The Bottom Line
The true gem from David Guetta's Nothing But the Beat album is at last promoted to pop radio in the US. The gorgeous vocals and empowering words from singer-songwriter Sia move "Titanium" above the quality level of the standard David Guetta club track. The impact flows over you like a wave crashing on the shore. It is still relatively simplistic in structure, but the sounds are quite beautiful.
- Sia's soaring vocals
- Lyrics of empowerment
- Simplistic structure that easily sounds repetitive
- Written by Sia Furler, David Guetta, Giorgio Tuinfort, and Nick Van De Wall
- Produced by David Guetta, Giorgio Tuinfort, and Afrojack
- Released April 2012 by Virgin
Guide Review - David Guetta - "Titanium" featuring Sia
Reportedly Sia originally wrote the words of this song for Katy Perry to record, and she was turned down. "Titanium" does share qualities with a Katy Perry empowerment anthem like "Firework." It is fortunate for Sia that the song was rejected, because it has brought Sia worldwide recognition from pop and dance music audiences. This is her second major appearance on the pop charts in the US following "Wild Ones" with Flo Rida.
After the plucked guitar part that opens the song, the first buildup into the chorus of "Titanium" is exhilarating. Sia's voice not only gains your attention when she is quietly delivering the verse, but also has the sheer power to soar above the dance beats. The negatives about the song are endemic to much of David Guetta's work. The structure is simplistic and can become repetitive and dull after hearing "Titanium" multiple times.
The high points here are truly exciting, but the listener is left wanting more heft to the record. It would be very interesting to see what a David Guetta track like "Titanium" would sound like if it was fleshed out into something more complete. He might truly unleash an epic pop record if that were the case. For now, a mesmerizing vocalist like Sia is needed to hold attention. Otherwise, "Titanium" would sound like just another cranked out factory piece.