New Sia Single Review: “Alive”

Sia fully delivers expectations on her new single, “Alive.” At heart, Sia became famous by combining formidable pop songwriting with powerhouse vocals driven by raw emotion. Fans who can still hear Sia swinging from a chandelier will not be disappointed when Sia’s pitch-perfect voice cracks from the sheer intensity of her emotional high notes. Jon Blistein, of the Rolling Stone, described Sia’s vocals as “devastating, electrifying.”

If “Alive” sounds like something that should be on Adele’s upcoming album, that’s because it almost was. Adele has a co-writing credit on the song, along with Sia and Tobias Jesso Jr. Luckily, Rihanna also rejected the song. Nothing against Rihanna, of course, but this song fits Sia like a glove.

Listen here, and then tell me you aren’t excited for the rest of Sia’s upcoming album, This is Acting.

Then, take a second to think about what Adele is brewing up, if this didn’t even make it onto her album.



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Peter Daines is a law student at Georgetown University Law Center. His interests include studying foreign languages, watching and predicting events in politics and the music industry, and searching fruitlessly for the meaning of life.

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