This week GrooveVolt gained exclusive access to Sia’s newest project, This is Acting, her seventh studio album set to be released tomorrow on January 29th 2016. The Australian born singer-songwriter (who has penned hits such as Rihanna’s "Diamonds" and Beyonce’s "Pretty Hurts") who notoriously shies away from the spotlight will surprisingly release this album after much speculation that 1000 Forms of Fear would be her last.
When it comes to This is Acting, the title of the album itself reveals it’s history - Sia never wrote nor intended to record and perform any of the songs herself, but rather composed them for other notable pop-divas such as Rihanna and Adele. In fact, Sia told NME last year that "I'm calling it This Is Acting because they are songs I was writing for other people, so I didn't go in thinking, 'This is something I would say'. It's more like play-acting. It's fun.”
Listening to the album proves Sia’s amazing talents as a songwriter; although she lets her powerful, raw, emotionally-charged vocals do the talking, it is unmistakable that certain songs were written for particular artists. Tracks such as ‘Unstoppable’ and catchy ‘Cheap Thrills’ are clearly Rihanna-esque, whereas songs like ‘Bird Set Free’ or ‘Alive’ - actually co-written by Adele and Tobias Jesso Jr - would’ve fit Adele’s newest album ’25’ like a glove.
Despite this, Sia’s wild, versatile vocals prove that she doesn’t need anyone else to do on her behalf what she can so masterfully undertake herself, and there is no doubt that her own recording of the songs will enthrall and exhilarate the fans that have been eagerly awaiting more Sia material since her chart-topping ‘Chandelier’ and ‘Elastic Heart’ in 2014. It seems clear to Groovevolt that the new album will be a commercial success - not only does ‘This is Acting’ manage to supply classic Sia-style ballads such as ‘One Million Bullets’ and ‘Alive’, but it will also satisfy any pop-lover with tracks such as ‘Cheap Thrills’, ‘Footprint’ and ’House on Fire’ and even moves towards EDM with the sexy, rhythmic ’Move Your Body’.