This Is Acting [Deluxe Edition]

This Is Acting [Deluxe Edition]

by SiaSia

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Reflecting her years as a music industry veteran, Sia Furler took a self-aware, practical approach to her return to the spotlight. She recorded her comeback album, 1000 Forms of Fear, to get out of her publishing contract; its acclaim led to This Is Acting, a collection of songs originally written for -- and rejected by -- clients such as Adele, Rihanna, and Beyoncé. But as the album title hints, there's more going on here than recycling. In a way, Furler is acting when she writes songs to fit the images these artists portray, and her own interpretations of them add another layer of theatrical distance. This isn't necessarily a bad thing -- she initially shopped "Chandelier" to Rihanna and Beyoncé before keeping it for herself and imbuing it with the unique frailty that made it a smash hit. Sia's skill at crafting songs full of drama and vulnerability that feel real, no matter how loud they get, is in full force on This Is Acting, particularly its first two tracks. Originally intended for Adele -- another master of huge-yet-genuine-sounding songs -- "Bird Set Free" and "Alive" are filled with wounded empowerment and vocal acrobatics that sound just as powerful (if less bombastic) coming from Sia. Though she returns to the intimate songwriting of her pre-pop career on "One Million Bullets" -- the lone song Furler wrote for herself -- many of This Is Acting's most interesting and successful moments find Sia taking on more unexpected roles. A pair of songs intended for Rihanna let her show off a more lighthearted side: the spare, reggae-tinged pulse of "Cheap Thrills" echoes Major Lazer's "Lean On" (yet another Rihanna reject), but a backing chorus of what sounds like alien children reinforces that this is a Sia song, while "Reaper" lets her explore a more easygoing version of her seize-the-day anthems. Given that Furler didn't originally plan to make these songs her own originally, it's impressive that This Is Acting works as well as it does -- its meta-pop is another reminder of how cleverly Sia brings her experiments into the mainstream. [This Is Acting was also released with five bonus tracks.]

Product Details

Release Date: 10/21/2016
Label: Rca
UPC: 0889853735822
catalogNumber: 537358
Rank: 16898

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sia   Primary Artist
Greg Kurstin   Bass,Guitar,Piano,Drums,Keyboards,Mellotron
Oliver Kraus   Strings
Samuel Dixon   Piano
Jesse Shatkin   Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Keyboards
Alison Bjorkedal   Harp
Erick Serna   Guitar
Garrett Ray   Drums
Jake Sinclair   Percussion,Piano,Tambourine
T-Minus   Drums,Keyboards
Cameron Deyell   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Christopher Braide   Synthesizer,Bass,Percussion,Piano,Strings,Drums,Electric Guitar
Tobias Jesso   Piano
Josh Valle   Guitar

Technical Credits

Mark Andrews   Composer
Desmond Child   Composer
Tim Kelly   Composer
Greg Kurstin   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Bob Robinson   Composer
Robi Rosa   Composer
Oliver Kraus   Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements
Charles Njapa   Composer
Kanye West   Composer,Producer
88-Keys   Producer
Sia   Executive Producer,Art Direction,Creation
Samuel Dixon   Composer,Vocal Engineer
Sean Paul Henriques   Composer
Sia Furler   Composer
Joseph Longo   Composer
Jack Antonoff   Composer,Producer
Jesse Shatkin   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,drum programming,Vocal Engineer,Bass Programming,Additional Production
Alex Pasco   Engineer
Noah Goldstein   Composer,Producer
James Brown   Engineer
Jake Sinclair   Producer,Additional Production
Adele Adkins   Composer
Sam Dent   Engineer
Marquis Collins   Composer
Stuart White   Vocal Engineer
T-Minus   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Laura Sisk   Engineer
Tyler Williams   Composer
Cameron Deyell   Producer,Vocal Engineer
Kendrick Lamar   Composer
Christopher Braide   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Engineer,Vocal Producer
Rob Suchecki   Vocal Engineer
Nikhil Seetharam   Composer,Additional Production
Anders Froen   Programming,Instrumentation
Julian Burg   Engineer
Jamie Wosk   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Tobias Jesso   Composer
Mood Melodies   Remixing
Alan Walker   Programming,Instrumentation
Jaime Wosk   Engineer
Dom Solo   Producer
Josh Valle   Composer,Additional Production
Dominic Halaapiapi Lopez   Composer

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