ALBUM REVIEW: Rachel Platten – Wildfire

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Rachel Platten is one of the industry’s most underrated newcomers. Her mainstream debut is the perfect balance of sass and emotion that showcases her strong songwriting abilities. The musical direction on “Wildfire” is reminiscent of Carly Rae Jepsen with a clean pop vocal delivery and well curated hooks that will easily get stuck in your head. “Fight Song” was over hyped and I was a bit unsure at first but then I heard the euphoric and inspirational “Stand By You” and she had me hooked from there. The rest of the album follows this lead with feel-good adult contemporary pop tracks that are made for massive singalongs and allow some much needed dancing to happen. “Hey Hey Hallelujah”, “Lone Ranger” and “Astronauts” provide the boppy, synth filled moments that will ignite the sassy dancing inside of you. “Speechless” is one of my favourite moments on the album as it perfectly captures that euphoric feeling and gives you passionate lyrics about falling for someone. “Better Place”, “Beating Me Up”, “Congratulations” and “Superhero” will also pull on your heart strings and create a little tingling feeling inside of you with their strong hooks. “Angels In Chelsea” is a bit anti-climatic and should have been stripped down but instead the song gets lost in the production. As a body of work “Wildfire” is a strong mainstream debut for Rachel Platten that has the right amount of honesty and playfulness. A really good beginning for 2016.

 

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