Sia We are Born

At one time, Sia Furler was referred to as "the female Beck," mainly due to the ease with which she could jump from genre to genre. We are Born (the fourth LP from the Southern Australia native) shows Sia entering her Midnite Vultures phase. Working with the Bird and the Bee's Greg Kurstin, Furler delivers an album bursting with hooky rhythms and oozing confidence. Lead single "You've Changed" (a remake of Lauren Flax's 2008 electro pop dance floor hit) provides a template for the rest of the album, as songs like "Stop Trying" and "Be Good to Me" wouldn't feel out of place on a Pink or Christina Aguilera album. "Bring Night" stands out from the pack, with Sia merging Brooklyn loft party rapping with white girl teen pop choruses. But by the time We are Born enters its second half, it's apparent that Furler has exhausted her ideas. Luckily, Sia is savvy enough to move onto a new sound by the time her next release is due. (Jive)