Sia’s New ‘Bird Set Free’ Sounds a Bit Like ‘Dressed in Black’
There's no doubt that Sia's new This Is Acting track, "Bird Set Free," soars — but is it taking a familiar flight pattern?
The song, released yesterday (November 4), incites a stirring, powerful mood from moment one and builds over a quick, upward piano progression. But once the drums kick in, and Sia's voice takes its first leap, "Dressed In Black" comes to mind.
"I'm not gon' care if I sing off key / I find myself in my melodies / I sing for love, I sing for me / I shout it out like a bird set free," she cries in "Bird Set Free" above, over production that sounds remarkably similar to the final track from 2014's 1,000 Forms of Fear.
"Dressed In Black," which clocks in at six minutes and 41 seconds, begins in similarly restrained fashion, but expands into a hurricane by the chorus' first pass. Then, in the track's last stretch—as is the case with "Bird Set Free"—all hell breaks loose. "I thought life passed me by / Missed my tears, ignored my cries / Life had broken my heart, my spirit," she bellows before some Olympic-worthy vocal dynamics.
Sia's This Is Acting, which includes songs she originally wrote with other artists in mind, is set for a January 29, 2016 release date. You can pre-order now on iTunes.
Take a listen to the tracks, and tell us what you think of Sia's latest effort.
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