Sia, ‘1000 Forms of Fear’


Aidin Vaziri | Before Sia Furler wrote huge hit songs for Beyoncé, Rihanna and David Guetta, she was just another singer-songwriter who was perpetually bubbling under. Early singles like “Breathe Me” and “Destiny,” recorded with the electronic act Zero 7, got her name out there, but the prospect of actual fame sent her running while living in excess made her fall. This week, Furler releases her first solo album in four years, “1000 Forms of Fear.” Its melancholy songs, such as “Big Girls Cry” and “Straight for the Night,” are built around the kind of sterling melodies that have kept her name in the Hot 100 chart for a better part of the past two years, but their bleak lyrics suggest that her instincts about success may have been too right.