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  • Summary: The sixth full-length release for the Australian pop singer-songwriter was produced by Greg Kurstin.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Jul 16, 2014
    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
    To say it's her most accessible album yet doesn't diminish it or her previous albums; instead, it's the sound of Furler owning her success.
  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
    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
    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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 32
  2. Negative: 1 out of 32
  1. Jul 19, 2014
    10/10 clearly. What more do you want from an advanced, artistic, pop-album? No song is less than good, and the best ones are masterpieces of combining grit and gloss.

    I'm so happy, I have new pop-goddess in my pantheon. (Robyn is another.)
  2. Jul 8, 2014
    I have no words to describe how spectacular this album is... The compositions, the melody, the sound... It's an amazing job, Sia is by far one of the biggest artists today Expand
  3. Jul 10, 2014
    '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
  4. Jul 11, 2014
    1000 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 19, 2014
    It pains me to say that, while this album is good, Sia writes better songs for artists such as Rihanna, Katy Perry, Beyoncé, and Lea Michele, than her own. Obviously, the album is cohesive, organized, and much more mature than anything she's ever released. Songs like "Chandelier", "Big Girls Cry", "Eye of the Needle", and "Free The Animal" are great songs sure to become hits with the right promotion, but it's songs like "Fair Game" and "Hostage" that sound exhausted and rushed. In conclusion, there is no BAAAAD song on the album, but they're not ALL the best that Sia can do. Expand
  6. Aug 4, 2014
    Her vulnerability and her vocal chops are 1000 Forms of Fears' highlights. And in case it hasn't already been established -- except it already has about, well, '1000' times, it doesn't hurt to be a critically acclaimed songwriter as well ("You went straight for the knife/And I prepared to die/Your blade, it shines/Looked me straight in the eye"); her ability to turn broken-hearted lyrics about alcoholism, drug addiction, and abusive relationships into fist-pumping pop hooks ("1, 2, 3/1, 2, 3, drink") is stunning. However, my recurring issue with producer Greg Kurstin is his often extraordinarily unextraordinary production, making every melody sound like a cheap rehash of the other. In conclusion, while Sia certainly is a talented spirit in the singer-songwriting industry and she'll certain bleed out another hit or two after "Chandelier", whether it's for her or another of the '1000' singers she writes for, 1000 Forms of Fear is a lyrically and vocally ambitious album that tends to never reach its desperate highs thanks to some so-and-so, copy-and-paste production, which often over-polishes the quirky personality we met years ago before all the top-ten featured vocal contributions.

    Recommended tracks are, of course, "Chandelier", "Eye of the Needle", "Straight for the Knife", "Fair Game", and the Diplo-produced "Elastic Heart", which was previously featured on The Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack last year.
  7. Aug 23, 2014
    achei bem fraquinho, basicamente ela tentou fazer uma farofa comercial, mas só que perdeu toda essencia dela, saudades da Sia do bem, separadas por um Xandeliê Expand

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