“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.”