The Playlist: Evolve by Imagine Dragons

One of the best young bands out there bring back their style of rock with their third release. 

A few weeks back, I wrote about the future of rock and some of the bands at the forefront. Another band that fits that category, is Imagine Dragons.

The Las Vegas natives have already built a strong following after only two albums and have become the biggest band out of the Vegas desert since The Killers. I showed up late to the Imagine Dragons party. I’d heard of them, but not their music... or so I thought.

One day I found out the song It’s Time, which I’d previously heard and liked, was by Imagine Dragons. As I checked out more of their stuff, I found out a few other songs I’d heard on the radio were also them.

I slowly became hooked, and now I’m a huge fan. In fact, I recently got tickets to their fall tour. It’ll be my first time seeing them and I’m super psyched. Needless to say, I’ve been anxiously awaiting the day that Evolve officially released.

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Evolve by Imagine Dragons

It’s hard to truly categorize Imagine Dragons. They have such a mix of influences and their style of rock has this sort of a hip hop delivery. Especially the way lead singer Dan Reynolds delivers his vocals.

There’s also an electropop infusion in many of their songs, though I still feel the band are rockers at heart. All of their styles mesh into such great stuff and Evolve is no different.

Lead track I Don’t Know Why infuses that hip hop vocal delivery with a great beat and pulls you right into the record. The dance vibe of the song along with its 80s electro beats may be the next step in the evolution of the band. Possibly why the album itself is titled Evolve.

To me, Whatever It Takes is a hip hop song and that’s totally fine with me. Reynolds take on his own mortality adds a lot of depth to the already killer track.

Believer was released ahead of the album and was one of the reasons I was so excited for their latest. Believer is Imagine Dragons doing what they do best.

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This is the sound that got me hooked. I’m glad that, on an album where the band focuses on trying new things, they still throw old fans a bone by adding another awesome anthem to their long list of them.

Walking the Wire is a pop song that you could picture one of the many female pop stars singing and making it a hit. Maybe Katy Perry should have tried this instead.

As I listen to the album, I hear great track after great track. Rise Up is another anthem. I know I’m using the word a lot, but these are what Imagine Dragons have a lock on. As I hear Rise Up, I hope they add it to their live set so I can sing along to it, as that’s what this song is meant for.

Thunder is another song that was released ahead of the album and it’s another testament to the greatness of this band. Thunder mixes more of the hip hop delivery with some cool electro and drum beats.

Every song on the album has its own personality while still staying true to who Imagine Dragons are. After hearing the album, I’m even more excited for the band's fall tour. Imagine Dragons has another winner on their hands, as Evolve is a must-have on your summer playlists.

The Playlist: June 27th, 2017

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Usually when I become obsessed with songs, I play them nonstop, all the time. It’s usually a small handful of songs and lately I’m in obsession mode. These are the songs I’m obsessed with that are on constant rotation.

She’s Gone Away by Nine Inch Nails

One of my favorite 90s shows, Twin Peaks, returned recently and last weekend the episode featured an appearance by Nine Inch Nails. I forgot how great Nine Inch Nails’ EP was, and She’s Gone Away easily reminded me why. This moody, tripped out track is totally the dark style NIN we all love.

All I Could Think About Is You by Coldplay

Coldplay is one of those bands who over recent albums sound nothing like they did earlier on in their career. Once they teamed up with the Chainsmokers, I was ready to tap out, and I really like a lot of their newer music that’s full of electropop.

Then the band released All I Could Think About Is You and pulled me back in. This is an incredible mix of the old Coldplay sound along with the electro goodness of their more recent work. The atmosphere of the song is dreamy and something I can’t stop listening too.

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Passionfruit by Paramore

I mentioned this Paramore’s Drake cover last week and this week I’m even more obsessed with it. Passionfruit is the cover of the year so far for me. Hayley Williams’ voice is just amazing and the beats are so good. Just listen and get mesmerized by it all.

Judas by Fozzy

While I’m a big wrestling fan but was never a big fan of Chris Jericho’s band Fozzy. Then they dropped Judas and I’ve been totally hooked on it. It’s super catchy and is just such a great rock song. If you listen to this and you’re not rocking out to the chorus and that kickass guitar riff, you’re not a true rock fan.

Hook, Line and Sinker by Royal Blood

Royal Blood is about to become one of the biggest rock bands in the world. Mark my words. Hook, Line and Sinker is just killer hard rock. I cannot listen to this song without banging my head and air drumming. It’s just too good for words.

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Creature Comforts by Arcade Fire

Creature Comforts takes Arcade Fire’s experimentation with dance style tracks to the next level. The song is totally retro new wave goodness. Even with the heavy subject matter, you can’t help but get drawn in.

I must have listened to this song about 100 times already. The song draws me in in ways a lot of others don’t. I just totally love it. Arcade Fire is going to go down as one of the best bands of their generation, I promise you that.

For more recent releases, check out Royal Blood’s new album How Did We Get So Dark. Lorde’s latest album, Melodrama, may go down as the best pop album of the year. Give it a listen and find out why.