This Is Acting


The release of multiple albums and singles Jan. 29 at 12 a.m. is enough to make one’s head spin until it pops off out of the abundance of new music. Sia’s highly anticipated album “This Is Acting” features songs originally written by Sia with other artists such as Rihanna and Adele but ended up rejected. “One Million Bullets” sticking out however, as she wrote the song with herself in mind a shift in sound with her traditional formula of a lower range during the verses until shifting into her belting lyrics during the chorus. Her vocals are the star of the album, not as much thought put into instrumentals as they are fairly simplistic much like most modern day music. Sia’s vocal ability shines throughout the entirety of her album but some tracks catch the ear more than others, making it obvious that the songs were originally written for another artist. Another downfall would have to be the predictability of the sound of the album. Unfortunately Sia didn’t seize the opportunity to produce a new twist compared to the past, still continuing with never ending notes for the chorus. After the massive success with “1000 Forms of Fear” containing hits such as “Chandelier” and “Elastic Heart”, Sia could have tried to branch out with attempting to change her style which she potentially did in “Reaper” but the same formula still applies however the tempo change really makes a difference. Overall the album deserves a 3.5 out of 5 just because it didn’t live up to the hype presented though she continues to deliver lyrically heavy and intricate phrases.