As a huge fan of rock music, the day I discovered Imagine Dragons is one I’d never forget. A friend who shared my love for bands like Linkin Park, The Fray and Daughtry had introduced me to the band’s music and I got stuck almost immediately. Hit singles like “Radioactive”, “Demons” and “On Top of The World” had become a mainstay in playlists I created over the years and it was normal for a fan like me to eagerly anticipate projects by the band from Las Vegas. Evolve dropped in 2017 and my excitement knew no bounds. I listened to the album for the first time and something struck me instantly, this was going to be different. There was an element of a sway away from the generic rock sound that was more pronounced in some of the tracks and not so much in a few others. Leading up to the release of the album had been cryptic messages on social media by the band members, a move that further fueled anticipation of its release. Although Evolve went on to peak at a lofty Number 2 on the US Billboard 200 and even got a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, it was an album that relied heavily on just a few tracks to propel its success. Evolve was meant to depict the band’s evolution and growth but it did go on to strike me as a bit shallow and melancholic for a rock album. The heavy influence of elements of R&B, hip-hop and EDM might have appealed to quite a number of music lovers, but it deviated away from the style the band had crafted and used to immense success on previous albums Night Vision and Smokes & Mirrors. Despite my reservations about these album, it isn’t a total discard away as singles like “I’ll Make It Up To You”, “Walk On The Wire” and “Whatever It Takes” have what it takes to appeal to rock heads like me. Other singles like “Believer” and “Thunder” have gone on to achieve huge commercial success with the former getting featured in a Super Bowl commercial for the Nintendo Switch as well as on the trailer for 2017 film Murder on the Orient Express. I listened to the entire album and unlike its predecessors, it really didn’t make an impression. I have a few tracks (to be honest, just one) from the album on my playlist and I just went on to stream the entire album once more to put out my two cents on what is a bit of a forgettable project from the incredibly talented rock band.