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Sia
This Is Acting [Target Deluxe Edition] (Jan 29, 2016)

Sia — This Is Acting [Target Deluxe Edition] (Jan 29, 2016)

   Sia — This Is Acting [Target Deluxe Edition] (Jan 29, 2016)
Ξ   Huge news for Sia fans — she just announced plans for her upcoming album, which she is calling This Is Acting.
Ξ   The “Chandelier” singer says that the album is going to feature more pop songs than her fans might be used to from her.
Ξ   “I’m super productive. I have a full album ready to go and it’s much more pop,” Sia said in an interview with NME. “I’m calling it This Is Acting because they are songs I was writing for other people, so I didn’t go in thinking ‘this is something I would say’. It’s more like play–acting. It’s fun.”
Born: Sia Kate Isobelle Furler, 18 December 1975, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Location: Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Album release: Jan 29, 2016
Recorded: 2014–15
Record Label:  Monkey Puzzle/RCA
Duration:
Tracks:
01 Bird Set Free     4:12
02 Alive     4:23
03 One Million Bullets     4:12
04 Move Your Body     4:07
05 Unstoppable     3:37
06 Cheap Thrills     3:31
07 Reaper     3:39
08 House On Fire     4:01
09 Footprints     3:13
10 Sweet Design     2:25
11 Broken Glass     4:24
12 Space Between     4:48
This Is Acting  – Target exclusive edition (bonus tracks)
13 First Fighting a Sandstorm     3:48
14 Summer Rain     3:35
Writers:
•   Sia Furler, Greg Kurstin     1, 6
•   Furler, Adele Adkins, Tobias Jesso Jr.     2
•   Furler     3
•   Furler, Christopher Braide     5
•   Furler, Kanye West     7 
℗ 2015 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Producer: Greg Kurstin, Jesse Shatkin, Kanye West                                            Notes:
Ξ   Sia’s music incorporates hip hop, funk and soul as a base for her vocal styling. In 2014, she was ranked the 97th richest Australian person under the age of 40 by BRW magazine, with a reported net worth of AU$20 million. Her music has received an array of accolades, including ARIA Awards and MTV Music Awards.
Description:
Album Review
Ξ   Even when she’s crafting hits for other people, there’s a vulnerability in Sia’s songwriting that rings true. On This Is Acting, she sings some of the songs she wrote for — and were rejected by — stars such as Adele, Rihanna, and Katy Perry. Though they were intended for other singers, Sia sounds as commanding and genuine as ever. Ξ   “Alive,” which she co–wrote with Adele, has an empowering sweep that Sia takes in a direction that is all hers, while “Bird Set Free” is both intimate and anthemic, a territory of which she is the queen.                                                                                      Review
BY JON DOLAN January 15, 2016;  Score: ***
Ξ   The past decade–plus of pop music has been dominated by behind–the–scenes songwriting maestros like Max Martin and Ryan Tedder, but only one of them — 40–year–old Australian Sia Furler — has become a solo star in her own right. Sia had a career as an electronica–leaning artist in the early 2000s, before finding her voice as a Top 40 master blaster, writing smashes for Beyoncé, Rihanna and more. She saved her most intense fire for her own breakout solo hit, 2014’s “Chandelier” — a diabolically catchy depiction of alcoholism that was also so real it could scare Jim Beam off booze.
Ξ   Sia’s songs update the grandiose Eighties lite–rock ballad tradition of Diane Warren and Phil Collins for our moodier era of R&B–inscribed feminism, delivering lyrics about strain, perseverance and redemption over tracks that build from tensely foreboding verse to a titanic cathartic chorus. She’s mastered the formula so well that she’s made her seventh solo album a commentary on how hit songs are made. The tunes here were originally intended for — and then rejected by — major singers. It’s a fascinating study in what it’s like to live life imagining yourself in someone else’s artistic shoes.  This Is Acting opens with two songs that Sia hoped to land on Adele’s 25. Her approximation of the phrasing and tone of the world’s most beloved singer over the roiling piano on “Bird Set Free” is uncanny, while “Alive” is a throwback soul crusher that would’ve been the hardest–hitting thing on that blockbuster LP. Even when the match between artist and material isn’t quite copacetic, the quality control is high: Rihanna might’ve been right to dismiss “Cheap Thrills,” but the lithe party tune could’ve done well for a sprightlier singer like Ariana Grande. Other highlights, such as the industrial-strength anthem “Unstoppable,” feel like they could’ve been recorded by a half-dozen artists, from Katy Perry to Miley Cyrus.
Ξ   Sometimes these outtakes feel like, well, outtakes: “Footprints” is an orphan from a Beyoncé writing session with refrigerator–magnet–level lyrics (comparing a relationship’s progress to “two footprints in the sand”) that Bey was wise to pass on.    Impressively, though, for an album that’s more about utilitarian versatility than making the songs her own, Sia’s personality often comes through. The high point is “One Million Bullets,” the only song she wrote with herself in mind. Against a dusky minor–key piano, Sia offers herself as her lover’s protector, muse and martyr — her voice cracking perfectly in the chorus as she asks if they’d take a shot for her too. If this is acting, it’s the kind of performance that hits as hard as life itself.
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Website: http://siamusic.net/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/sia
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SiaMusic/
Discography:
Ξ   OnlySee (1997)
Ξ   Healing Is Difficult (2001)
Ξ   Colour the Small One (2004)
Ξ   Some People Have Real Problems (2008)
Ξ   We Are Born (2010)
Ξ   1000 Forms of Fear (2014)
Ξ   This Is Acting (2016)_____________________________________________________________

Sia
This Is Acting [Target Deluxe Edition] (Jan 29, 2016)

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