After lending her songwriting abilities to some of the most poignant pop songs in recent memory (Beyonce’s “Pretty Hurts,” Lea Michele’s “Cannonball,” Britney Spears’ “Perfume,” Rihanna’s “Diamonds“), it’s amazing to know that Sia’s still got some of that power-ballad gold left over for herself.
With “Chandelier,” which comes to us from the Australian singer-songwriter’s sixth studio album (out this summer), Sia serves party-girl darkness, toeing the line between celebration and self-destruction as it becomes increasingly more blurred.
“I’m gonna swing from the chandelier, from the chandelier/ I’m gonna live like tomorrow doesn’t exist, like it doesn’t exist,” the “Battle Cry” songstress defiantly belts out on the chorus.
While out of context this might sound like just another DGAF anthem, the lyrical references to substance abuse (“1,2,3 1,2,3 drink/ Throw ‘em back till I lose count”) and the utter emptiness felt at the end make “Chandelier” one of the most intriguing radio-friendly ballads we’ve heard in a long time.
Like, is this the underlying meaning of all those “f*** the consequences/let’s get drunk” tracks we love? What does it say about us that we connect to ‘em so easily? Sorry if we’re getting a little Mariah Carey right now (#TooDeep), but Sia’s new song has left us with a lot of feelings we need to sort out.
+ Listen to Sia’s “Chandelier.”
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