Sia's 'This Is Acting' deluxe edition songs, graded
On a scale of 1 to 5 Sia wigs
Sia’s currently hitting the road on her Nostalgic for the Present tour, but she just released a deluxe edition of 2016’s This Is Acting featuring seven additional tracks—including her new single, “The Greatest.” Below, for the new issue of EW, we graded the new tunes on a scale of one to five Sia wigs.
“The Greatest” feat. Kendrick Lamar
Platitudes about overcoming adversity? Dramatic metaphors about climbing mountains? Yup, it’s a Sia banger, all right—but on this breezy collaboration with the Compton MC, released as a single last month, she makes the clichés feel genuinely inspiring.
“The Greatest” (without Kendrick Lamar)
The rapper usually elevates everything he touches with his jaw-dropping guest verses, but it speaks to Sia’s songwriting that this version of the song is no less impactful without Lamar’s bars.
“Cheap Thrills” feat. Sean Paul
Nobody does a sad-girl party anthem like Sia, who takes a frivolous tale of a night out and adds a dose of melancholy that even Sean Paul can’t shake on this remix, released in February.
Sia takes the high road as she ditches a philandering lover who doesn’t bother to hide the lipstick on his collar—and the resulting power ballad is as cathartic as any revenge fantasy.
Sia’s anxiety is palpable on this piano-driven cut about reconnecting with an ex she knows she should avoid. It just might be the most depressing booty call in pop music.
“Move Your Body” (Alan Walker Remix)
One of This Is Acting’s weaker tracks gets a thudding EDM makeover—way more effective at getting you to do what the title commands.
With haunting strings and a run time of nearly six minutes, this Sia outlier sounds like a castaway from a film soundtrack. That’s Hollywood’s loss—her IMAX-size voice here deserves to fill theaters.