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  • Summary: The seventh full-length release for the Australian singer features songs originally written for other artists such as Adele, Beyoncé, and Rihanna.
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  • Record Label: RCA
  • Genre(s): Pop, Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Left-Field Pop
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Cheap Thrills
Come on, come on, turn the radio on It's Friday night, and it won't be long Gotta do my hair, put my make-up on It's Friday night, and it won't be... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. Jan 29, 2016
    83
    A record that overwhelmingly delivers big beats and shout-along choruses straight to the brain’s pleasure center.
  2. 80
    It’s a brave act on Furler’s part, to stand up and present a body of work that so many other people deemed not good enough, but ultimately, it’s a great collection of pop songs, cynical or not.
  3. Jan 29, 2016
    70
    Given that Furler didn't originally plan to make these songs her own, it's impressive that This Is Acting works as well as it does--only the wannabe banger "Move Your Body" and "Sweet Design"'s flashy, hard-hitting R&B are truly unconvincing. For the most part, however, This Is Acting's meta-pop is another example of how cleverly Sia brings her her experiments into the mainstream.
  4. Jan 28, 2016
    60
    In isolation, almost everything here would be a solid example of the songwriter-for-hire’s art: if nothing bowls you over with its originality, it’s hard not to be impressed by the pitilessness with which the songs sink their hooks into you. But taken collectively, you notice the big flaw in Furler’s approach.
  5. Feb 1, 2016
    60
    This Is Acting, for all its backstory, rousing highlights, and questionable stylistic choices, actually feels like more of a placeholder than it was probably intended to be, continuing on the radio-ready success of 1000 Forms of Fear but doing very little to push her craft forward outside of exciting productions like “Move Your Body” and emotional breakthroughs like “Space Between”.
  6. Uncut
    Jan 29, 2016
    60
    Where her other albums are more varied, this all-guns-blazing pop portfolio is a touch wearying. [Mar 2016, p.80]
  7. Feb 2, 2016
    40
    It’s obviously understandable to attempt to capitalise upon the success of your best-known hit but on This Is Acting, Sia loses sight of what made her such an interesting artist in the first place.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 64 out of 79
  2. Negative: 6 out of 79
  1. Feb 2, 2016
    10
    Great album. Sia makes this album work. The way she can make her voice twist and soar is incredible. Nice album to just listen to start toGreat album. Sia makes this album work. The way she can make her voice twist and soar is incredible. Nice album to just listen to start to finish. Highlights are: Cheap Thrills, Alive, Bird Set Free, and Broken Glass (my personal favorite). Expand
  2. Jan 29, 2016
    10
    Best álbum of the 2016 and one best in pop. its excelent . new rhythms for sia , best vocal and the best lyrics , sia, this álbum shows theBest álbum of the 2016 and one best in pop. its excelent . new rhythms for sia , best vocal and the best lyrics , sia, this álbum shows the power to make good music . This is the real pop álbum. Expand
  3. Jan 29, 2016
    10
    Really good album, similar to Sia's last effort. Her strength lays in her distinctive and very emotional voice, as well as in the talent forReally good album, similar to Sia's last effort. Her strength lays in her distinctive and very emotional voice, as well as in the talent for songwriting. Expand
  4. Feb 18, 2016
    9
    Even though this album wasn't as great as 1000 Forms of Fear, there are some great songs on here and Sia's vocals are on point throughout theEven though this album wasn't as great as 1000 Forms of Fear, there are some great songs on here and Sia's vocals are on point throughout the album. I think why it was hard to really get into this album was because of the bland beginning. With the exception of Alive and Bird Set Free, tracks 3-5 should have been omitted. Despite that, I loved the playful nature of the album and its production. Sia is still great and loves to experiment which is why she is so much fun to listen to. Expand
  5. Sep 9, 2016
    8
    Sia proves once again what an amazing songwriter she is! This songs were rejected by other artists she wrote them for but they still soundSia proves once again what an amazing songwriter she is! This songs were rejected by other artists she wrote them for but they still sound great. "Alive" is a masterpiece (you can really feel the Adele vibe here), "Cheap thrills" is catchy as hell (better without Sean Paul in my opinion), "Move your body" is a banger, "Bird set free" is empowering...in other words the album really stands out! Great job, Sia! Expand
  6. Oct 5, 2016
    7
    Credit where credit is due. This album is primarily made up of songs Sia has written herself for other artists, who ultimately rejected them.Credit where credit is due. This album is primarily made up of songs Sia has written herself for other artists, who ultimately rejected them. First, brownie points for writing your own material, unlike some performers (I'm looking at you Beyonce). Second, more points for having the vocal talent to perform them on your own without computer assistance (I spotted a few pitchy moments). Finally, points for giving consideration and care to your non-anthemic pieces. Everyone loved Chandelier and Elastic Heart, myself included, but the real strength of this album isn't in the bangers that will most likely get the air time (Alive), but rather the more nuanced spots like "Reaper," which is my favorite track on this album. Expand
  7. Jan 29, 2016
    0
    Sia wanted to repeat success of her last album and make 2000 Forms Of Fear. This album is really bad, how can she be so lazy to take all theSia wanted to repeat success of her last album and make 2000 Forms Of Fear. This album is really bad, how can she be so lazy to take all the BAD songs recorded for other artists and release it? I like old albums by Sia but this album is very annoying, boring and everything sounds the same, disappointment. Expand

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