" and the explosive "Fire Meet Gasoline." However, the dramatic "Cellophane" best displays Sia's incredible vocal range as she acknowledges that she's "fallen through the cracks, without your love tonight." The powerful "Dressed in Black" finds her ultimately triumphing over her 1000 Forms of Fear.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the relationships that Sia sings about especially on "Straight for the Knife" and "Free the Animal." Why do you think she's chosen to include so much violent imagery in these songs?
How do the songs on Sia's album compare to the hits that she's written for other artists?
What do you think of the way Sia has chosen to promote her album? Why do you think she's afraid of fame?