Imagine Dragons, "Origins" (Interscope / KIDinaKORNER)
Did you imagine that the dragon would ever sleep? Not obvious.
Less than a year and a half after the release of the album "Evolve" double platinum album and a 100-day trip with a global song group, the group will return with a dozen new songs. Whew
Origin is supposed to be the nurse accompanying last year's Evolve monster, and this is an intriguing follow-up offering more texture and sound experiments. When the Origins group became an arena powerhouse, Origins is their exciting little sister, making her cool in the bedroom.
Do not let the first one, "natural", you're a fool. The seemingly ballistic, fissure-braving slice seems to refer to Origins more than this, but they go to other areas like the blisted-out summer jam "Cool Out" that might be on the DNCE's album and a wonderful anarchic, alarming " Digital "who plays with dub step and cut himself into pieces.
The album shows Dragons returning again with producers Alex da Kid and Mattman & Robin – the folks who have delivered some of the group's biggest hits – but there is nothing more for them.
"Bullet in Gun" is fresh with unpredictable electronic flourishes, and the club's "Only" is an interesting temp transition and unexpected layered parts, as if Dragon is currently struggling with a monotony. "West Coast" is essentially a folk song that could sit happily in the Lumineers album – how is it foreseeable?
The lyric "Origins" takes on today's alienation and the inability to relate to its fame. Dan Reynolds's "Zero" singer reminds everyone that he once said empty and unreal. For a calm "Bullet in Gun," he sadly points out: "In order to create a name, you pay a price" and later, the words "sell, sell, sell!" are heard.
Dragon also explores the non-humanizing digital world, as in their "Love" petition, where Reynolds notes that all the shocking news sounds: "We're putting our headphones on." He says elsewhere: "I'm not part of your machine / I'm a car."
The new album extends the band's flirtation with Charles Darwin – his name is "On the Origin of Species" and comes directly from Evolve. In some ways, words have to be changed back: "Origin" shows that their sound really evolves.
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