by Rachel PlattenRachel Platten




Rachel Platten's story isn't atypical. After more than a decade toiling away in the trenches of mainstream pop, she finally had her planets align in 2015 and had "Fight Song" -- an inspirational slice of AAA affirmation-pop in the tradition of Sara Bareilles' "Brave" and Katy Perry's "Roar" -- turn into a genuine phenomenon, the result of good timing and hard work. Other stars of the 2010s followed a similar trajectory, including Perry herself, but in Platten's case, it's hard not to focus on the craft behind her 2016 major-label debut, Wildfire. By bouncing between Kelly Clarkson power ballads and Taylor Swift in electrified Max Martin mode, Platten illustrates her diversity but her heart lies in the middle of the road. "Fight Song" indicated as much but Platten doubles down on its melodrama by opening the album with "Stand by You," another dose of inspiration cut from the "Brave"/"Roar" cloth, and much of Wildfire follows this blueprint, whether she's empathizing with the homeless on "Angels in Chelsea" or pondering the vast reaches of the cosmos. She lightens the load on occasion -- notably on "Hey Hey Hallelujah," a not-bad piece of frothy dance-pop -- but Wildfire is the work of a determined singer/songwriter who prizes craft over poetry or introspection. Platten specializes in skyscraping melodies and big, bombastic surfaces and these are the elements that not only fuel Wildfire, they distinguish it from the singer/songwriter's clear antecedents.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/01/2016
Label: Sony
UPC: 0888751875326
catalogNumber: 518753

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rachel Platten   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Vocals,fender rhodes
Donald Hayes   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Brian West   Synthesizer,Guitar,Voices,Moog Synthesizer
Jon Levine   Organ,Bass,Guitar,Piano,Strings,Keyboards,fender rhodes,Hammond B3
David Loucks   Choir, Chorus
Andy Grammer   Baritone Saxophone
Anthony Evans   Choir, Chorus
Aaron Sterling   Guitar,Drums
Ravaughn Brown   Choir, Chorus
Marc Rogers   Bass
Missi Hale   Choir, Chorus
Kamari Copeland   Choir, Chorus
Tim Davis   Choir, Chorus
Cameron Johnson   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Lemar Guillary   Trombone
Simon Huber   Cello
Nash Overstreet   Percussion,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Maxwell Roach   Drums
Dash Hutton   Drums
Luke Edgemon   Choir, Chorus
Emily Benford   Choir, Chorus
Evan "Kidd" Bogart   Background Vocals
Jon Sosin   Guitar,Ukeke
Andrew Wells   Guitar
Sonia Rao   Violin
Jacob Sceney   Baritone Saxophone
Donnie Anderson   Background Vocals
Aubrey Cleland   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Scott Jacoby   Composer
Maureen McDonald   Composer
Joy Williams   Composer
Brian West   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Loop
Robert Hawkins   Composer
Bonnie Baker   Composer
Jon Levine   Composer,Programming,Producer,drum programming
Dave Bassett   Composer
Emanuel Kiriakou   Composer
Andy Grammer   Composer
Lindy Robbins   Composer
Chris DeStefano   Composer
Jack Antonoff   Composer
Zukhan Bey   Composer
Matt Morris   Composer
Rachel Platten   Composer
Scott Elgin   Engineer
Sally Seltmann   Composer
Rune Westberg   Composer
Daniel Piscina   Engineer
Ben Singer   Executive Producer
Nash Overstreet   Composer
Nolan Lambroza   Composer
Evan "Kidd" Bogart   Composer
Caroline Ailin   Composer
Dave Bett   Art Direction

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