Colour the Small One

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Colour the Small One
Studio album by Sia
Released 19 January 2004 (2004-01-19)
Recorded 2003
Heliocentric Studios, Rye, England
Genre Indie pop
Length 48:18
Label Universal International, Go! Beat, Astralwerks
Producer Jimmy Hogarth
Sia chronology
Healing Is Difficult
(2001)
Colour the Small One
(2004)
Lady Croissant - Live LP
(2007)
Singles from We Are Born
  1. "Don't Bring Me Down"
    Released: 9 February 2004[1]
  2. "Breathe Me"
    Released: 19 April 2004[2]
  3. "Where I Belong"
    Released: 9 August 2004[3]
  4. "Numb"
    Released: 18 April 2005[4]

Colour the Small One is the third album by Australian singer-songwriter Sia, which was released in Australia and the United Kingdom on 19 January 2004. It was issued in the United States on 3 February 2004. Production was by Jimmy Hogarth, who also co-wrote three tracks and provided various instruments. It was re-released 10 January 2006 in the US, after the track "Breathe Me" became popular on alternative radio, following its feature as the closing song in the series finale of the HBO drama Six Feet Under (aired August 2005). The album peaked at No. 14 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers Albums Chart. In July 2011 "Breathe Me" was also featured in the ABC Family television film, cyberbu//y.

Background and recording[edit]

From 2000 Furler was based in the UK and her previous solo album, Healing Is Difficult, appeared in 2001, however she was unhappy with the promotion of the album. Furler fired her manager, left Sony Music and signed with Go! Beat Records, a subsidiary of Universal Music Group.[5][6][7] The album was recorded in 2003 at Heliocentric Studios in Rye with Jimmy Hogarth producing.[8][9]

All tracks are co-written by Furler, five of the original eleven tracks are co-written with bass guitarist, Samuel Dixon.[10][11] Hogarth also co-wrote three tracks with Furler and provided various instruments.[10] The track "The Bully" is co-written by Furler with United States musician, Beck.[5] Two other songs from the Colour the Small One sessions were co-written with Beck but were not used. "Natale's Song" has backing vocals from UK singer Sophie Barker who had previously worked with Furler on the Zero 7 single, "Destiny" (August 2001).[6][12] Another UK singer, Yvonne John Lewis, features on "The Church of What's Happening Now" as backing vocalist.[12]

Release and promotion[edit]

The initial Australian version of Colour the Small One had eleven tracks,[8] with "Butterfly" added for later versions. The track "Don't Bring Me Down" was issued as the lead single in Australia in late 2003.[13] It was repackaged as a four-track extended play, Don't Bring Me Down, for UK release. When it was released in 2004, "Breathe Me", was the first single across most markets outside Australasia, whereas "Don't Bring Me Down" was second. "Breathe Me" reached No. 71 on the UK Singles Chart in May 2004, whilst the third single, "Where I Belong", reached the top 100 however the fourth single, "Numb", did not appear in the chart.[14] Colour the Small One reached the top 200 on the UK Albums Chart.[14] In promotion of the album, Go! Beat Records provided a "making-of" video. Music videos were shot for two tracks, "Breathe Me" and "Sunday", while an animation was made for "Numb". A music video was later shot for "Don't Bring Me Down" but featured the live version which appeared, in April 2007, on the live album, Lady Croissant.

After "Breathe Me" was used in the TV series finale of Six Feet Under (aired August 2005),[15] the album was re-released on 10 January 2006 in the US, in an expanded version with 16 tracks.[16] The album peaked at No. 14 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers Albums Chart.[17] "Breathe Me" gained popularity on alternative rock and alternative adult radio stations. In 2007, "Breathe Me" was used in television commercials for Cooper University Hospital of South New Jersey, USA. In April 2008, "Breathe Me" was featured on the German soap opera, Verbotene Liebe when gay supercouple Christian Mann and Oliver Sabel embraced as lovers for the first time on German television. Also, in October 2008, whilst at the Tokyo Game Show Ubisoft revealed a trailer for their upcoming video-game Prince of Persia which used the track "Breathe Me". Many of the commercials on NBC for the 2008 Summer Olympics featured clips of "Breathe Me" and the song was also used for Coca-Cola commercials during the 2010 Winter Olympics. The film Cyberbully also used "Breathe Me" during the scene in which Taylor enters a suicidal depression. "Numb" was featured on an episode of Nip/Tuck (Season 3, Episode #33 "Rhea Reynolds"), played at the close of the episode. It is also regularly used in the UK TV series Holby City and has been played in the UK soap opera, Hollyoaks several times. It has also been used in an episode of The Hills.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 77/100[18]
Review scores
Source Rating
Pitchfork Media 7.3/10[5]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[19]
The Observer 3/5 stars[20]
PopMatters 9/10[21]
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars[22]
Slant Magazine 3.5/5 stars[23]

