Alright, I rarely ever write reviews in so detail, but being a fan of Imagine Dragons for more than half a decade, I had to say something about all the negativity that is surrounding their best album yet - Origins.
If you haven't heard of the band, or if you have missed any of their songs, let me tell you that you are missing something incredible. So stop right away and listen to every song by this band, come back and then read this journal entry.
Now, first things first, here's what I think of all the songs in the new album:
Machine: 10/10 | Natural: 10/10 | Zero: 10/10 | Bad Liar: 10/10 | Digital: 9.5/10 | Love: 10/10 | Burn Out: 10/10 | Birds: 10/10 | Only: 8.5/10 | Boomerang: 10/10 | Cool Out: 8.5/10 | Bullet In A Gun: 10/10 | Stuck: 9/10 | Real Life: 9.5/10 | West Coast: 10/10
Burn Out > Machine > Natural > Zero > Bad Liar > Boomerang = Love = Bullet In A Gun = Birds = West Coast > Digital > Real Life > Stuck > Cool Out > Only
I also posted this as a review on Amazon, in case someone blames me of plagiarizing.
When I had first started listening to ID songs 5-6 years ago, I quickly realized that one needs to get used to their music before you actually start liking it. Unlike most musicians, these people are known for their metaphorical lyrics, mixed tones, sudden bridges and touching themes.
It's Time was my #1 song by far for 4 years. Then they released the album Evolve, and Whatever It Takes took that position pretty easily. Then, not too long after that, they released Natural as a single, and it jumped over 70 other ID songs on my playlist to become #1. Then came out Zero, and it took over Natural. Of course, as you can tell from this pattern, Machine beat Zero on the list, and was the best song I ever heard (probably because it is so relatable to me right now).
I was not really happy with Bad Liar at first, just like I wasn't when I first heard songs from Smoke+Mirrors, but being a huge fan, I had to give it another shot. As I kept on listening to it, I fell in love with the lyrics and the music. It probably is the best love song (easily better than Next to Me in my opinion) by ID.
Then, finally, Origins was released. I was so hyped! I know the anxiousness that I was facing before I hit play on the first song that I heard - Boomerang. After listening to half of it, I could hear myself cry from the inside... I had never been so disappointed. I kept on listening to all the new songs, and none of them, except Digital, really clicked me. Like many other reviewers here, I wanted to tell ID that they had rushed this and it is so, so not a sister to Evolve. I shut down my laptop and didn't listen to any other ID song that night. I was really disappointed.
But... the next day, I asked Alexa to play random ID songs (it thought I meant to play only Origins), and it started with Love. The tune was new to me, but I listened to the lyrics this time. Soon, I was singing it along as it played. Then it played Boomerang, and its music felt so good this time. Similarly, all the other songs felt bearable (except Only and Cool Out... I had no idea what was going on with them).
Two days after listening to them, I went to YouTube and played all Origins lyric videos. After hearing Burn Out while reading those beautiful words, I was shocked at how I had missed such a beautiful song. Currently, it is my #1 song, and I think it will be for a long time.
Love has a great message, and it's friendly tone is soothing. If everyone in the world listens to this song, I can bet the next day would start with a different morning.
Birds is so soft, you feel like you really are flying high.
Boomerang has the perfect name for a song that echoes through your ears.
Bad Liar... Let's just say that it is the most touching, sad and beautiful love song I ever heard.
Machine not only has a unique tune, but it is like a mixture of Whatever It Takes and It's Time, which as you know were my two of the most favorite songs for a long time.
Bullet In A Gun is so dark when you listen to it carefully, it gave me chills. However, it still gives a lot of hope in it.
Digital is a complete mess, but one that suits ID. If any other band had released this song, I know it would have been received a lot worse reception. It sounded like a mixture of I'm So Sorry and Radioactive to me, but it really is its own thing.
Cool Out and Only took me longer than usual to get used to, but after listening to them with the lyrics, they became sound worms in my ear.
Real Life is very real, and I'm sure everyone will be able to relate to it at some point.
West Coast and Stuck are proofs that ID can make great love songs, especially if they are connected to them.
I don't think I need to say anything about Natural or Zero. They have already received a lot of positive reviews.
Overall, to those who are complaining that this album is not the real ID that they know, please go ahead and listen to these songs again and again and again and again. Each song will remind you of something that ID is known for: passion. The only song that I would not be able to guess if it belonged to ID or not would be Only. It has a different tune as well as lyrics that I cannot really say remind solely of ID.
Yes, the album is full of songs inspired by the events happening in Dan's life, which is probably why he released it now rather than later. However, that's what makes ID so special in the first place. They write about what they are feeling. Look at Smoke and Mirrors or Second Chances or I'll Make It Up To You... all inspired by events happening in the band members' lives when they wrote them.
This is new yet it is a reminiscence of the essence that is Imagine Dragons.