Rachel Platten – Wildfire

I’m always so complacent, I never change the station.

1. 1. 16

Rachel Platten seemed to take the radio by storm in 2015 with her single, Fight Song. On the first day of the new year, Platten released her third full-length, Wildfire. After doing a little research, I was very surprised to find that her debut, Trust In Me, was released all the way back in 2003. There was an eight year gap between her freshman and sophomore release, which was released in 2011, then comparatively a quick five year turnaround with the release of Wildfire. I do not listen to the radio much, and Platten seems to carry a very radio-friendly sound. I like Pop music, but Pop which contains depth instrumentally, vocally, and lyrically. Instrumentally, I am glad she mixes it up a bit, yet the record still feels a bit incohesive. Part of the reason for that is because even with the diversity, Platten does not seem capable of creating a compelling sound through most of these different avenues. The main standout song is Cinderella. In this song, you can feel the emotion of the instruments, her voice, and the lyrics fused together into one tight, memorable track. I also did not mind You Don’t Know My Heart or Angels In Chelsea. For the rest of the album, vocally, this is a very safe record where Platten takes a very little amount of risks, meaning unless you are in love with her voice, you will not be in love with what she does with it. Finally, lyrically I found little to hold onto. Maybe I am simply not a part of the kind of audience she is targeting, but I will most likely not go back this year and intentionally re-listen to this album.

Favorite Songs: Congratulations, You Don’t Know My Heart
Top 10 Potential: No
Album Cover: 4/10

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What are your thoughts on the album? Love it? Hate it? Indifferent? I’d love to hear what you are thinking. Was there another album released this Friday you want to recommend to myself and others to listen to? Feel free to post any thoughts or recommendations below!

Other Notable Releases: None—the reason I reviewed this.


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