We Are Born

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We Are Born
Studio album by Sia
Released 18 June 2010 (2010-06-18)[1]
Genre Indie pop, dance-pop, nu-disco
Length 46:23
Label Monkey Puzzle
Producer Greg Kurstin
Sia chronology
Some People Have Real Problems
(2008)
We Are Born
(2010)
Best Of...
(2012)
Singles from We Are Born
  1. "You've Changed"
    Released: 28 December 2009
  2. "Clap Your Hands"
    Released: 13 April 2010
  3. "Stop Trying"
    Released: 29 August 2010 (radio only)
  4. "Bring Night"
    Released: 10 September 2010
  5. "I'm in Here"
    Released: 24 September 2010

We Are Born is the fifth studio album by Sia Furler.[2] The album is more upbeat than her previous work, which she partly attributes to her relationship with JD Samson as well as her childhood influences Cyndi Lauper and Madonna.[3][4] The album was produced by Greg Kurstin and features guitar from The Strokes' guitarist Nick Valensi. The album's first single, "You've Changed" was released in December 2009 and the second, "Clap Your Hands", in April 2010.[5] We Are Born debuted at number 2 on the Australian Albums Chart and was Sia's first top 10 release in her home country. The album won Best Pop Release and Best Independent Release at the 2010 ARIA Music Awards. The album received Gold accreditation in the Australian ARIA charts in 2011.[6]

Reception[edit]

We Are Born was received with generally favorable reviews with a score of 73 at Metacritic based on 9 reviews. Entertainment Weekly said: "On We Are Born the chanteuse explores more caffeinated avenues...It's party music with a heart." Slant Magazine said: "While We Are Born may not be as immediate or distinctive a statement as its predecessor, there's ultimately very little about it that doesn't work."

The album was nominated for a J Award on 26 July 2010.[7]

At the 2010 ARIA Music Awards the album was nominated for Album of the Year, Best Pop Release and Best Independent Release. "Clap Your Hands" was nominated for Single of the Year.[8] Kris Moyes won best video for Sia's video for "Clap Your Hands".[9]

Sia and Samuel Dixon were nominated for Song of the Year at the 2011 APRA Music Awards for the single "Clap Your Hands".[10][11]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
About 5/5 stars[12]
Allmusic 4/5 stars[13]
Entertainment Weekly (B+)[14]
Pitchfork Media (6.6/10)[15]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[16]
Slant 4/5 stars[17]
Virgin (7/10)[18]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Fight"   Sia Furler, Dan Carey 3:39
2. "Clap Your Hands"   Sia, Samuel Dixon 3:58
3. "Stop Trying"   Sia, Greg Kurstin 2:40
4. "You've Changed"   Sia, Lauren Flax 3:11
5. "Be Good to Me"   Sia, Jesse Graham, Simon Katz 3:57
6. "Bring Night"   Sia, Kurstin 2:57
7. "Hurting Me Now"   Sia, Kurstin 3:26
8. "Never Gonna Leave Me"   Sia, Kurstin 3:34
9. "Cloud"   Sia, Dixon 3:43
10. "I'm in Here"   Sia, Dixon 3:41
11. "The Co-Dependent"   Sia, Kurstin 2:55
12. "Big Girl Little Girl"   Sia, Henry Binns 4:18
13. "Oh Father"   Madonna, Patrick Leonard 4:29
14. "I'm in Here" (Piano/Vocal Version) Sia, Dixon 3:47

Personnel[edit]

Credits for We Are Born adapted from Sia's official website.[20]

Charts[edit]

We Are Born debuted at number 2 on the Australian Albums Chart behind Eminem's Recovery, at number 37 on the American Billboard 200 albums chart, at number 9 on the Greek international albums chart, number 7 on the Dutch Albums Chart, number 38 in Switzerland, number 78 in Belgium, number 14 in Denmark, number 24 in Finland, number 73 in Germany and number 60 in Canada. The album also debuted at #74 on the UK Albums Chart in the week ending 3 October 2010, making it her first album to reach the top 100 there.