Colour the Small One received generally favourable reviews according to Metacritic website's rating of 77 out of 100 based on 15 professional critics.[18] Allmusic's Jon O'Brien noted that Furler's "hushed, intimate vocals are surrounded by acoustic folk-tinged electronica".[24] Pitchfork's Chris Ott found the album's "downtempo kaleidoscope of pain and progress is unable to hold on to all that it reaches for, but delivers moments of brilliance and daring".[5] Carmine Pascuzzi of Mediasearch described Furler providing a "spark to the acoustic/chilled tastings of today" with a "more experimental" album than Healing Is Difficult.[13]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Sia Furler, all music composed by Samuel Dixon and Furler,[10] unless otherwise noted.

Australian version
No. Title Length
1. "Rewrite"   4:45
2. "Sunday"   4:17
3. "Breathe Me" (Dan Carey, Furler) 4:34
4. "The Bully" (Beck (aka B Hansen), Furler, Jimmy Hogarth) 3:51
5. "Sweet Potato" (Kevin Cormack, Furler, Hogarth) 4:00
6. "Don't Bring Me Down" (Furler, Blair MacKichan) 4:25
7. "Natale's Song"   2:32
8. "Moon" (Dixon, Furler, Hogarth) 5:02
9. "The Church of What's Happening Now"   4:27
10. "Numb" (Furler, Felix Howard, James MacMillan) 4:40
11. "Where I Belong"   5:45
Total length:
48:18
  • - ^A (From '"Don't Bring Me Down" single, or Don't Bring Me Down EP)
  • - ^B (From "Breathe Me" single)

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from album notes for UK version (January 2004),[25] for tracks 1 to 12; and from album notes for US version (2005),[16] for tracks 13 to 16 (Note: credits for tracks 13 and 14 are mistakenly reported as the credits for the tracks 12 and 13 respectively).

Charts[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
position
Billboard Top Heatseekers (US)[17] 14

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.lastfm.es/music/Sia/Don't+Bring+Me+Down+E.P
  2. ^ http://www.contactmusic.com/pages/siax13x04x04
  3. ^ http://991.com/Buy/ProductInformation.aspx?StockNumber=295999
  4. ^ http://www.cduniverse.com/search/xx/music/pid/6793831/a/numb.htm
  5. ^ a b c d Ott, Chris (2 March 2004). "Sia – Colour the Small One". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Verrico, Lisa (30 December 2007). "A Woman on the Verge". The Sunday Times (News International (News Corporation)). Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  7. ^ Kolar, Drew (30 June 2007). "Sia's Pop Album". Music & Literature. AllMediaNY. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  8. ^ a b Furler, Sia (2004), Colour the Small One, Systematic Limited t/a Go! Beat!, retrieved 14 July 2013 
  9. ^ "Pop Work of the Year". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  10. ^ a b c "'Rewrite' at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 12 July 2013.  Note: User may have to click on 'Search again' and at 'Performer:' add Sia or Sia Furler to search for other titles.
  11. ^ au.news.yahoo.com, collaboration with Samuel Dixon.
  12. ^ a b Discogs.com, Sophie Barker and Yvonne John Lewis collaborations.
  13. ^ a b Pascuzzi, Carmine. "Sia – Colour the Small One". Mediasearch (Carmine Pascuzzi, Andrew Donald ). Archived from the original on 4 March 2008. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  14. ^ a b Zywietz, Tobias. "Chart Log UK: DJ S. – The System of Life". Zobbel.de (Tobias Zywietz). Retrieved 15 July 2013. 
  15. ^ Alan Ball (writer & director) (2005-08-21). "Everyone's Waiting". Six Feet Under. Season 5. Episode 12. HBO.
  16. ^ a b Colour the Small One (Media notes). Sia. United States: Astralwerks. 2004. ASW 48103. 
  17. ^ a b Top Heatseekers, Colour the Small One on charts.
  18. ^ a b "Colour the Small One". Metacritic. 10 January 2006. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  19. ^ Sullivan, Caroline (2 January 2004). "CD: Colour the Small One". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 August 2014. 
  20. ^ Murt, Daniel (1 February 2004). "Sia: Colour the Small One | OMM". The Observer. Retrieved 17 August 2014. 
  21. ^ Schiller, Mike (29 January 2006). "Sia: Colour the Small One". PopMatters. 
  22. ^ Walters, Barry (12 January 2006). "Sia: Colour the Small One : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 5 May 2009. 
  23. ^ Cinquemani, Sal (27 December 2005). "Colour the Small One | Album Review". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 17 August 2013. 
  24. ^ O'Brien, Jon. "Colour the Small One – Sia". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  25. ^ Colour the Small One (Media notes). Sia. United Kingdom: Go! Beat Records. 2004. 968 609-9.