I Honestly Tried to Like Imagine Dragons

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From the "I'm On Top of the World" music video.
I'm going to let you in on the secret: I don't know anything about music that normal adult humans listen to. Avalanches of culture engulf our entire society while I sit in a grubby basement, hunched over a laptop listening to old Motorhead records. However, on occasion, I'm forced to stick my head out and comb through the bleak, bland, and depressingly white landscape of pop music to observe the catastrophes around me.

I have heard a song by Imagine Dragons - "Radioactive." I was a career counselor at an arts college and some little booger that went to school there had covered it playing all the instruments himself. I thought it was really good for sounding like something I was fundamentally against.

Then I listened to Imagine Dragons' original version. It reminded me of Linkin Park crossed with Foster the People with a dash of Skrillex. If it were a meal, it would be a bunch of white turkey meat covered in sand. And you'd eat it off an ironic looking windbreaker jacket.

Ultimately, it was catchy and uncomfortably stayed with me, like the persistent feeling that you did not wipe your ass properly.

Imagine Dragons will be gracing Dallas with their heavenly presence tonight. As a teaser to generate interest, I have dutifully stepped up to honestly, seriously consider the band's record, Night Visions, track-by-track.

1. "Radioactive"
I went to a vocational technical college at the end of high school so I could sometimes smoke weed in my car. In class, I sat next to an intense serious looking goth who sat pensively in his own world, listening to music. A metalhead myself, one day I decided to ask him what he was listening to. He handed me his hilariously gigantic headphones and I prepared myself for some onslaught of pounding drums and blazing guitar solos. What I heard was "Return to Innocence" by Enigma. I can guarantee this dude is now listening to "Radioactive" on repeat as he piles down gas station food.


2. "Tiptoe"
Whoa, this rules. It sounds like it could be some sort of Stabbing Westward or Gravity Kills b-side -- two of the greatest bands of our lifetime. Of course, they go and ruin it at the 0:28 mark with some cheesy drums before forcing on some vocals that made me yell "OH" out loud like I was Andrew Dice Clay being punched in the stomach. The rest of the song sounds like it would be the soundtrack to a montage scene in Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2. I can imagine a tiny dog triumphantly catching some Frisbees as the manicured and overproduced voices chant "nobody else can take me higher".

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8 comments
pj2009
pj2009

I was at the concert and did not see or smell any weed around. It was not a crazy/rave/wild concert, but everyone seemed to enjoy the concert and respect each other's space around. I was standing in the general admission area. Imagine dragons are AMAZING and so was the concert. Dan Reynolds has amazing vocals and energy on stage. The band is full of extremely talented members, and they give off such great positive vibes. They care for their fans, and are humble about their success. Your article or whatever it is about their album is retarded.

lordsluggo666
lordsluggo666

"...while I sit in a grubby basement, hunched over a laptop listening to old Motorhead records."

Your laptop listens to old Motörhead records? Your copyeditor must've been listening to records, too.

madmonkey
madmonkey

I peek my head out and look around at what's new in music too. And more often than not after testing the waters I find myself like you, hunched over listening to old Motorhead records! Deja vu.


Mervis_Earl
Mervis_Earl

Looks like Imagine Dragon fans are not as "passionate" as Snarky Puppy fans. Or maybe they just less thin-skinned.

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

"Depressingly white landscape"?!

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