We banged on about this song a little bit when we ran the preview clip last week, but it's only when you hear the entire tune that the full amazingness of 'Chandelier' hits home. 

Obviously the chorus lands on you like a bag of cement but lyrically, too, 'Chandelier' is the perfect song with which to relaunch Sia as someone who doesn't just shoot out hits at whichever global superstar happens to have wandered into the firing line.

"I'm gonna swing from the chandelier" is a line that's all about release and euphoria. It's a line that makes a lot of sense when you consider the years Sia spent trying to make sense of the world of pop and what her place in it should be.

It feels quite unselfconscious, until "but I'm holding on for dear life" explores the uncertainty any sensible person would feel if they were on the verge of swinging around for all to see. Obviously most people quite like the idea of swinging from a chandelier, but there's got to be a point when you're up there, flapping around, when you think two things: A) Everyone's gasping and clapping but half of them are waiting for the light fitting to come out of the ceiling. B) This will be fun for a bit but how am I actually going to get down?

It's a bit like 'Titanium' isn't it? A song that seems like it's about being emotionally armour-plated, when really it's also a song about at best being defiant, more likely a little too aware of your own vulnerability.

We could go on and on and on about this song but let's be honest we've got another two and a half months before it's out in the UK so we should probably pace ourselves a bit.

For the time being if you're in America you can buy it now (here's the iTunes link), and if you're interested in song credits (which if you're a Sia fan you probably are) 'Chandelier' was written by Sia and Jesse Shatkin, while Greg Kurstin and Jesse Shatkin produced it.

THERE'S AN ALBUM IN THE SUMMER.




Today (US) / June 1 (UK)
Label: RCA
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