Imagine Dragons
Imagine Dragons


3.5
great

Review

by Pangea USER (7 Reviews)
August 3rd, 2015 | 8 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Imagine Dragons' first acknowledged ep is a catchy release that shows their mainstream potential.

Imagine Dragons’ self-titled debut ep was released long before the band would achieve mainstream success. It did, however, showcase their mainstream potential. Highlight “Curse” is a prime example of this, armed with a chorus so catchy, and with well-placed “Oh’s,’’ that you probably can’t get it out of your head for the rest of the day. Combining that with great instrumentation, including a cool bass line, and you have yourself a truly fantastic rock song. But that song isn’t the only catchy track on this album with hit potential. Songs like “I need a Minute” and “Uptight ” too are catchy in their own right, although they don’t work as well as “Curse”. The chorus of the latter especially is a bit lacking: Imagine Dragons don’t fulfill the slight rough edge of the song that well, and the desperate pleading “go” from frontman Dan Reynolds doesn’t work well with the rest of the chorus. Another track that doesn’t quite work is “Cover Up”. It has average verses and the “Oh’s” are, unlike the “Oh’s” in “Curse”, more irritating than an invitation to sing along.

Imagine Dragons isn’t all just energy and catchy choruses though. Closer “Drive” shows a more melodic and laid-back side of Imagine Dragons, and does that exceptionally well. It’s a calming song with a cool guitar solo at the end, while still remaining quite catchy. This ep in general is clearly more guitar-oriented than their stuff after their breakthrough. Not saying that there are no guitars in their songs anymore, but on here they are more prominent. Guitarist Daniel Wayne Sermon has the limelight on several occasions and makes full use of his chance to shine, particularly in the guitar solo during the bridge of “Uptight’’. With that said, “Drive” is really the only moment that the energy and catchiness isn’t the main point on the ep. Imagine Dragons thrives on energy and catchy choruses, and Imagine Dragons handles it damn well: every track on here is catchy and infectious as hell. Imagine Dragons isn't a special ep but ti doesn't have to be when it's so damn fun. A ep that’s just fun can definitely be amazing, unfortunately is Imagine Dragons not consistent enough for that, although it still works as a fun and exciting listen.



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Pangea
August 3rd 2015


6775 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this is gonna be a little series where i'm gonna review the ep's before their first albums. mainly because i want to shed some positivity on imagine dragons. because even though their recent stuff sucks the first ep's we're actually really great.



anyway a huge thank you to ComeToDaddy for proofreading this



Curse: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O548u-PIs6k

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ComeToDaddy
August 3rd 2015


1828 Comments


"Ultimately is Imagine Dragons not that special ep, sure it’s fun, but it doesn’t do that much besides that. That, though, doesn’t have to be a huge problem, "
You've added this since my proofread, and it needs a little cleaning, sentence structure is off. Try "Imagine Dragons isn't a special ep, but it doesn't have to be when it's so damn fun" or something simple like that. There's also a little typo where you wrote "exceptional" instead of "exceptionally", which is less of a big deal.

Sweet work cleaning it up man, never been a fan of these guys so I wont check the EP out but it reads a lot more smoothly now. Pos'd

LotusFlower
August 3rd 2015


12000 Comments


These guy's EPs were really good! It's a shame they went to shit after their album

Pangea
August 4th 2015


6775 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@ComeToDaddy thanks will fix those later today. Have you ever heard some of their some older stuff? It's actually a lot better than what they put up now. but If you don't like their style of music than you definitely not check this



@Cl0ver agree

ComeToDaddy
August 4th 2015


1828 Comments


No problem bud. Nah I've only heard their newer stuff, but the old stuff is that much better then I'll give a song or two a spin and see what I think.

dmp3131
August 4th 2015


1361 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Their EPs were great, cool to see them getting reviews!

Pangea
August 4th 2015


6775 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Agree. Such a shame that they lost it

CreizVoteReal
October 4th 2018


12 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Curse is a really good song imo



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