Waves by Rachel Platten

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Label: Columbia
If there’s a hear-me-roar sequel to her global top ten “Fight Song” on the Massachusetts-bred pop thrush’s second big-league album, it’s clearly self-actualizing if hiccuping lead single “Broken Glass,” where she smashes a glass ceiling while calling herself a survivor and, yep, fighter. Meanwhile “Loose Ends” (which she rhymes with “lose friends”) says Band-Aids can’t fix broken hearts; the immediately subsequent “Labels” suggests Krazy Glue can. But amid all sorts of gimmicky studio-stutter doo-dads from Norway’s Stargate, Australia’s Jarrad Rogers and OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder, Patten sounds most sincere thanking her mom in “Hands” and acknowledging her good luck in “Good Life” — the latter during a 25-second monologue that also mentions molecules and sand castles.

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