Ever since Australia-born musician Sia became popular in the music industry, she has been shrouded in a veil of mystery. Usually this veil is a creatively crafted wig to hide her identity, but it’s a veil nonetheless.
At first, I was hesitant to listen to Sia’s latest album, “This is Acting” (2016), but gave the artist a chance to impress me. Sia is not known as being a “chart topper” or “vocal superstar,” but does have enough mystery to reel people in.
Her voice resembles her persona — quirky, unique and mysterious. As I listened to the album, I was impressed by the various moods and tones Sia evoked through her voice alone. For example, her song “Sweet Design” is club worthy, practically inviting the listener to dance to the broken beats and rapid lyrics. Contrarily, songs like “Broken Glass” and “Space Between” bring her album down to a more serious level.
“This is Acting” is a conglomeration of songs intended for other artists. For example, her song “Alive” was co-written by Adele and Tobias Jesso Jr. and originally intended for Adele’s latest album, “25″ (2015). In an interview with Beat 1’s Zane Lowe, Sia revealed that several songs on her album were originally meant for artists like Rihanna and Beyoncé.
“Alive” was originally meant for Adele, but Sia made the song her own. Using her own raw emotion, the song reflected her own struggle in the music industry. The flaw here, however, is a marked sense of unoriginality. She has come a long way, but she still has a ways to go.
Sia shows us that music is more than a face or appearance, it’s the soul and attachment to what is being produced. “This is Acting” shows off the singer’s vocal talents and reveals to us the artist behind the wigs.
Cody Melin is a junior broadcast fusion media major. This review reflects the views of the author only.