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‘Broken Glass’: Rachel Platten Returns With An Unexpected, Empowering Dance Throb!

I feel it changing/ I can taste it/ I’m on the wave and I won’t waste it/ I have been patient/ But I’m not waiting anymore,” she declares…

And so begins the next chapter for Rachel Platten, 2015’s breakout star whose debut single “Fight Song” became a colossal commercial and inspirational success — peaking at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and selling 2.5 million copies. It was basically the theme song for 2015.

It’s been a year and a half since the 36-year-old singer-songwriter dropped her album Wildfire, so now, it’s time to begin anew – and “Broken Glass” is our first taste of what’s to come from her second major-label album. Co-written alongside Jarrad Rogers and Nate Cyphert, and produced by powerhouse Norwegian production team Stargate, “Broken Glass” marks a sonic shift from Rachel‘s usual shtick, and also serves as one of her finest songs to date.

Boldly charging into mainstream trend-hopping territory, Rachel lays her signature soaring chops atop a pulsating, shimmering dance beat that carries on the island-lite sound that’s dominated the singles charts over the last year.

Yet while the beat is thoroughly Top 40, the base is still very much Rachel with just a little Sia influence, featuring empowering lyrics (“I’m gonna dance on broken glass/ On broken glass/ And I’m gonna make that ceiling crash/ That ceiling crash“) and the singer’s signature stomp-chanting. The result? An undeniably infectious earworm that could very well redefine Rachel if she plays her cards right. What do you guys think?

“What I’ve learned in life is this: even in the hardest of times, there is light. ‘Broken Glass’ is my rallying cry of release, healing, excitement, hope, and joy,” Rachel told Refinery29. “It’s a celebration of the power of women — of our unity, strength, and fierceness, and of just how freaking awesome we are. We are badass on our own, but we’re unstoppable when we come together.”

“Broken Glass” by Rachel Platten is also available on Apple Music and Spotify!

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2 comments

  1. Love Rachel and excited to see where this chapter takes her!

  2. Love this single!

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