Who Should Buy This: Pop/rock fans, 80’s kids, people who like hard beats, and those who appreciate sonic creativity.
Artist: Imagine Dragons
Genre: alternative, pop, rock
Music Rating: 10/10
Lyrics Rating: 8/10
Sounds Like: OneRepublic, The Script, X Ambassadors
Best thing About this Album: The creativity and innovation in music composition.
One thing I wish was different: Because of the constant innovation, it’s easy to feel like the album lacks cohesion at times.
Website: Imagine Dragons
My Favorites: Whatever It Takes, Believer, Rise Up, Yesterday
The highly anticipated third LP from Imagine Dragons is finally here to continue the musical narrative of struggle, suffering, victory, and celebration! The musical production is incredibly creative and complex — which will be no surprise to anyone who’s followed their work over the years.
One thing that did surprise me, however, was the wide range of musical stylings dipped into. This album offers modern electronic pop, late 90’s alternative influence, classic 80’s beats, overt Springsteen nods, 60’s rock, world music vibes, and even some sounds that seem brand new in application. Whether or not you love every song on this album, you’re almost guaranteed to find something that you like on this album with such a broad range of well-written artistic explorations.
Here are some of my favorite lines from each track to give you a better sample of the whole album lyrically. Give it your eyes. Give it your ears. You might even give it your heart.
“We’re living in our lie and trust.” — I Don’t Know Why
“I’m an apostrophe. I’m just a symbol to remind you that there’s more to see.” — Whatever It Takes
“Pain! You made me a, you made me a believer.” — Believer
“It’s the price we pay when it comes to love, and we’ll take what comes.” — Walking the Wire
“I would always open up the door. Always looking up for higher floors.” — Rise Up
“I took your heart, took your hand, promised you all that I had.” — I’ll Make It Up To You
“Here’s to my future. Here’s to my yesterday.” — Yesterday
“With the hands of a sinner on the mouth of the river.” — Mouth of the River
“I was lightning before the thunder.” — Thunder
“Silence screaming over your words.” — Start Over
“Baby, I’ll be dancing in the dark.” — Dancing in the Dark
That’s it. If you loved these songs as much as I did, please consider supporting Imagine Dragons by purchasing the album from their website or on your favorite digital music store (iTunes, Apple Music, Google Play, Amazon, etc.)
And holler at me in the comments! I’d love to talk to you all about this album.