The Band Releases Third Studio Album "Evolve" Today.
Imagine Dragons have released their third studio album today through KIDinaKORNER and Interscope Records. This latest album, according to the band, is suppose to be the start of the evolution of Imagine Dragons. However within the singles it does not feel too far away from the back-breaking drum beats and Dan Reynolds catchy melodies that we are use to. “Evolve” was promoted by two sings, on February 1st, “Believer” was released and recieve almost immediate acceptance when used in a Nintendo Switch commercial for Super Bowl LI. On April 28th, “Thunder” was released as a second single that reached #70 on Billboard top 100.
In February 2016, after the success of their second album Smoke + Mirrors, which included hits songs such as, “Shots” and “Gold” the band took a ten month long world tour. The members mutually agreed after the tour to take some time off for the remainder of the 2016 year. Lead singer Dan Reynolds explained, “We [Imagine Dragons] haven’t stopped in, like, six years, so we’ve forced ourselves to at least take a year off.” However even through the hiatus the band still made contributions to songs for the soundtracks for Me Before You, Suicide Squad and Passengers, as well as playing shows and recording their latest album released today.
“…“This album is the first time that we have worked with producers and it’s really helped us to take a step back and see what our strengths and weaknesses are.”
The album was produced and Co-written by the Swedish song writing duo, Mattman and Robin, who have worked and written with artists such as, Selena Gomez (“Hands to Myself”), Hailee Steinfeld (“Love Myself”), Ellie Goulding (“Love Me Like You Do”), Nick Jonas (“Close”) and DNCE (“Cake By The Ocean” & “Kissing Stangers”). So they are no strangers to creating electronic pop hits but helping Imagine Dragons with a third studio album to follow the massive success of “Night Visions” and “Smoke + Mirrors” was no easy task. The first two albums from start to finish were a masterpiece that made it difficult to skip any of the tracks. It was obvious that the members meshed well in all aspects of songwriting and felt the introspective process. However with “Evolve” it does feel like the digital pop zeitgeist of 2017 but seems as though it has less self reflection and less to translate and this less does not feel like more. The highly polished production can leave the deeper tracks feeling flat in comparison to previous releases that seem to bleed passion in every note. This is not to say that every track on this album feels this way; we are just use to a dragon that demands our attentions immediately instead of needing to give most of the tracks time to grow on you. I would not call this an evolution in the sense of an entirely different beast. The dragon is very much alive and although it may not sound like it has just awoken, it is still woke. We are unsure what Imagine Dragons wants to evolve into but from what we know from their latest release the evolution is just beginning to take shape whether that shape is a good fit or not will be up to the fans.
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Track Listing | Writers | Producers
|1.||“I Don’t Know Why”||
||Mattman & Robin||3:10|
|2.||“Whatever It Takes”||
||Mattman & Robin||3:23|
|4.||“Walking the Wire”||
||Mattman & Robin||3:52|
|6.||“I’ll Make It Up to You”||
|8.||“Mouth of the River”||
||Mattman & Robin||3:06|
|11.||“Dancing in the Dark”||
||Alex da Kid||3:55|