Night Visions is the debut album of the Boy band, Imagine Dragons. The band is an all-sufficient, all-complete one consisting of Dan Reynolds who is the lead vocalist, Wayne Sermon the lead guitarist, Ben McKee the band bassist, and the drummer Daniel Platzman. Each member had moved to Las Vegas, Nevada in the early 2000s. They met and formed a Rock Bnd called Imagine Dragons with Daniel Platzman later joining to replace Andrew Tolman after he left the band. I like all genres of music, however, my jams are usually Pop, R&B and Rap. So, I wasn’t expecting to like this band when they debuted – as they are a rock band. I remember getting a ride in a friend’s car and he put on the radio, “Radioactive” was playing. The first thing that caught my attention was their sound. It was so different, so strange and pleasant at the same time. So, I took out my phone, shazamed the music and that’s how I got it. I had “Radioactive” on repeat for days. Finally, when my eardrums got weary of listening to the same thing, I decided to find out about these guys that gave me my newly found jam and here’s what I found out. Apparently, Imagine Dragons have been around much longer than I thought (I heard the song in late 2013). In short, the track, “Radioactive” was released a whole year before I heard it. Out of curiosity, I went on YouTube and listened to the whole album and boy was I surprised! Most artists usually go for simpler lyrics and much more conservative sounds when producing their debut albums. Most don’t even start to diversify until their third or fourth albums when they have already gained a strong fan base. Imagine Dragons is exactly the opposite. The lyrics of Night Visions are as complicated as they come. They wrote the songs from their hearts and matched them with amazing sounds and it was worth it – Night Visions sold more than 83,000 copies in its first week alone and debuted at number 2 on the billboard 200. Outside the US, it debuted at number one in many countries, topping their music charts. It was the fourth best-selling album in 2013 and it even won the Billboard award for the top rock album in 2014. Night visions came packed with a lot of goodies and “Radioactive” is just the Cherrie on the cake. The album has 11 tracks, 6 of which came from extended play (EP) records released earlier. Imagine Dragons released 4 EPs before finally releasing their first official album. Like I said, they’ve been around for a while. Other tracks in the album include “Demons”, “On Top Of The World” (my personal favourite), “It’s Time”, “Tiptoe”, etc.
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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.
There is a very funny but quite an interesting story about how I became familiar to this song, till 2017 - I wasn’t much aware of the song or say I have not much idea about the band called Imagine Dragon, until my college started playing the song believer in all the occasion, that’s when I searched for the song and got to know about the band. The birth of Imagine Dragons can be traced back to 2008 when led singer Dan Reynolds decided to start their band after meeting his old school pal Andrew Tolman. Initially to start their band they recruited Dave Lemke, Aurora Florence and Andrew Beck to play bass, piano and guitar respectively. They released an extended play which was named Speak to me that year but unfortunately Aurora Florence and Andrew Beck left the band that year, after this two left the group a hollow was created in the band so to fill that part he hired his old mate from Bercklee college of Music to be there guitarist, interesting part is Tolman had to do a lot of recruitment works to make sure that the band doesn’t fall down, interestingly to fill the place of vocalist he hired his wife Brittany Tolman, and after finishing all this recruitments they started performing, but after sometime their lead bassist Dave Lemke left and to fill his place they hired another Bercklee alumni Ben McKee and that’s how they completed the full band. The early breakthrough they got is when in 2009 just before the performance for Bite of Las Vegas festival in 2009 - Pat Monahan the lead vocalist of the band Train fell sick, so they couldn’t perform instead of that, to fill the empty slot up - Imagine Dragon came forward as a last minute replacement and performed in front of a crowd of 26,000. After that Imagine Dragon received a lot of acknowledgment from the fans from Las Vegas, they were even named as the best Local Indie Band of 2010 by Las Vegas weekly. Funny part about Imagine Dragon is that till 2011 the shuffling of team members was continued as in 2011 the Tolman’s left the band and were replaced by Danial Platzman. even Theresa Flaminio joined their band but soon she exited. Finally, in 2011 they signed a contract with Interscope record and also, they thought to work with famous English producer Alex da Kid.
Imagine that you arrive at a restaurant that looks good, you take a seat in a good place and you wait for them to show you the menu. You open it with great expectations, you read it carefully, you want to know everything that each dish contains, there are some that sound appetizing for the ingredients that they include and, finally, you decide for the entrance, the main dish, and the dessert. If everything is as described in the menu you will be the happiest person that day; but what would happen if, after the wait and with all those expectations, in addition to the hunger you have, the dishes are not what you expected? Of course, you will want to complain, get out of there and not pay a penny for that disappointing meal. Well, that's what happened to me when I decided to listen to "Origins" by Imagine Dragons. To begin with, the art of the album cover did not invite me to listen to it; however, the band had done good things on their past albums and I thought: "I can not judge a book just by looking at its cover" and, therefore, I proceeded to put on the headphones and give them all the attention they deserve. It all started with "Natural" and, my expectations increased, since the song is good, it is part of what the band has done well throughout its existence and I prepared to enjoy a good rock album. The video captivated me and, I quickly forget the bad impression that caused me the cover of the album. But unfortunately, the song ended and opened the way to disaster. It came "Boomerang" and it was as if it had fallen into the abyss of the lightest and most inconsequential Pop that has been written until today. Where is testosterone? I expected to go up and up as the songs of the album were advancing but just in the second song, my disappointment was total. I was patient and I listened to it completely, "it's just a blip, I thought", but I was wrong, the tragedy that came after filled me with sadness.
I feel like the bands that enter the business like it’s a business are the ones who have the biggest careers. Maroon 5, The Killers, OneRepublic and Imagine Dragons all seem to have a grand design from the start, producing debut albums that can’t fail. They study each other’s success, and I in turn study theirs. I’ve been singing the same two karaoke songs for years, “Radioactive” and “Demons”, and guess what – wherever I am, some drunk girl wants to duet with me. For those few moments, I am indistinguishable from a rockstar. Night Visions has a sing along sound that is huge without being intimidating. We can all clap along with our Moms to this awesome non offensive sound. If you are a band making songs that can move a crowd of any age or soundtrack a commercial for any car, you are going to make millions of dollars, no question about it.
As hard as it looks, it’s about ten times that. When Night Visions came out, I was taking on a single pitch at 120 feet. The cliff wall was completely vertical. This was the music that got me to the belay point, after a lot of trial and error. “And you tell me to hold on” states the lyrics to “Bleeding Out”, which I adopted for my various endeavors. The song motivated me on several levels, from the swift claps that sharpened my focus, coupled with the soothing, almost meditative way the melody flows, perfect for those moments where I needed to rest and think before my next move. The track itself is one of martyrdom, and proved to be very effective in the end, because to climb higher and higher, you have to be willing to put it all on the line. Now I’m doing multi-pitch climbing, 4 albums later.
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Imagine Dragons is an American pop rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada, consisting of lead vocalist Dan Reynolds, lead guitarist Wayne Sermon, bassist Ben McKee, and drummer Daniel Platzman. The band first gained exposure with the release of their single "It's Time", followed by their award-winning debut studio album Night Visions (2012), which resulted in the chart-topping singles "Radioactive" and "Demons". Rolling Stone named "Radioactive", which holds the record for most weeks charted on the Billboard Hot 100, the "biggest rock hit of the year". MTV called them "the year's biggest breakout band", and Billboard named them their "Breakthrough Band of 2013" and "Biggest Band of 2017". and placed them at the top of their "Year In Rock" rankings for 2013, 2017, and 2018. Imagine Dragons topped the Billboard Year-End "Top Artists – Duo/Group" category in 2018.
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