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Imagine Dragons: ‘Mercury – Act 1’ Album Review

The Return of the Indie Mythicals is FINALLY HERE! Dowsed in feelings of beautiful sorrow and emotion, Mercury – Act 1 takes us to a side of the group we haven’t really heard of before.

Featuring the usual individual in spectacular locations – from GiantsCauseway in 2012’s debut to rising in the sky among the colours of the rainbow in 2017’s Evolve – the album is a pinnacle Dragon discovery of charm, class and hideously catchy indie pop waves of beauty.

The fond pre-singles of Wrecked, Follow You and Cutthroat are obvious favourites among the album, resulting an impressive record of stream listens. This of course, harks back to their familiar song-writing skill that are known for just creating instant classics that will be certainly remembers in the coming years.

The album features a more elaborated dissonance with the use of synth electronics and creative sounds dominating a lot of the tracks, with Giants and Monday being my instant go-to so far. It seems that Reynolds plucked a leaf out of Tyler’s book from Twenty One Pilots for this record, as the dark storytelling with the occasional harmonious and chaotic screaming ark through the 13 track setlist. This is not necessarily bad thing per se, as I love this style of music writing more so than ever.

This is not a particular charm of theirs that draws me to their music but its understandable that it appears on this album, especially after the natural progression from Origins in 2018 to now.

But, it isn’t too long before the mystical quartet remembers their true sounds and they’re back to their acoustic best with My Life and It’s Ok and One Day. More importantly of all, shock entry Dull Knives certainly needs a mention as this is an emphatic change for the bright-pop dwellers but I’m all for it.

I genuinely love the feel of this album and has certain stir-crazy moments that is a joy to listen to. Another stellar performance from the LA guys for their fifth studio attempt. Nothing rings more true than their Demons debut, but this is certainly not bad going considering.

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Imagine Dragons: Return of the Indie Mythicals

Following on from the subsequent singles of Follow You and Wrecked, Imagine Dragons announce their long-awaited return to the music limelight with their new album, Mercury – Act 1. Set to land in our ears in September, the album will hopefully draw on empowering lyrical ingenuity we’ve seen since Night Visions in 2012, but also draw on the love and design in creating hideously addictive hits we saw in 2017’s Evolve.

Their most recent single release, Wrecked, was produced by the band and ultimately inspired by singer Dan Reynolds’ late sister-in-law who tragically died from cancer. In way to deal with it all, through the refuge of music – as it has always done for Dan – it is a song that is the wish for an eternity with those that he loves. A figure of sentiment that we can understand and feel passionately, too.

After not expressing any depth of new music since 2018, it has been a quiet for the Dragons, but it’s a reassuring sign that they are back to their fearsome and fiery self. Roll on the autumn, I say.