Track Review – Cheap Thrills / Sia

Sia’s faceless comeback has resulted in some of the best chart-topping pop around. ‘Chandelier’ and ‘Alive’, both lead singles from 1000 Forms Of Fear and This Is Acting, let Sia’s vocals fly and had relatable too. ‘Cheap Thrills’, now the fourth promotional single from Sia’s upcoming album is a twist on her tried-and-tested formula to incorporate a more eccentric tropical house synthetic drum pattern with a the cheerleader chant of ‘I love cheap thrills’. Like a lot of the songs on This Is Acting, ‘Cheap Thrills’ was a rejected song meant for Rihanna, which explains a lot of the island instrumentals and melodic outro, but the lyrics are where the rejection makes sense.

Rihanna made news with her ‘Bitch Better Have My Money’ video and song, but the catchy hook on ‘Cheap Thrills’ is ‘I don’t need dollar bills to have fun tonight’. It wouldn’t have worked in Rihanna’s grand Anti scheme, where she’s going to take the money and have fun, but Sia is happy just to dance it out. You might think that the different instrumental style, which is very different from the trap/glossy pop of her biggest hit so far, ‘Chandelier’, but it changes up what have been some very formulaic singles since ‘Alive’ was good enough just to let Sia bellow her vocals out. ‘Cheap Thrills’ is a decent, if only slightly more quirky, pop song.