Imagine Dragons
Origins


1.0
awful

Review

by SowingSeason STAFF
November 9th, 2018 | 123 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Step aside Nickelback, there’s a new sheriff in town.

For decades, Nickelback was flat out dominant. You couldn’t turn on an alternative radio station without hearing Chad Kroeger gruffly sing about laughing at photographs. It was awesome. By mixing grunge vocals with lyrics primarily about sex and drinking, they took a couple of very ordinary ideas and managed to turn them into over one hundred songs as well as millions of album sales. Talk about a success story. However, as their legacy has slowly begun to fade into the sunset, a new door has blasted open! Standing proudly in the doorway – capes blowing in the wind – are Imagine Dragons, heroes to a once dying genre and its loyal natty-drinking, bro-saying fandom.

So I know what you must be thinking right now. What makes Imagine Dragons so much better than Bastille and AWOLNATION – two of the other greatest rock bands of our time? It’s a fair question and I don’t have an answer. But what I can tell you is that Imagine Dragons are loyal to their sound, because they have not allowed the critics and naysayers to have the slightest impact on how they conduct their business. If you’ve heard Night Visions, then you’ve heard all of their albums. There’s something to be said for stability during these politically tumultuous times. People need something they can rely on, and Imagine Dragons get that. You can count on the band releasing an album every two years like clockwork, without their fans ever having to worry about pesky things like change.

Origins follows suit, kicking off the epically familiar journey with ‘Natural’, a groovy number that alternates between Dan Reynolds’ brusquely screamed lines of “You’re a natural!” and forceful drumbeats that sound like shovels pounding dirt. It has already landed on the Billboard Hot 100, so you know it is a good song. The other big single is ‘Zero’, which is so upbeat and cheery that it was nabbed by Walt Disney Pictures to help soundtrack Ralph Breaks the Internet, the sequel to 2012’s Wreck-It Ralph. Despite raw, honest lyrics about being an outsider, “Let me show you what it's like to always feel, feel / Like I’m empty and there's nothing really real, real”, Imagine Dragons keep the tempo sprightly and the mood uplifting. It’s a brave song, and one that should absolutely resonate with its target audience.

One of the best things about Imagine Dragons is that they always have a few gems to unearth outside of their smash hits. ‘Cool Out’ feels like their definitive summer jam. ‘Digital’ implements dubstep and electronic elements, but not enough to alter their long-established formula (so rest easy). It’s kind of interesting how the songs deliver exactly what the titles suggest, too; a clever little twist from these guys. ‘Bullet in a Gun’ is a heart-wrenching account of Reynolds’ struggle with fame, where “sellout, sellout, sellout!” is literally sung as a part of the track. There’s real depth to these songs, and Imagine Dragons spare no expense in forcing you to realize it. Take ‘Love’ for example, where Reynolds passionately screams, “I’m not a part of your machine, I am the machine!” It’s chilling, and if it doesn’t raise a few hairs on your neck, then it must be because you’re still vibing to the soulful ‘Bad Liar’ – one of their most melodic downtempo ballads which feels like a mirror reflection of 2012’s ‘Demons.’ They even leave you with some food for thought, as listeners will have the opportunity to chew on lyrical nuggets such as “I'm a man of three fears - integrity, faith, and crocodile tears” until they finally get to the bottom of its meaning.

Origins is an album that seemingly has it all. Any piece that can cover an emotional spectrum ranging from gruff cries all the way to handclaps must have a lot to offer. Their consistency is noteworthy too, as the record is seemingly an amalgamation of everything that they’ve accomplished to this point. Some of the melodies may sound suspiciously familiar, but that’s just a running motif in their music. Having sold twelve million albums and thirty five million singles already, they’re well on their way to the kind of radio dominance enjoyed by the pop-rock icons of yesteryear. What’s to stop their meteoric rise? Step aside Nickelback, there’s a new sheriff in town and his name is Imagine Dragons.



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SowingSeason
Moderator
November 9th 2018


28769 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

I was bored.

Digging: Exit North - Book of Romance and Dust

Dewinged
November 9th 2018


13091 Comments

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I love u Sowing

Digging: Kaelan Mikla - Not Eftir Not

Demon of the Fall
November 9th 2018


9166 Comments


Ok, now a Sowing 1/5, this is definitely awful. I might check this out of curiosity but something tells me this won't be amusingly bad (like the new Muse), just plain terrible.

One little thing, are Bastille really worthy of lumping in with these guys, I always thought they were acceptable (albeit bland) judging by their singles?

Digging: Skee Mask - Compro

Dewinged
November 9th 2018


13091 Comments

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Demon this makes Muse be AOTY

PatternsInTheIvy
November 9th 2018


192 Comments

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Imagine Dragons is a million times worse than Nickelback ever were

Dewinged
November 9th 2018


13091 Comments

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Nickelback AOTY

Demon of the Fall
November 9th 2018


9166 Comments


I'll check this next week & probably end up raising my Muse rating then, haha

Dewinged
November 9th 2018


13091 Comments

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Muse 2 ID 1

SowingSeason
Moderator
November 9th 2018


28769 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Night Visions was a decent/average debut

Since then these guys have been awful

BlackwaterPork
November 9th 2018


4382 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Agreed

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Dewinged
November 9th 2018


13091 Comments

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These guys are everything that's wrong with music nowadays

Demon of the Fall
November 9th 2018


9166 Comments


By the way guys, you know what's been overlooked this year?... the latest 'The 1975' release. The singles were horrendously bad & the front-man sounds like a self-important pretentious douche with no self-awareness whatsoever. Highly recommended if you like bad music.

Dewinged
November 9th 2018


13091 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

Oh dude I heard like one track, didnt even rate it. You gotta draw the line somewhere

SowingSeason
Moderator
November 9th 2018


28769 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

I liked the last 1975 album a lot so lol

But yeah between this and Muse, and then Mumford & Sons next week, it's a wild end to 2018

Dewinged
November 9th 2018


13091 Comments

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Why I'm not surprised lol, but yeah, we going down with a bang this year

Demon of the Fall
November 9th 2018


9166 Comments


Is it the one with that annoying repetitive synth thingy that repeats through almost the ENTIRE song? Talk about incompetent song-writing & it sounded terrible anyway.

TundraL5Z
November 9th 2018


2049 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Who 1.5'd >:[

ProjectFreak
November 9th 2018


3201 Comments


a bold sequel to rudy's "All Things Bright and Beautiful" review

Evrimen
November 9th 2018


133 Comments


Would be amazing if this ended up with an average of 1.0

RadioheadIsOverrated
November 9th 2018


477 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I'm listening to this thing right now, making the difficult choice between a 1 and a 1.5, seeing as how nothing on here is as painful as Thunder , but I'm not sure if that should warrant me overrating it?



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