Imagine Dragons are not a one-trick pony.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for months, you’ve certainly heard Imagine Dragons’ breakout single, “It’s Time”. It’s a cool song, from the highly infectious mandolin strains to the clap-along-at-home drumbeat. It always kinda reminded me of The Killers — and the lead singer’s voice even sounds a bit like The Killers’ Brandon Flowers, if he were yelling. Turns out both bands are from Las Vegas, too, so that’s cool.

“It’s Time” sounds like a typical modern rock-esque song you’d hear on the radio, catchy and repetitive, bright and uptempo, etc. But more recently I came across another Imagine Dragons song that’s not so familiar-sounding. It’s called “Radioactive”, and it is wicked. Nevermind that the little intro sounds oddly like Coldplay — just wait until the beat drops 28 seconds in.

This is such a genre shift from “It’s Time”, but I love it. “Radioactive” encapsulates a sort of spiritual rebirth in the allegory of waking up in a post-apocalyptic world, all done in a style that’s closer to trip-hop.

Anyways, the point is Imagine Dragons can make music that sounds like The Killers’ “Mr. Brightside” or like AWOLNATION’s “Sail”, with a lot of stuff in between. If you’re into that sort of thing, I’d definitely recommend checking out their full-length album, Night Visions.


~ by Marcus on 01/09/2013.

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