"Academia" by Sia with Beck – A clever song using different measurements and words of measurement to express a definite sentiment. It’s catchy and clever… “I am a dash and you are a dot, when will you see that I’m all you got.”
“I’m greater than X but lesser than Y so why is it that I still can’t catch your eye.”
The person here is a “difficult equation” and if she is a number she is “infinity plus one.” I haven’t liked much from Sia after the terrific "Breathe Me," which admittedly was pretty damn hard to beat and now there is the Mylo Remix of that song which is also very good.
"Academia" is the best thing to come along in a while and how she gets those words out like an auctioneer I don’t know. I wonder in concert, if she will need the lyrics in front of her or if she will remember them all – certainly, I could not. A fun hop-skip-and-a –jump song that reminds me of playing hopscotch or hand-slap games as a child back in Britain.
"Sweetest Decline" by Beth Orton - Beth Orton has such a range that she can pull off a lot and this is but one of her sides that I find here. I can’t classify it or put it into any particular category. Throughout this song there are brief interruptions that are all so human, such as “so” and “anyway” as if she is having a conversation with us. It makes us relate even more as if we are in the story with her. You have to love the title. A decline never thought of as sweet before, yet the commingling of the words here seems perfectly natural, poetic.
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