After taking 2016 off as a little break, Imagine Dragons is back on the scene with their 3rd studio album, ‘Evolve’. After the overwhelming success of their debut, ‘Night Visions’, the 2nd album, ‘Smoke + Mirror’s, was not as successful and didn’t have as big of hits. It was still a successful album, so hard to call it a sophomore slump. Now on their third album, there is a little pressure to come out swinging.
‘Evolve’ is a true evolution of their sound, but they do deliver some outstanding pop rock music. The music is actually a little bordering on arena rock, but since the guitars aren’t the main focus or real drums I guess it is a more of an electronica version of arena rock. I hear more electronic keyboards and drum machines than actual guitars or drums.
The first half of this album is why I call it arena rock. It is full of slick productions and pounding beats that give it that arena rock feel. It is one of the best opening 5 songs of any pop rock album out this year. The second half is a little all over the place and no real direction.