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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: 71 out of 87
  2. Negative: 6 out of 87
  1. Mar 20, 2021
    10
    This album is a MASTERPIECE. Thank you, Sia, for saving my life with your songs.
  2. Jan 30, 2016
    10
    this new work from Sia surpassed its predecessor album, this album brings a totally different thematic of all the latest albums released, makethis new work from Sia surpassed its predecessor album, this album brings a totally different thematic of all the latest albums released, make an album with 90% of the songs rejected by other artists is not for everyone! Luck of Sia and fans because this album is wonderful 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. Oct 5, 2016
    9
    All though This is Acting is not Sia's strongest album she is able to express the album's concept loud and clear. The album is purely popAll though This is Acting is not Sia's strongest album she is able to express the album's concept loud and clear. The album is purely pop through and through and it is clear that the album highlight Sia as a songwriter. Some highlight tracks are Move your body, Bird Set Free, and Space Between. Expand
  5. Jul 2, 2017
    8
    Una de las mejores compositoras de la actualidad, el disco muestra la capacidad vocal de Sia. Es uno de los mejores discos pop en cuanto aUna de las mejores compositoras de la actualidad, el disco muestra la capacidad vocal de Sia. Es uno de los mejores discos pop en cuanto a desempeno vocal se refiere Expand
  6. Jun 6, 2017
    7
    For me, this doesn’t take reign from We Are Born or 1000 Forms of Fear whereas I thought it would have done; however I wouldn’t say it was aFor me, this doesn’t take reign from We Are Born or 1000 Forms of Fear whereas I thought it would have done; however I wouldn’t say it was a let down or left me disappointed in anyway because as a whole, it’s actually a good album. With this album it was very much “expect the unexpected.” There were a few songs that maybe I could have guessed were written by Sia if they ever did end up in the hands of other artists but there were songs on there also that actually had me second guessing whether it was Sia I was listening to (just because of the style of song, not because of voice. Obviously I did know it was Sia singing, it was just a mere compliment if you didn’t get it). 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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