Imagine Dragons – Night Visions
SURELY everybody has heard the song Radioactive by now? Not the one by Rita Ora, I’m talking about the biggest alternative rock hit of the year released by Imagine Dragons, which has been used in many adverts, the most well-known being for video game Assassins Creed III. And if you took a shine to Radioactive, you will simply love their album Night Visions.
Imagine Dragons are an American rock band, originating from Las Vegas. Members include Dan Reynolds (vocals, percussion), Ben McKee (bass, backing vocals), Wayne “Wing” Sermon (guitar, cello, backing vocals) and Dan Platzman (drums, viola, backing vocals). They released their debut album Night Visions on September 4, 2012, and their extended version was released in February 2013, adding three more tracks to the album. The album, which took almost three years to finish, is primarily alternative rock/indie, however elements of dubstep, pop and folk are also recognisable.
Radioactive reached number three on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and has received a place in the Top 20 in countries such as Ireland, Australia and the United Kingdom, becoming their most successful single to date. Their second hit to be released in Ireland, It’s Time, was just as big a success as Radioactive. It is evident that Imagine Dragons like to experiment with their music and It’s Time is no different, with a mixture of handclaps throughout and backing vocals. It is an upbeat catchy single with a slight folk and indie sound and a pulsating beat which can cause the listener to keep pressing repeat. It’s definitely a hot summer anthem!
The extended version of Night Visions, produced by Alex Da Kid, has a total of 18 tracks and is packed full of powerful lyrics and experimental drum beats, hand claps and folk sounds which make it distinguishably unique from other bands albums. I’m not joking when I say there is no song on the album that could do wrong. While It’s Time would be one of my favourites, I also advise listening to On Top of the World and Bleeding Out. Slightly pop-like, uplifting On Top of the World is a sure call to take you from being a bad mood to, well, being on top of the world! The positive lyrics, while not too deep and meaningful, mixed with some whistling and harmonies make the single a worthy listen. Reynolds’ unique voice in Bleeding Out shines, as he sings from the top of his lungs, however the lyrics are more dramatic and emotional than On Top of the World – “I’m bleeding out, If the last thing that I do, Is to bring you down, I’ll bleed out for you.”
My Fault and Every Night are the songs to listen to if you want to slow things down a tad, while Demons is a lyrical genius. The song focuses on Dan’s vocals from the very beginning hitting a climax at the chorus, but taking careful consideration not to draw attention away from the meaningful lyrics which seem to be about an internal struggle with the demons inside and pushing your loved ones away as not to hurt them.
If I had to choose a least favourite song from the album, I couldn’t possibly choose one! I love every song equally, however one song that critics have stated to be a least favourite is Underdog. The single resembles an Owl City track, with electronic sounds and little instrumentation and is the most poppy song on the album. Overall, I would give this album a flying 10/10, simply for how amazing it is. Each song is different and unique in its own right, and while the band have been getting comparisons to other well-known Vegas band, The Killers, they couldn’t be more different, with their emphasis on mixing powerful drum beats, handclaps, folk and indie. I would definitely recommend purchasing this album and if you already have and love it as much as I do, Imagine Dragons will be playing the Olympia Theatre, Dublin on Tuesday, August 20 and Thursday, August 22. A sure must-see!
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