Contrary to what many people may believe, I don't LOVE many musical artists. I do love many songs, but I only love a handful of artists. Every 3-5 years I will find myself falling in love with a new artist but this process takes a very long time. I'm currently really starting to develop a deep appreciation for Sia and it's taken almost a decade for me to feel this way.
Anyway...my second encounter with Sia's music was much different. I was having dinner at a hip little restaurant in the LES and a really soulful / upbeat song was playing and (this was before I had shazam or soundhound). I asked my boyfriend (at the time) if he knew the song and he said no. I asked the waitress if she knew the song and she said no and then I went on a mission (I use to get pretty crazy about these things before my beloved Shazam was invented). I asked the host, who asked the bartender, who asked the manager, who went behind the curtain for about 5 mins and came back (way after the song had ended) and told me it was Sia "You changed". Hmm I thought, this song seemed to be a real "feel good" song so I checked it out and ended up buying it along with a few more songs off the album. At this point Sia had piqued my interest but I was not in love. The album just felt a little too light and poppy.
The beginning of my sincere appreciation for Sia was when I first played Titanium in a club. Now I had bought the song with out listening to it (I'm a DJ and I do that all the time) and I decided to test it out at the end of one of my sets. By the time Sia was belting "I'm bulletproof, nothing to lose, fire away fire away" I thought to my self... 'this sh-- is fresh'. The song is pretty heavy and emotional but unlike' breath me', it's really strong and I could feel the song's meaning with out knowing all of the lyrics. After "Titanium" came the song "She Wolf", which had the same affect and now with the song "Elastic Heart" I AM IN LOVE!! The song expresses some really strong emotions in a manner that feels tough and even inspiring. It's great.