If you haven’t heard of Sia by now, where have you been!?
The Australian Singer-Songwriter is known for her distinctive voice and her personal choice to maintain a degree of anonymity by wearing bold wigs during public appearances. Her lists of achievements is never-ending, including platinum selling albums, collabs with fellow chart topping artists including Rihanna and David Guetta and a performance that has been dubbed “one of the greatest moments in Coachella’s 17-year history”.
So when Sia’s eighth studio album was announced, the singer’s first Christmas album, there was undoubtedly a lot of excitement surround its release. The first album to be released after her move to Atlantic Records, ‘Everyday Is Christmas’ features ten original tracks. In a recent interview, Sia said that she felt there was a bit of a shortage of good, new Christmas music and she couldn’t stop writing new songs and ended up with a complete Christmas album. She has notoriously penned songs in just minutes- Rihanna’s ‘Diamonds’ took 15- whipped up the ten Christmas tracks, alongside Greg Kurstin, in two weeks.
‘Everyday Is Christmas’ is a delightful mix of fun and fluffy bops that will have you dancing around the Christmas tree and emotive ballads similar to the likes of the 2014 hit ‘Chandelier’.
Released on 17th November, the album’s lead single ‘Santa’s Coming For Us’ comes with a star-studded music video that has plenty of festive spirit, with Kristen Bell, Lucas from Stranger Things and a couple of kids from IT dancing around a Christmas tree while wearing festive jumpers. Other fun tracks include ‘Candy Cane Lane’, a lighthearted and colourful bop and ‘Puppies Are Forever’, with its cute lyrics- “How I love his little pink bow; I think he’s waiting to come home with me” and what I believe, is an important message for this time of year.
‘Underneath The Christmas Lights’ and ‘Snowflake’ are a couple of nice ballads- I feel if Sia were to hear these two live, they’d definitely be the ones you’d stand and sway along to. The same goes for the albums title track ‘Everyday Is Christmas’.
‘Snowman’ is a fun little ballad, a letter to a melting lover- “A puddle of water can’t hold me close, baby”.
With lyrics like “I’ve got a crush, la la la la la la” and “So here we go underneath the mistletoe I adore ya”, ‘Underneath The Mistletoe” is one for that pre-Christmas romantic night in.
My favourite of the ten has to be ‘Ho Ho Ho’, which to me is a classic Sia hit. It’s a bit dark with boozy lyrics, but it’s upbeat, incredibly catchy a has a few loopy sound effects here and there.
Overall, I really love Sia’s first go at a Christmas album. There are some tracks that are more rememberable, the ones I’ve had on repeat for the last week or so and that I can’t get out of my head. That doesn’t mean I’ll be skipping any though- there’s a song for every mood and every feeling on the album. ‘Everyday Is Christmas’ is a unique album that is just the right level of festive without being too cheesy or too dark and that’s what I love about it most. The wide range of emotions throughout ‘Everyday Is Christmas’ makes it real, because who really feels cheery cheery throughout the whole of December just because it’s Christmas? The album is true to Sia’s style and is one that I’m going to keep reaching for throughout this Christmas and for years to come.
‘Everyday Is Christmas’ is OUT NOW!