By Estefania Torres | Staff Writer |
Once again Sia got into our brains and wrote an entire album based on the thoughts that wander our minds.
Sia’s seventh studio album, “This is Acting,” was set for release on Jan. 29, but was leaked 5 days prior.
A black back drop and Sia wearing her all white wig, now in black and white, is the album cover of the 40-year-old Australian artist.
Before listening to any of her new songs, this album cover gave me a strong feeling she might have something different for her audience and I was relieved.
I’ve never been a fan of Sia so I was nervous about listening through 46 minutes of her singing, but I was pleasantly surprised.
Sia is best known for working and writing songs for mainstream artists like Katy Perry, Beyonce and Rihanna, to name a few.
She is also known for her wide range in vocals that she exercised in her first single titled “Alive,” and that’s how you feel after hearing this track.
“Alive,” written by Sia, Adele and Tobias Jesso Jr., was originally for Adele’s album “25,” according to Radio TV Sovenija, but Sia knew she was meant to sing.
It begins with a solo of a soft piano playing, but quickly changes to the sounds of an electric guitar overlapping the piano.
“I was born in a thunderstorm/ I grew up overnight/ I played alone/ I played on my own/ and I survived,” are the beginning lyrics and it definitely set the tone for the rest of the song and the rest of the empowering album.
This track talks about how despite all the hardships that she has been through, she has managed to survive.
With a catchy beat that will have your head bouncing, Sia keeps us on her emotional rollercoaster with her second song off the album “Unstoppable.”
“Unstoppable” is similar to the single “Alive” because it sets a vibe that makes the listener feel empowered.
“I’m unstoppable/ I’m a Porche with no breaks/ I’m invincible/ Yeah, I win every single game/ I’m so powerful/ I don’t need no batteries to play/ I’m so confident, yeah, I’m unstoppable today,” make up the chorus of this single.
In this song, Sia makes it easy for her audience to see what they can expect in this 14 track record.
Most of the tracks on this album talk about hardships and overcoming them in a way that makes the listener feel good and CSUSB students agreed.
“I really like her as an artist because her music is usually always uplifting and motivational. She’s just different from other artists,” said student Cynthia Rojas
This album seemed like the perfect anthem for the person with a broken heart.
Not only was the beat addicting but the lyrics made me feel empowered.
I was skeptical of Sia and her new album, but after playing her first song on “This is Acting,” I was mesmerized by her captivating and addicting lyrics.
I wasn’t so much of a Sia fan before, but after listening to this album I understand why she has become the successful go-to singer/songwriter.