SIA - 'This Is Acting' review
SIA is awesome. Like I said when I reviewed her last album '1000 Forms of Fear', she's one of the few writers / artists whose stuff appears in charts that I will actually listen to albums of. If you can get past the acrobatic-ness of her voice and the RIHANNA-esque vocal stylings (she writes for her and pretty much created that style for her), then you'll find her stuff has leanings to ROBYN, THE KNIFE and TEGAN AND SARA, which ain't a bad thing at all in my ears. Amongst these twelve tracks, we have the piano-driven ballads like 'One Million Bullets'; full on dance tunes like 'Sweet Design' and the awesome, addictively genius 'Move Your Body; purely perfect pop songs rendered in her unique style like 'House on Fire' and the awesome power number 'Unstoppable'; and of course the huge belter, in this album's case 'Alive', which features one of the biggest and most euphoric choruses I've ever heard (at least equalling that of 'Chandelier') and of which her vocal take during the musically minimal bridge is just astounding. SIA's songs have an awesome, unique sense of melody and thought-provoking lyrics that will lift, crush, comfort, puzzle, encourage, and blow you away, all in the space of a few tracks, and this album is a perfect example of that. Check out the unbelievable 'Alive' (goosebumps at the ready), the irresistible 'Move Your Body', and I especially love the haunting and beautiful 'Broken Glass', which features not only one, but two upward key changes in the final chorus (now she's just showing off). Consistently brilliant throughout, consider this if you like pop with depth. Awesome.