Monday, November 13th, 2017

Imagine Dragons – Whatever It Takes

Lighting them on fire is a good start…


Alfred Soto: This year it’s “Coldplay with hip hop influences.” Got it.

John Seroff: Surely, I can’t be the only one who noticed that Reynolds’s DOPE RIMES BRAH could be easily improved by replacing them with Gibby Hayne’s DING A DING A DANG MY DANG A LONG LING LONG fill from “Jesus Built My Hot Rod“? Can some aspiring YouTube mashup genius get on this, please? I’m pretty sure I’m serious.

Katherine St Asaph: “Don’t wanna be a parenthetical… I’m an apostrophe, I’m just a symbol to remind you that there’s more to see.” I expected to be horrified at this Chris Martin/Alex da Kid/Sam Hunt/Ryan Tedder hell nexus. I did not expect to be horrified on proofreading grounds.

Nortey Dowuona: Thick, flat bass; indistinct guitar; soft, flat synths; and nondescript drums; and Dan Reynolds somehow breaks out his ghostwritten sing-raps.

Tim de Reuse: The production choices are relatively sober this time (except for that godawful cowbell, which I guarantee you won’t be able to un-notice now that I’ve mentioned it) which leaves precious little else to talk about. The lyrics are about what you’d expect from a neural network trained on a website’s worth of inspirational slogans — the delivery chokes on its own self-serious nothings — the finale is a limp build into an unearned victory lap — god, can’t these guys even manage to be dull in an interesting way anymore?

Katie Gill: Man, remember “Radioactive.” I do. Remember “Shots” as well? That was a good song. It kind of makes you wonder what happened to Imagine Dragons that this is their third single in a row that’s boring, scraping the bottom of the barrel, generic pseudo-rock, pseudo-top 40 nonsense. I mean, they were once good. Or at least, they were once entertaining.

Stephen Eisermann: I feel like Imagine Dragons take themselves way too seriously. This song, in particular, feels less like a song and more like a motivational speech being shouted at you — the one you hear in the college freshman seminar you are forced to take even though you get no actual graduation credit for it. It’s awkward, exhausting, and you only catch every other word because you’re too busy looking down at the floor from the embarrassment of what is being said. Motivation and inspiration are not blunt objects with which you beat others; I just wish these guys knew that.

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One Response to “Imagine Dragons – Whatever It Takes”

  1. someone needs to do a mashup of this with that horrific Judah & the Lion number

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