Track of the Day: “Believer” by Imagine Dragons

“Believer” has made me a believer in Imagine Dragons once more.

       While I’ve never kept a close eye on every track they have ever released, I’ve always had an interest in the band and their unique sound, which shines through in their new single “Believer.” This particular sound is reminiscent of those found both in their older and newer hits, seeming to mix the hardened tale of “Radioactive” with the more rap-centric recent hit – which was part of the Suicide Squad soundtrack – “Sucker for Pain.” Perhaps this is because the band has been, outside of the Suicide Squad track, on a hiatus for roughly the past year, having wanted to “catch up with family, reconnect with friends and be social human beings and normal people again.” Well, it looks like they’re ready to be believers again.

       Lead singer Dan Reynold’s distinct voice shines through in this single, with the basic acoustics and drum beats heard throughout each verse focalizing it and lifting you up, but with the hardened edge of the bass drop at the start of each chorus bringing you back down again and again. Due to this, placing this song within a particular genre is hard, which is usually a bad sign but in this case adds to the appeal of it; the song mixes random elements together in a melodious way that keeps you hanging on. This relates to the tone of the lyrics too; as you focus on them, you can sense that there’s almost a tug-of-war of emotions going on.

       “Pain! You break me down, you built me up, believer, believer!”

Reynolds belts out during the chorus, letting his voice and feelings be heard. The song seems to be his own way of building himself back up from the pain he’s felt, becoming the “master of [his] sea.” Maybe this is also Imagine Dragons way of letting everyone know that even after a hiatus, they’re ready to come back with a vengeance.

Check out this great new track on Youtube, but it can also be found on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, and Google Play!


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