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Alternative & Indie - Released November 9, 2018 | Kid Ina Korner - Interscope

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After a trilogy that propelled them to the top, Imagine Dragons are once again lighting concert halls on fire with a fourth opus: Origins. The Las Vegas band had made an impressive entrance with a subtle blend of rock and pop, adorned with almost dance tones. With Natural, Dan Reynolds sings at the top of his voice over a catchy chorus, a technique used throughout the rest of the album. Energetic and rhythmic choirs (Machine), eighties-style electro bass and romantic vocals (Cool Out), and even folk melodies on the acoustic guitar (West Coast) − Imagine Dragons have gone for eclecticism and it works! Even though they are carrying on the tradition of XXL hit songs and relying on harmonic powers, it’s their punchy songwriting that shines through. Their latest album, Evolve, explored relatively dark territories, whereas with Origins the scope significantly expands: identity problems, messages of hope, realisation of various anxieties… Imagine Dragons express many different emotions. It’s an album that will once again ensure exponential success to these kings of the charts. © Anna Coluthe/Qobuz
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Alternative & Indie - Released June 23, 2017 | Kid Ina Korner - Interscope

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Alternative & Indie - Released February 20, 2015 | Kid Ina Korner - Interscope

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Alternative & Indie - Released October 30, 2015 | Kid Ina Korner - Interscope

Conspicuously absent from the laundry list of influences the Imagine Dragons so often cite is the Killers, the only other Las Vegas rock band of note. Imagine Dragons downplay the glamour the Killers found so alluring but they share a taste for the overblown, something that comes to full fruition on their second album, Smoke + Mirrors. Bigger and bolder than 2012's Night Visions, Smoke + Mirrors captures a band so intoxicated with their sudden surprise success that they've decided to indulge in every excess. They ratchet up their signature stomp -- it's there on "I Bet My Life," the first single and a song that's meant to reassure fans that they're not going to get something different the second time around -- but they've also wisely decided to broaden their horizons, seizing the possibilities offered by fellow arena rockers Coldplay and Black Keys. Despite the bloozy bluster of "I'm So Sorry" -- a Black Keys number stripped of any sense of R&B groove -- the group usually favors the sky-scraping sentiment of Coldplay, but where Chris Martin's crew often seems pious, there's a genial bros-next-door quality to Imagine Dragons that deflates their grandiosity. Certainly, Smoke + Mirrors is rock so large it's cavernous -- the reverb nearly functions as a fifth instrument in the band -- but the group's straight-faced commitment to the patently ridiculous has its charm, particularly because they possess no sense of pretension. This separates ID from the Killers, who never met a big idea they didn't like. Imagine Dragons like big sounds and big emotions -- and, if they can muster it, big hooks -- and the commitment to style over substance gives them ingratiating charm, particularly when they decide to thread in slight elements of EDM on "Shots" (something that surfaces on the title track as well), or Vampire Weekend's worldbeat flirtations on "Summer." Imagine Dragons purposefully cobble their sound together from these heavy-hitters of alt-rock, straightening them into something easily digestible for the masses but, like so many commercially minded combos, how they assemble these familiar pieces often results in pleasingly odd combinations. These guys are shameless and that's what makes them more fun than your average arena rockers. © Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo
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Alternative & Indie - Released June 20, 2019 | Kid Ina Korner - Interscope

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Alternative & Indie - Released June 23, 2017 | Kid Ina Korner - Interscope

Imagine Dragons give away the plot with the very title of Evolve, the 2017 sequel to 2015's sophomore set, Smoke + Mirrors. Not content to stay in one emotional or musical spot, Imagine Dragons consciously move forward on Evolve, pushing themselves into a positive place, a transition that mirrors lead singer Dan Reynolds working through a heavy depression. Some of that darkness seeped into Smoke + Mirrors, but it's not heard here. Opening with "I Don't Know Why," a glitzy dance-rock song that nods at a disco past but exists in an EDM present, the record often rides along to a neon pulse. It's not that Imagine Dragons have abandoned the heavy-footed stomp they patented on "Radioactive," but they've threaded in busy, percolating electronic beats and give plenty of space to gilded keyboards. When the tempo is quick, the results are festival-friendly electro-rockers. When the tempo is slow, the results feel like a hybrid of Coldplay and Mr. Mister -- power rock ballads spiked with laser drums. As throwback as that sensibility may be, the band strives to be thoroughly modern, emphasizing rhythms and gargantuan hooks to tightly constructed compositions. Whenever the group tries a new sound -- pumping up "Mouth of the River" with fuzz guitars or attempting a bit of rap-rock on "Start Over" -- it feels not like experimentation but like a quick scan through a new music playlist. And that means Evolve feels very much like the digital Zeitgeist of 2017. © Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo
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Alternative & Indie - Released January 7, 2019 | Kid Ina Korner - Interscope

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Alternative & Indie - Released January 1, 2013 | Kid Ina Korner - Interscope

Historically, there's a progression that bands usually follow before their sound goes full-on arena rock. Things will start small and gritty, and then as the fame and crowds build, the sound changes to match the massiveness of the venues. However, on their debut album, Imagine Dragons buck tradition and swing straight for the cheap seats, doing away with generations of sonic evolution in favor of the huge, arena-made sound of Night Visions. Dramatic and sweeping, the Las Vegas band works in the same vein as pop giants Coldplay, offering up track after track of hooky and emotional midtempo jams. While a move like this might seem overly ambitious for a freshman band, Imagine Dragons are able to pull the sound off, with songs like the already ubiquitous, seemingly soundtrack-ready "It's Time" having no trouble worming their way into whatever part of the brain it is that likes to trap songs against listeners' will. The problem is, while the band's electronically reinforced sound is definitely big, it sometimes feels as though it lacks depth. Despite this, "Every Night" will certainly have some listeners unconsciously reaching for a lighter to wave in the air before they realize what they're doing, and it's exactly these kinds of surface pleasures that we turn to pop music for in the first place. What this means is that even though Imagine Dragons might have skipped a few steps along the way to their arena sound, Night Visions is still an album that, at least for a few minutes at a time, will make everyday life seem just a little bit bigger. © Gregory Heaney /TiVo
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Alternative & Indie - Released November 9, 2018 | Kid Ina Korner - Interscope

