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Rachel Platten 10/27/2017

Review

"Fight Song" made Rachel Platten's career but its omnipresence in 2016 -- it was everywhere, playing starring roles in ads for Ford and Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign -- put the singer/songwriter in an inspirational box. Platten attempts to break out of such well-meaning constrictions on Waves, a glitzy, stylized attempt to please every conceivable modern pop audience. While "Fight Song" echoes through Waves -- it's heard within the theme of the aspirational anthem "Broken Glass" and in the melody of "Loose Ends" -- Platten is intent on proving that she's not just a winsome singer/songwriter. She'll deliver a stately ballad when she needs to -- the austere "Hands" and the solemn closer "Grace" -- but spends more time ratcheting up EDM rhythms and sliding into neon-streaked club tunes. The emphasis on the latter -- the album opens up with the de facto Madonna tribute "Perfect for You" and peaks with "Shivers," a dead ringer for Ellie Goulding -- winds up illustrating how Platten is a malleable vocal presence, adaptable to many different styles without quite imprinting the sounds with her own personality. That's not really a detriment, as such producers as Ryan Tedder and Stargate put her inherent flexibility to good use. Everybody involved is determined to give the album a steely, professional sheen and they succeed, turning Waves into a record that provides a definitive break from "Fight Song." ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Perfect for You Rachel Platten 3:34
  3. 2 Whole Heart Rachel Platten 3:9
  4. 3 Collide Rachel Platten 3:24
  5. 4 Keep Up Rachel Platten 3:34
  6. 5 Broken Glass Rachel Platten 2:58
  7. 6 Shivers Rachel Platten 2:52
  8. 7 Loose Ends Rachel Platten 3:29
  9. 8 Labels Rachel Platten 2:58
  10. 9 Loveback Rachel Platten 3:20
  11. 10 Hands Rachel Platten 3:53
  12. 11 Fooling You Rachel Platten 3:46
  13. 12 Good Life Rachel Platten 3:43
  14. 13 Grace Rachel Platten 4:6

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