When it comes to singing, there isn’t one person in Seattle who has taken over the market. There is plenty of rappers and singers, but lacking in terms of who’s cornering it. This is where Dice comes in to shine. For the last few years, she’s been working on her sound with little projects here and there. However, nothing as major as Reflections In Broken Glass. This is the end result of perfecting your craft and applying it to your album.
Reflections In Broken Glass is the epitome of a multi-faceted and eclectic life that Dice has lived thus far. Her heart is projected into these records whether they be about love (or heartbreak) or just celebrating life. This is what the title represents; broken glass pieces are all the different areas of her life and when looked into them they make up Dice.
As mentioned, part of RIBG is her life. On “Limit,” Dice takes away from singing to calmly rap about reaching her breaking point in life about damn near anything. The Good Sin makes a memorable guest appearance, but it’s Dice’s realism embedded in the third verse that paints a vivid picture. Then there’s the intriguing concept of the Vitamin D-produced “Flat Tire.” Comparing expired oil and “headlights out in the night” to that of a terrible boyfriend who needs to be changed like a flat tire is great. One of the best lines: “My mechanic knows my ins and outs/ but if his hands are on another engine I’ll find out.”
Aside from the personal feel, the album possess’ some fun elements. “Celebration” is your standard party-type record that doesn’t do anything besides make you feel good. The mellow Rich & Thad-produced “Dollars & Sense” is a decent play-on words, a tepid record at best and motivation for the hustler in all of us to an extent. Motivation also plays more of a universal role in “Best Is Yet To Come” and the early morning wake-up call “Evolution.” The latter asks a question of why do we talk about issues a lot but take no action to change them?
The bottom line is that Dice’s Reflections In Broken Glass is an extraordinary album. There’s only one reason why the skip button would be used and that comes with favoritism to certain songs, not skipping because of a weak song. With different ranges and sounds, this project brings a great level of cohesiveness to a scene that is slowly on the rise.