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After a trilogy that propelled them to the top, Imagine Dragons are once again lighting concert halls on fire with a fourth opus: Origins. The Las Vegas band had made an impressive entrance with a subtle blend of rock and pop, adorned with almost dance tones. With Natural, Dan Reynolds sings at the top of his voice over a catchy chorus, a technique used throughout the rest of the album. Energetic and rhythmic choirs (Machine), eighties-style electro bass and romantic vocals (Cool Out), and even folk melodies on the acoustic guitar (West Coast) − Imagine Dragons have gone for eclecticism and it works! Even though they are carrying on the tradition of XXL hit songs and relying on harmonic powers, it’s their punchy songwriting that shines through. Their latest album, Evolve, explored relatively dark territories, whereas with Origins the scope significantly expands: identity problems, messages of hope, realisation of various anxieties… Imagine Dragons express many different emotions. It’s an album that will once again ensure exponential success to these kings of the charts. © Anna Coluthe/Qobuz
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Alternative & Indie - Released November 9, 2018 | Kid Ina Korner - Interscope

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After a trilogy that propelled them to the top, Imagine Dragons are once again lighting concert halls on fire with a fourth opus: Origins. The Las Vegas band had made an impressive entrance with a subtle blend of rock and pop, adorned with almost dance tones. With Natural, Dan Reynolds sings at the top of his voice over a catchy chorus, a technique used throughout the rest of the album. Energetic and rhythmic choirs (Machine), eighties-style electro bass and romantic vocals (Cool Out), and even folk melodies on the acoustic guitar (West Coast) − Imagine Dragons have gone for eclecticism and it works! Even though they are carrying on the tradition of XXL hit songs and relying on harmonic powers, it’s their punchy songwriting that shines through. Their latest album, Evolve, explored relatively dark territories, whereas with Origins the scope significantly expands: identity problems, messages of hope, realisation of various anxieties… Imagine Dragons express many different emotions. It’s an album that will once again ensure exponential success to these kings of the charts. © Anna Coluthe/Qobuz
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Alternative & Indie - Released August 4, 2017 | Kid Ina Korner - Interscope

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Alternative & Indie - Released June 9, 2017 | Kid Ina Korner - Interscope

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Alternative & Indie - Released January 1, 2014 | Kid Ina Korner - Interscope

The first song, and third single, from Imagine Dragons' debut album, "Radioactive" finds the band swinging for the arena rock fences straight out of the gates with this pulsing pop powerhouse. Melding elements of dubstep with sweeping alt-rock, Imagine Dragons create a song that feels more like a swaying call to arms than a dance club hit, making for a song that you'll feel in your chest long before you feel it in your feet. © TiVo
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Alternative & Indie - Released May 31, 2019 | Kid Ina Korner - Interscope

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Alternative & Indie - Released November 17, 2017 | Kid Ina Korner - Interscope

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 8, 2017 | Kid Ina Korner - Interscope

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 19, 2018 | Wreck It Ralph 2 ST (KIK - ISR - Disney) PS

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Alternative & Indie - Released August 27, 2015 | Kid Ina Korner - Interscope

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 18, 2014 | Kid Ina Korner - Interscope

Conspicuously absent from the laundry list of influences the Imagine Dragons so often cite is the Killers, the only other Las Vegas rock band of note. Imagine Dragons downplay the glamour the Killers found so alluring but they share a taste for the overblown, something that comes to full fruition on their second album, Smoke + Mirrors. Bigger and bolder than 2012's Night Visions, Smoke + Mirrors captures a band so intoxicated with their sudden surprise success that they've decided to indulge in every excess. They ratchet up their signature stomp -- it's there on "I Bet My Life," the first single and a song that's meant to reassure fans that they're not going to get something different the second time around -- but they've also wisely decided to broaden their horizons, seizing the possibilities offered by fellow arena rockers Coldplay and Black Keys. Despite the bloozy bluster of "I'm So Sorry" -- a Black Keys number stripped of any sense of R&B groove -- the group usually favors the sky-scraping sentiment of Coldplay, but where Chris Martin's crew often seems pious, there's a genial bros-next-door quality to Imagine Dragons that deflates their grandiosity. Certainly, Smoke + Mirrors is rock so large it's cavernous -- the reverb nearly functions as a fifth instrument in the band -- but the group's straight-faced commitment to the patently ridiculous has its charm, particularly because they possess no sense of pretension. This separates ID from the Killers, who never met a big idea they didn't like. Imagine Dragons like big sounds and big emotions -- and, if they can muster it, big hooks -- and the commitment to style over substance gives them ingratiating charm, particularly when they decide to thread in slight elements of EDM on "Shots" (something that surfaces on the title track as well), or Vampire Weekend's worldbeat flirtations on "Summer." Imagine Dragons purposefully cobble their sound together from these heavy-hitters of alt-rock, straightening them into something easily digestible for the masses but, like so many commercially minded combos, how they assemble these familiar pieces often results in pleasingly odd combinations. These guys are shameless and that's what makes them more fun than your average arena rockers. © Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo
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Alternative & Indie - Released December 20, 2017 | Kid Ina Korner - Interscope

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