Sia holds an alarming amount of command for one little lady. Despite performing a set dominated by her new album, which sees the Aussie songstress take quite a new direction, she still excited her audience, getting what could have been a subdued crowd up and dancing, despite being initially hesitant of her song choices.
Before she was due to come on, being but a lonely music reviewer, I listened to a conversation between a couple beside me, where the female half despondently bemoaned that there was no visible piano onstage. But while things might have changed, the new music is far more exciting, and while we caught a glimpse of old favourites like ‘Little Black Sandals’ and the gorgeous ‘Breathe Me’, Sia looked and sounded far more comfortable showcasing the new material.
Amongst new songs performed were the crowd-pleasing, radio-friendly ‘Clap Your Hands’; the song that was written for a “Will Smith movie” but rejected, ‘Never Gonna Leave Me’; and ‘We Are Born’ opener ‘The Fight’.
Donning a dress I can only describe as traffic tape crocheted and ruched to look like crepe paper, Sia bounced amongst neon lights and around a stage that was decorated with multi-coloured knitted quilts. A sight to behold, for sure, and an indicator that Ms Furler is very satisfied with the happiest work she’s ever produced.
Overall, a fantastic night – never have I been moved so much by such a soaring, confident voice. TW
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