1000 Forms of Fear

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  • Summary: The sixth full-length release for the Australian pop singer-songwriter was produced by Greg Kurstin.
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  1. Positive: 21 out of 28
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  1. Jul 16, 2014
    90
    Whether or not stadium pop is to everyone’s taste, this is it in its smartest and most human form.
  2. In sound, composition and performance, Sia captures the melodrama of teen life, with all the lunatic exaggeration it deserves.
  3. Jul 7, 2014
    80
    Just consider it a solid project from an artist who, after creating albums since the late-90s, is finally getting her recognition in front, instead of behind the curtain.
  4. 80
    1000 Forms of Fear is a anguished pop album for our uncertain times, crafted by an artist who is conflicted and torn by her celebrity as well as her vulnerable heart.
  5. Jul 24, 2014
    70
    Fortunately, these successes do not overwhelm 1000 Forms Of Fear, with tracks such as ‘Big Girls Cry’ and ‘Fire Meet Gasoline’ more than matching the output of her past clients in terms of captivating, powerful pop.
  6. 67
    Though her new material is of mixed quality, Sia’s instrument remains uniformly magnificent. She executes vocal cartwheels throughout these twelve songs, delivering great pain with even greater triumph.
  7. Jul 8, 2014
    50
    1000 Forms Of Fear certainly has the songs and contemporary sheen to make Sia a star in her own right, but it’s at the expense of both her emotional intimacy and her offbeat personality.

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  1. Positive: 42 out of 53
  2. Negative: 2 out of 53
  1. Jul 10, 2014
    10
    '1000 Forms of Fear' is a creative album! Sia did great songs that made me feel in other world. So many dramatic and fantastic words.... This'1000 Forms of Fear' is a creative album! Sia did great songs that made me feel in other world. So many dramatic and fantastic words.... This is one of the greatest albums of the century! Expand
  2. Feb 2, 2016
    10
    The uncomparable talented force known as Sia really is here to stay. With so many powerful ballads, full of great and raw vocals, 1000 FormsThe uncomparable talented force known as Sia really is here to stay. With so many powerful ballads, full of great and raw vocals, 1000 Forms of Fear is for sure one of the best albums of this decade. Expand
  3. Sep 1, 2015
    10
    Any distresses you encounter in life, a Sia song will come out of nowhere and will share a release of emotions, it's therapeutic to listen to,Any distresses you encounter in life, a Sia song will come out of nowhere and will share a release of emotions, it's therapeutic to listen to, it gives you something, even when your inner demons tell you to suffer, Sia will tell you to let go and have no fear. This album is breathtaking. Expand
  4. Jul 11, 2014
    8
    1000 Forms of Fear is a melodically diverse album, with deep lyrics, showing a more intimate side of Sia. Every track is exciting, and you1000 Forms of Fear is a melodically diverse album, with deep lyrics, showing a more intimate side of Sia. Every track is exciting, and you certainly will repeat the playlist several times! Expand
  5. Jul 8, 2014
    8
    It’s been a while since we’ve heard from Sia. Four years, to be exact. Sure, she’s guest sung on David Guetta tracks and has been writing forIt’s been a while since we’ve heard from Sia. Four years, to be exact. Sure, she’s guest sung on David Guetta tracks and has been writing for Rihanna and Beyoncé. But the last time she made music for herself was for 2010′s We Are Born. Since then, her approach towards her sound and her image has changed – and it’s really fascinating. She dons a blonde wig (as pictured in the album cover) and sings with her back turned in all her performances. Others will take the front stage with interpretative dance as she sings – Maddie Ziegler did it perfectly, Lena Dunham did it laughably badly. She’s hiding her face in a metaphorical paper bag as her music incites bodily expression in her guest performers, and in a counterintuitive way, Ms. Blonde Bob is becoming more of a star than she doesn’t want to be. And it’s all because of her new music. 1000 Forms of Fear does perfectly what contemporary pop music is supposed to do – make you dance, shake, and break free from your daily inertia as if no one can judge you. Beginning with her hit single Chandelier, the album manages to be both more fun and more mature than We Are Born. It reduces to shambles any guilt you may have felt for turning your pop playlist up to max volume and shimmying incoherently around your bedroom, because that’s what Sia wants you to do.

    We Are Born proved to us that Sia knows the secret to her infectious pop: juxtaposing her powerful voice with buoyant, hip-hop tinged dance-pop beats. However, on 1000 Forms of Fear, Sia ups the level of passion in her vocals and refines her beats to create a more distinctive sound. Xylophones race and snares pop in the background as her voice crackles and strains as if she’s about to burst. It’s hot, it’s fun, it’s everything you would normally feel guilty about for listening to but can’t because it’s executed with such a mature panache. What Sia’s album lacks in diversity or rhythmic flux it makes up for in consistency and energy. Every track on the album is an exciting experience on its own. One of the album’s flaws is the sonic fatigue that it induces near the end of an entire listen. However, that has almost grown to become one of the trademark features of contemporary, radio-friendly pop. As a whole, 1000 Forms of Fear is a well-deserved success for the artist as well as the listener. If you walk into your young relative’s room and see her methodically flailing her limbs and hopping about with sporadic grace to this album – just as how Sia’s voice waxes and wanes in quality with spontaneity – you know the artist has achieved her goal.

    FINAL SCORE: 4 out of 5 stars (raw score: 82.5, between “great” and “almost perfect”)
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  6. Aug 9, 2016
    7
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  7. Oct 13, 2015
    0
    I remember time when Sia was a cool artist. She used to make unique music but then... Something strange happened and she released "Chandelier"I remember time when Sia was a cool artist. She used to make unique music but then... Something strange happened and she released "Chandelier" and later this awful album "1000 Forms of Fear". I can't **** understand why she hides her face. Everyone knows her face so what's the problem? Anyway, this album is an average and boring work. Compared to her old albums... this is really weak. Expand

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