Saturday, January 9, 2016

Album Review: Rachel Platten - Wildfire

"I miss my home / But there's a fire burning in my bones," horrifically cliche'd and creatively drained lyrics like this are just one of the horcruxes for an album plagued by lifeless and unidentifiable singer-songwriter pop.

Platten's songwriting style can be broken down into two parts: forced rhymes and disconnected imagery; the latter mystically leading people to the belief that Platten is somehow an original and half-decent lyricist. She shamelessly indulges in overdone lines and ideas: "I'm a lion, I'm a tiger / I'm a caged-bird, I'm on fire." Make no mistake, just because this 34-year-old writes her own songs doesn't mean she has a sliver of the maturity, wisdom and sensibility as any 16-year-old slam poet in the country.

Over-produced, bland pop productions try but fail to hide the faults of the lyricism. Each song stuffs as many elements of 2015 Adult Contemporary and Top 40 Mainstream production as possible; from fluttering synths in "Angels in Chelsea" to the bombastic drums that can be found in almost every single track, there's nothing redeemable on the album that one couldn't find in a ten second snippet of any Sia song. Even worse, the album offers the 47th rip-off of Sara Bareilles' "Brave" that we've heard since it's 2013 release: "Stand By You."

"Fight Song" may have been a guilty pleasure with it's easily memorizable lyrics and melody, but you're better off staying as far away from this album and likely anything else Platten has to offer in the future.

Overall: 1.8/10