Listen While You Read
This is what pop music is meant to be. Infectiously catchy, creative, and diverse. From start to finish the upcoming Imagine Dragons album, Night Visions, is a radio-friendly work of art. While the group pays tribute to an undeniably 80′s electronic sound they do so without feeling cheesy or dated. Their indellible hooks look to already be leading them to commercial success. Most recently the track Radioactive has been featured in commercials for a new television series.
The album features several songs that were release earlier this year on the groups Continued Silence EP. This includes the album’s opener, It’s Time, which has been receiving radio play since it’s release. It serves as a strong introduction to any new comers to the world of Imagine Dragons. Tiptoe follows next with the most obvious hattip to the aforementioned 80′s vibe. Once you bounce your way through the driving bass of Radioactive you’ll find yourself at Demons; A thoroughly modern track in the vein of what you might hear from a group like OneRepublic. As the album continues it explores an unbelievably diverse set of styles ranging from world music to r&b. There is truly not a single track of filler on Night Visions
This is pop music. If you’re looking for abstract lyrical structures or hookless story telling this may not be for you. If you’re not afraid of music so catchy that the CDC should probably keep tabs on it, then Night Visions is sure to find its place on your best of the year playlist. My only other complaint is purely based on my own selfishness. I was only able to review this album based on a stream instead of putting the tracks on repeat in my car stereo which is definitely where they belong.
Imagine Dragons‘s Night Visions is truly excellent. I can assure you that it will fill most of my leisure listening time for the month of September.