Colour the Small One

(Astralwerks; January 2006) Strange coincidence that Adelaide-born singer/songwriter Sia debuted her second full-length album, Colour The Small One, in the U.S. during Australia Week. We’d have taken notice anyway – as we have since she first hit our ears a few years back with her distinctive vocal contributions to Zero 7’s down-tempo Simple Things. The first single, the melancholic “Breathe Me,” appeared on Six Feet Under and became an instant sensation. The rest of the album delivers soulful acoustic trip-hop with a low-key vibe, lush instrumentals, and languorous, growling vocals reminiscent of Tori Amos or Lisa Germano. Though at times repetitive, overall this slow-burning collection is an excellent chill-out affair.

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