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  • Summary: The third album for the Australian singer known for her work with Zero 7.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 20
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  1. She mixes it up with the sweet 'Academia' (featuring harmonies from Beck) and a soaring cover of the Kinks' 'I Go to Sleep.' But think of those as bonus tracks, adding flavor to an already stunning CD.
  2. The newly varied arrangements, moods, and textures of this album, from the mournful piano-led cover of the Kinks' 'I Go to Sleep' through the horn-based R&B swing of 'Electric Bird' to the sarcastic bounce of 'The Girl You Lost to Cocaine,' make Some People Have Real Problems Sia's most engrossing and satisfying album yet.
  3. Her control has never been better and Jimmy Hogarth’s production provides the perfect foundation for her deeply delicate expressions.
  4. 60
    The album's finest moment comes on an aching version of Ray Davies' 'I Go to Sleep' that improves on the original (and the Pretenders' cover) by rendering it as a slow-motion, piano-splashed lament.
  5. A bit more edge would have been good to distinguish this from the wide range of comfy female songwriters out there right now.
  6. It’s good-girl soul for the Starbucks set.
  7. At times a potentially great song seems to be trying to make itself felt, but none ever quite manages to bust through the beige arrangements.

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  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. SteveC
    Apr 24, 2009
    Sia finds herself, both in voice and style, on this record. The cover art belies the carefree soulfulness that she brings to every note, while never losing masterful control of her instrument. And even if you're not a sucker for three-quarter time ballads like I am, "Soon We'll Be Found" is simply a magical piece of music. Expand
  2. Sep 22, 2010
    Outstanding album! "The Girl You Lost To Cocaine" was the first song I had ever heard from Sia so I looked up more of her songs and eventually bought the album! The album has songs that are painfully honest, fun, catchy and everything in between...Such a good album..Check it out Expand
  3. Nov 19, 2013
    Sia has always been an amazing artist. She writes her own songs that are always accompanied by beautiful harmonies. What makes her even a better artist is the distinction she makes us hear from her efforts that make it impossible to call her either generic or typical. "The Girl You Lost to Cocaine", "Day Too Soon", "Soon We'll Be Found", and the cover of Kinks' "I Go to Sleep" stand out the most. This album is stunning! Expand
  4. Oct 13, 2014
    This album is pretty hard to listen to. Sia's whiny voice doesn't impress me, and the lyrics are just flat. On some songs, Sia tells about her sad life and how every man hurts her, and then on others IN THE SAME ALBUM, she is desperately trying to find a man to be with! I just don't like this. However the bonus track, Buttons, is great! Write more songs like that! Expand