In previewing album number three, the Imagine Dragons have come out with an upbeat and spellbinding new style. “Believer”, delivered by lead vocalist, Dan Reynolds, celebrates life’s pain for making him a believer in his own endeavors.
The invitational marching rhythm of the drum introduces Reynolds’s message of wanting to be open about enjoying more opportunities in life. “Don’t you tell me what you think that I can be/I’m the one at the sail I’m the master of my sea” is delivered with a persistent and confident tone that launches into the remainder of the song. Next, tasteful lyricism increases in complexity with the pace of the drums, and the fluent flurries of rap. Reynolds then transitions into opening up about the opportunities that began to form for him as the “Believer” flows into its computerized chorus.
For readers who have read any of my pieces before, they know that I am not a proponent of technologically-based music. Now, I am not trying to wage war with my millennials or the music industry, but why can’t we use real instruments or at least compromise with a bit of both? Especially when the chorus is the part of a piece that is the most affected.
Abrupt crescendos and weak key fluttering completely dismantle the solid route that this single has. It is unique to see this group experiment. They hadn’t gone down the rap road before, and they definitely have the talent to do so, but things go horribly wrong with the chorus.
Never in my life have I cringed during an Imagine Dragons song, but the screechy reverberation of vocals did the trick. Not only is it increasingly difficult to understand what the singers are articulating, it just doesn’t sound right.
Once the first round of the chorus concludes, however, I go back to enjoying the single. It’s enjoyable because of the portrayal of pain’s emotional toll through difficult battles and haters that life confronts us with. The ringing “ohs” in the back also create a wonderful rhythm and guide the buzzing dubstep’s flow throughout the remainder of the verses in “Believer”.
Collectively, if this band would have transitioned the chorus more smoothly with the verses, this single would be the precedent for how previews for albums should be. Instead, the Imagine Dragons produced a piece that has modestly stuck its foot in the door, rather asserting its entire body.
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