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Sia - Unstoppable (- Live From The Nostalgic For The Present Tour)

MTV's Emilee Lindner said it "encourages those who are feeling weak to put their armor on". Furthermore, she wrote, "The song seems like it's taking the message from her previously released track, 'Alive', and giving it a boost. Instead of just surviving, she's going to prove to people that she's going to succeed, and she's going to look good doing it."[9] Daniel Kreps of Rolling Stone called the song "triumphant", with a "fist-pumping, wall-smashing" chorus.[17] Stereogum's Tom Breiham, who wrote about the song after its debut but before This Is Acting's release, guessed that Sia wrote "Unstoppable" with a recording artist like Katy Perry in mind. He compared the song to the work of Florence and the Machine.[7]

Sia - Unstoppable (- Live from the Nostalgic For The Present Tour)


The Nostalgic for the Present Tour was the fifth concert tour by Australian recording artist Sia.[1] The 23-date North American leg of the tour, which featured opening acts Miguel and AlunaGeorge, began at Seattle, Washington's KeyArena on 29 September 2016 and concluded on 6 November 2016 at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas.[2][3] Maddie Ziegler toured with Sia, together with several other onstage dancers,[4][5] executing Ryan Heffington's choreography on the stage, while Sia sang at the rear of the stage with her face covered by her familiar wig.[6][7] The tour received positive reviews from critics.[8]

Sia toured in North America and Europe in 2010,[11] and in Australia and North America in 2011, to promote her album We Are Born.[12] She then turned to songwriting, retiring from performing for several years.[13][14] In 2014, she released the album 1000 Forms of Fear, which, together with its singles and videos like "Chandelier" that featured Maddie Ziegler,[15] achieved considerable success, gaining Sia wider public notice.[16] When Sia performed at various award ceremonies, television shows and other events to promote the album, she wore a wig covering part of her face in an effort to retain some privacy and control over her image.[17]

Sia began her 75-minute set at the center of the stage, which was otherwise empty except for a white square in the middle. She dressed all in white, wearing her signature black and blonde wig that covers the upper half of her face, topped by a giant white bow, and her signature bold red lipstick. Her giant ruffled skirt was revealed to be a huddled group of dancers from whom Ziegler emerged to dance the first number, "Alive".[28] Sia then moved to a rear corner of the stage for the rest of her set and did not speak, except for acknowledging applause. There were giant video screens on each side of the stage displaying a prerecorded, choreographed vignette for each song that was closely duplicated by the dancer(s) on stage.[29][30] The videos included cameos by comic Tig Notaro in the song "Diamonds" and actors Paul Dano in "Bird Set Free", Kristen Wiig in "One Million Bullets", Gaby Hoffmann in "Unstoppable" and Ben Mendelsohn in "Breathe Me",[27] each "paired with the dancers onstage to create memorable pieces of performance art."[31]

At the last concert of the first leg of the tour, Alejandra Ramirez of The Austin Chronicle judged that Sia's performances was "one of the most innovative" at the Frank Erwin Center, and that her lack of movement and avoidance of the usual "pop-glitz vanity show ... magnified her sheer vocal power, ricocheting from gasping-for-air croons on 'Elastic Heart', soaring rasped shrieks in 'Chandelier', and slip-sliding cadences for 'The Greatest'. ... [S]he's running circles around a sexist, ageist industry. Sia's crushing the cookie-cutter stereotypes of what a pop star should be."[36] 041b061a72


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