Sia
Everyday Is Christmas


2.0
poor

Review

by Alex Stephenson USER (43 Reviews)
December 10th, 2017 | 24 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: All I want for Christmas is some diction lessons.

There’s a good reason most modern-day Christmas albums have 1-2 original songs on them at max.; it’s a subject that’s been exhausted of good ideas by and large. To tackle a full-length album of Christmas-themed originals requires an originality that few dare to strive for and even less actually possess. Certainly Sia seems to believe she has the originality necessary for such an endeavor, as Everyday is Christmas, her first full-length release after her move from RCA to Atlantic, showcases. And it’s hard to dispute this; the tracks here are very much rooted in Sia’s trademark desperate, weathered life perspective, a unique vantage point to take for a holiday-themed record.

But for as nice as this niche seems to be in theory, the execution is marred by perhaps the most glaringly problematic thing about this idea: Sia’s voice is not one that gives these tracks the impression of “holiday tunes”. It fits well enough with slower tracks like the affecting “Snowflake”, but those songs don’t feel as much like “holiday” songs as they do traditional Sia ballads with some winter/holiday-themed imagery. The tracks that do hit you over the head with those characteristics most often found in Christmas songs (sleigh bells, lyrics concerning Santa and trees/mistletoe, etc.) neither suit Sia’s voice nor hold up as holiday tracks in and of themselves. “Ho Ho Ho” hints at its being a portrayal of a depressed, drunk Christmas bash, but after the same few lyrics have been repeated for the seventh or eighth time, the effect is almost completely diluted. And while the sentiment conveyed in “Puppies Are Forever” is lovely enough, it’s difficult to figure out which contains more cute-sy fluff: the puppies or the lyrics.

The other primary issue with Everyday is Christmas is that it doesn’t stick enough with the aspects that do work; when Sia is committed to singing from an alternate perspective, one that isn’t as reliant on “festive cheer” tropes or anything like that, what she produces is relatively easy on the ears. But at the same time, she seems to be trying desperately to gear some material here towards those who do wholeheartedly buy into those tropes, and that just isn’t playing to her strengths as a writer or as a singer. There’s a solid holiday record floating around here somewhere, but there’s not nearly enough direction for it to manifest itself properly. So just know that whenever you get around to creating your “warm, cozy, by the fireside” playlists for the week of Christmas, this is an album you can probably just pass over without missing anything substantial.



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TheLongShot
December 10th 2017


861 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Holiday cheer with the worst enunciator in popular music, enjoy

DivergentThinking
December 10th 2017


6226 Comments


Great review man. This album seems so unnecessary

TheLongShot
December 10th 2017


861 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

That it is

Tunaboy45
December 10th 2017


16811 Comments


work in a pub/retail and you'll grow to hate most christmas music

Alex61
December 10th 2017


10 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

Kudos to you for actually carrying through and listening to this album. Worst of 2017, do you reckon?

TheLongShot
December 10th 2017


861 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

The Chainsmokers make that prize unattainable tbh

TheCynic
December 10th 2017


120 Comments


hahahaha chainsmokers

DivergentThinking
December 10th 2017


6226 Comments


No, Imagine Dragons made it unattainable. I can't imagine anything worse than Evolve for this year (or possibly this decade so far)

TheLongShot
December 10th 2017


861 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I haven't heard that pile of shit yet so can't comment, but either way yeah there's been far worse this year lol

Hovse
December 10th 2017


2717 Comments


Bad coverart

someguest
December 10th 2017


29931 Comments


sia has no good cover art

or albums

Hovse
December 10th 2017


2717 Comments


Only heard ''chandelier'' and it was irritating as fuck and couldn't force myself to check a full sia album.

Divaman
December 11th 2017


4493 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I like this album a little better than you do, but I agree that at this point, it's hard to come up with an album of original holiday music that is in any way memorable.

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SteakByrnes
December 11th 2017


16173 Comments


That album title just isn't true should I sue?

literallyzach
December 11th 2017


518 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

my roommate had the audacity to play this in the car and i can't recall a more unpleasant thirty five minutes in recent memory. how the fuck is there a song called puppies are forever on here

AngryLittleAlchemist
December 11th 2017


1999 Comments


Has any Sia album ever had good cover art? The consistency of ugliness is becoming extremely noticeable

Hovse
December 11th 2017


2717 Comments


R.I.P Christmas

literallyzach
December 11th 2017


518 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

the one for 1000 forms of whatever isn't horrible but this one is unforgivable

TheLongShot
December 11th 2017


861 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Ugh fuck I have to lower the rating of this, the more I think about it the more I realize it sticks out like a sore thumb among my 2’s lol

Hovse
December 11th 2017


2717 Comments


Good decision



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