All the dirt, news, culture and commentary for Oklahoma's second century.

Imagine Dragons continue to "Evolve" into robots with keyboards

Interscope Records
"Evolve" is Imagine Dragons' third studio album.
Fertile Ground Compost Service
Help support Red Dirt Report
Rusty's Score
2.5 Rustys

ALBUM REVIEW: Imagine Dragons – Evolve (Interscope) 2017

Ever since catching Imagine Dragons’ imaginative 2013 music video for the single “On Top of the World,” which playfully satirizes the conspiracy theories about director Stanley Kubrick’s alleged involvement in the faking of the Apollo Moon landings, among others (including the documentary Room 237, a favorite of mine), I have had an eye on this Las-Vegas-by-the-way-of-Provo pop-rock quartet.

Secret handshakes and winks aside, Imagine Dragons has a major international following, something that makes critics want to pick them apart. I merely want to understand the motivations behind the music. So, I simply let the music do the talking.

Among the more ear-catching songs in this batch of 11 are “Rise Up,” where vocalist Dan Reynolds is “bursting like the Fourth of July” (hmm …), the 80’s-inspired synth-pop (like a Mike + The Mechanics album cut) of “I’ll Make It Up to You” (where Reynolds sounds pretty contrite) and “Thunder,” a mindlessly catchy earworm of a percussive hip-pop tune that the local NBA basketball team would be foolish not to use at their games this season.

However, the rest of the album is a mix of anthemic pop-rock, bland dance music and a very current production vibe. I guess what I mean to say is that this is the sort of album two robots would put on just before having robot sex. 

"If you ever want to join me baby, I'll be dancing in the dark," a robotic-sounding Reynolds sings/speaks on the closing track, "Dancing in the Dark" (apologies to Mr. Springsteen).

I feel that with Evolve, Imagine Dragons are evolving into something like Rutger Hauer's replicant character in Blade Runner, when he tells Dr. Tyrell (Joe Turkel - "Lloyd the bartender" in The Shining!) he wants "more life, fucker!

And so do we, Imagine Dragons. We want more life. Not just soul-sucking, "trendy" tunes that have an extremely short shelf-life. We want more life in your music. Consider that your challenge, gentlemen.

Until next time ... 

Enjoy this? Please share it!

About the Author

Andrew W. Griffin

Editor & Owner.

Andrew W. Griffin received his Bachelor of Science in Journalism from...

read more

Enjoy this? Please share it!

About Red Dirt Report

Red Dirt Report was launched July 4, 2007 as an independent news website covering all manner of news, culture, entertainment and lifestyle stories that affect and interest Oklahoma readers and readers outside of our state. Our mission is to educate, promote civic engagement and discourse on public policy, government and politics. Our experienced journalists provided balanced in-depth coverage of news stories that affect Oklahomans. Our opinion/editorial stories come from a wide range of political view points. We carry out our mission by reporting, writing, and posting news and information. read more

Member of the Oklahoma Press Association
Member of Investigative Reporters & Editors
Member of Diversity Business Association
Member of Uptown 23rd
Rotary Club of Bricktown OKC
Keep it Local OK