Sia Debuts New Song ‘Broken Glass’: Does It Sound Like A Broken Record?
Sia released a brand new song, “Broken Glass,” online Wednesday.
From the sound and overall flow of the song, it seems like the “Elastic Heart” singer may have another blossoming hit single on her hands with this song.
According to Hollywood Life, “Broken Glass” made its big debut on Beats1 and is streaming online via Apple Music now.
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Sia apparently used “Broken Glass” as an inspirational song to remind downhearted people to not give up when nothing seems like it’s going right, especially within a relationship.
A highlight of the song, which is repeated throughout the lyrics, has Sia singing that she is not going to throw the person away like broken glass.
“I’m not discarding you like broken glass. There are no winners when the die is cast. There’s only tears when it’s the final task. So don’t give up; it’s just young lovers’ romance.”
At the heart of the song is an inspirational message, a trend that Sia has used in quite a few of the songs that she has written for herself and others.
If you take a look at the full lyrics of “Broken Glass,” though, there seems to be another emerging trend within this new Sia single: repetition. Several of the key phrases of the song, including the “discarding you like broken glass” lyric, are repeated several times throughout the four-minute song.
- “So don’t give up, it’s just young lovers’ romance”: 9 times
- “I’m not discarding you like broken glass”: 7 times
- “There are no winners when the die is cast”: 5 times
- “There’s only tears when it’s the final task”: 4 times
With that type of repetition, does Sia’s “Broken Glass” play out like a broken record?
Most fans and critics of Sia’s music would likely answer that question with a resounding “no.” On paper, the lyrics to most of her songs may seem excessively repetitive, as if she is rushing through brief lyrics to get back to a catchy hook and repeated chorus.
However, you need to take the full Sia experience into consideration before drawing any conclusions, including the power of her voice, the rhythm of her melody, and the poetry of her lyrics.
Regardless of how you may feel about her songs, it is hard to deny that Sia has an amazing singing voice, a talent that she is proven on live television at numerous award ceremonies, talk shows, and other televised broadcasts.
The musical melodies that accompany her voice are usually compelling and emotionally stirring even without her voice being added to them. A major highlight of Sia’s overall success in the music industry, though, has always trailed back to the root of her high-quality songwriting.
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Long before Sia became an internationally-known star with her hit single, “Chandelier,” she worked hard behind the scenes as a successful songwriter. The 40-year-old Australian singer has written chart-topping songs for many A-list female singers, including Beyonce, Rihanna, and Adele.
However, not every song that Sia has written for other people over the years have been accepted by the stars for which they were written.
Fortunately, Sia has apparently been able to take those rejected songs and turn them into potential hits for herself. On her forthcoming album, This is Acting, the entire tracklist consists of many of those rejected songs. Sia opened up about the concept for her album in an interview with Rolling Stone last month.
“I feel like they’re hits, but nobody wanted them. So I thought, ‘Let’s see, as an experiment, if I’m right.'”
If Sia is right, chances are that quite a few A-list singers may start kicking themselves when the songs that they let slip through their fingers become chart-topping hits for Sia. Having her new single, “Broken Glass,” become a commercial success will speak volumes for Sia’s album and overall career as a singer-songwriter.
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