The album received Gold accreditation for shipments of 35,000 copies in the Australian ARIA charts in 2011.[6]

Chart (2010–2011) Peak
position
Australia Albums Chart (ARIA)[6] 2
Belgium (Flanders) Ultratip 50 Albums (BEA)[21] 80
Belgium (Wallonia) Ultratop 50 Albums (BEA)[22] 42
Canadian Albums Chart (Billboard) 60
Danish Albums (Tracklisten)[23] 14
Dutch Albums Chart (GfK)[24] 13
Finnish Albums Chart (ÄKT / IFPI Finland)[25] 24
French Albums Chart (SNEP)[26] 42
German Albums Chart (Media Control) | 73
Greek Albums Chart (IFPI Greece)[27] 9
Swiss Albums Top 100 (Media Control)[28] 38
UK Albums Chart (The Official Charts Company) 74
US Billboard 200 37

References[edit]

  1. ^ Siamusic.net
  2. ^ Schadewald, Amber (13 April 2010). Powder room confessions with Sia. San Francisco Bay Guardian.
  3. ^ McRanor, Graeme (10 April 2010). Sia frolics in the shallow end of the pop pool. Vancouver Sun.
  4. ^ Goldberg, Michael Alan (7 April 2010). Sia: Death of Cool. Seattle Weekly.
  5. ^ Ambrecht, Wesley (6 April 2010). Top Ten Singles to Download Now. The Cornell Daily Sun.
  6. ^ a b c "ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2011 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 13 September 2011. 
  7. ^ "Tame Impala - Innerspeaker: J Awards 2010". Triple J. Retrieved 27 July 2010. 
  8. ^ "ARIA Award nominations 2010". The Sydney Morning Herald. 29 September 2010. 
  9. ^ "Six ARIA Nominations For Sia, Angus & Julia Stone". Billboard. Retrieved 14 September 2011. 
  10. ^ The Man Behind the Songs The West Australian, Retrieved on 2011-06-22
  11. ^ APRA AMCOS: Song of the Year - 2011 apra-amcox.com.au. Retrieved on 2011-05-27.
  12. ^ Norman, Ben. "Sia - 'We Are Born'". Album review. About. Retrieved 26 September 2011. 
  13. ^ Hoffman, Ross. "Sia - 'We Are Born'". Album review. AllMusic. Retrieved 26 September 2011. 
  14. ^ Greenblatt, Leah (16 June 2010). "We Are Born (2010) - Sia". Album review (Entertainment Weekly). Retrieved 26 September 2011. 
  15. ^ Colville, Liz. "Sia - We Are Born". Album review. Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 26 September 2011. 
  16. ^ Ganz, Caryn. "Sia - We Are Born". Album review. Rolling Stone. Retrieved 26 September 2011. 
  17. ^ Keefe, Jonathan. "Sia - We Are Born". Album review. Slant. Retrieved 26 September 2011. 
  18. ^ Laidlow, Matthew. "Sia - 'We Are Born' - album review". Virgin Media. Retrieved 26 September 2011. 
  19. ^ "We Are Born [+video] [+digital booklet] (Amazon MP3 Exclusive Version): Sia". Amazon.com. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  20. ^ Credits: We Are Born. Official website. Retrieved on 2010–10–28.
  21. ^ "Ultratop: Sia: We Are Born". Retrieved 13 September 2011. 
  22. ^ "Ultratop: Sia: We Are Born". Retrieved 13 September 2011. 
  23. ^ "Danish Charts: Sia: We Are Born". Retrieved 13 September 2011. 
  24. ^ "Dutch Charts: Sia: We Are Born". Retrieved 13 September 2011. 
  25. ^ "Finnish Charts: Sia: We Are Born". Retrieved 13 September 2011. 
  26. ^ "Les Charts: Sia: We Are Born". Retrieved 13 September 2011. 
  27. ^ "Greek Charts: Sia: We Are Born". Retrieved 13 September 2011. 
  28. ^ "Hitparade Die Offizielle Schweizer Hitparade: Sia: We Are Born". Retrieved 13 September 2011.