Some People Have Real Problems

Common Sense Media says

Safe, sophisticated lyrics from indie darling.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Overall themes of self-empowerment, positive love, being good to yourself.

Violence

One line in track "Playground," but only in juvenile/playful means; "I'll be sure to write you from the war/put your guns away it's tea time."

Sex

One playful reference to sex: "See I'll never get laid while I'm running your life."

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Not applicable
Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Song titled "Girl You Lost to Cocaine," but it's about getting away from someone who is bad for you, not about drugs. Few references to drinking: "I took you home when you drank too much" and "You shot me up, yeah/you filled my cup/I've drunk my last beer with you."

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.

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Kids say

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?

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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.

Families can talk about...

  • 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?

Music details

Artist:Sia
Release date:January 8, 2008
Label:Hear Music
Genre:Indie Rock
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 14 years old Written byHeather_loves_u April 9, 2008
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Teen, 13 years old Written bycoolcreativekid May 13, 2015
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just plain perfect

Like I said about Sia's 1000 forms of fear this is an album of truth. Its a work of art that shows the strong character Sia is.
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Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 16 years old Written bybrandi253 October 25, 2010
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the song 'breathe me' is kinda a bad song for young kids. but in my opinion, i like 'breathe me'
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