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  • Summary: The third full-length release for the Las Vegas rock band features production from Alex da Kid, Jayson DeZuzio, John Hill, Joel Little, and Mattman & Robin.
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Believer
First things first I'mma say all the words inside my head I'm fired up and tired of the way that things have been, oh-ooh The way that things have... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Jun 22, 2017
    60
    EVOLVE feels very much like the digital zeitgeist of 2017: good intentions aside, its bold, colorful textures elbow aside any notions of introspection or reflection.
  2. 60
    This latest effort might represent a small progression, but it’s far from an evolution.
  3. Jun 26, 2017
    50
    There’s not enough quality across the whole of Evolve to convincingly make the case that Imagine Dragons actually have, or to attract an audience of new listeners. Evolve is a good idea, but in practise it turns out that it doesn’t really work.
  4. 40
    Evolve involves mostly devolving back into the hoariest of tired rock cliches (including what sounds like roto-toms), and plodding grimly towards the summer’s festivals.
  5. Jun 23, 2017
    40
    Their [producers Mattman & Robin's] spacious productions are an odd fit for Dan Reynolds' tortured dude-isms.
  6. Jun 22, 2017
    40
    Evolve sounds, almost impressively so, as though it’s been created with telly music coordinators in mind--and few others besides.
  7. 30
    They’re aiming for a rockier sound--Walking The Wire has a guitar solo that could conceivably be influenced by U2 if you stick your head under a pillow before hitting play – but, as one listen to opener I Don’t Know Why amply demonstrates, it just comes off like Michael Bolton dad-dancing to Justin Timberlake at a family wedding. Pop deserves better. Rock deserves better. We all deserve better.
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  1. Positive: 42 out of 72
  2. Negative: 13 out of 72
  1. Jun 23, 2017
    10
    While this album didn't come across as impressive on the first listen, the songs grew on me over time. Got addicted in the end.

    Great job,
    While this album didn't come across as impressive on the first listen, the songs grew on me over time. Got addicted in the end.

    Great job, and could see that there is a more polished/refined sound this time round. Indeed, less has translated to more. Really really loved "Rise Up", "I Don't Know Why", "Thunder", "Believer"...

    I get why people are not very satisfied with the album. They see that it appears to be boring. But I mean, it's really up to your own tastes and preferences. It just happens that I enjoy their music.

    For those first-time listeners, I wouldn't suggest judging this band solely on armchair critics, but to give it a listen yourself. And don't just listen to it once, like a fleeting memory in a faraway land. Listen to it a few times, then you can judge it appropriately for yourself. I remember dismissing and stopping a song once when I heard the opening rift, but it turned out to be a wonderful song in disguise after I listened.
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  2. Jun 24, 2017
    10
    Your albums are always beautiful . You Gods . Send **** all publications , people like this is important . Love the fans more important . WeYour albums are always beautiful . You Gods . Send **** all publications , people like this is important . Love the fans more important . We love You . fans from Russia . Expand
  3. Jun 23, 2017
    9
    This album is very well structured and has a lot of different sounds and vibes. Tracks like Rise up and I don't know why show the vocalThis album is very well structured and has a lot of different sounds and vibes. Tracks like Rise up and I don't know why show the vocal qualities of Dan Reynolds. Yesterday is a song with a catchy vibe and musically interesting. The super singles Believer and Thunder are super catchy and thrilling. A great album, better than Night Visions. Expand
  4. Mar 18, 2018
    7
    I have listened to Evolve a good handful of times, and have quickly noticed it's biggest problem. It's numero uno problem is how repetitiveI have listened to Evolve a good handful of times, and have quickly noticed it's biggest problem. It's numero uno problem is how repetitive every song on the album is. Any song on this album gets old on repeat thanks to the short length and insanely repetitive chorus. This album has some really not-good songs that fail in one way or another. "I'll Make it Up to You" is boring musically and not-that-good lyrically. It's mostly just boring. "Yesterday" doesn't feel like a song - the music is just plain not-good. The verse on "Start Over" falls short, and is just dull. The music, however, is likeable enough. The worst song on the album is easily the last one, which has terrible music and lyrics. It really sounds bad. "I Don't Know Why" has shallow lyrics but a does have a great chorus; it's funky, catchy, and interesting.

    Here's the good: "Rise Up" feels epic, with great usage of electronic music sounds, and a kick-butt chorus. "Mouth of the River" is great musically and lyrically, but is too repetitive. The two hits from this album hit all the right notes, and sound AMAZING live. "Believer" is powerful, and "Thunder" has awesome music. "Walking the Wire" is truly incredible, with powerful music and lyrics.

    When all is said and done, forget the critics. They hate because it's their job. Evolve has some lame songs, but it's got some really good stuff. The music is pretty good, and there are some good lyrics that actually mean something on this album. Nearly as good as Smoke and Mirrors, but still worth listening to.
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  5. Feb 27, 2018
    6
    'EVOLVE' is an enjoyable album overall, but the lyrics and melodies of most of the tracks are too cliche and redundant. Although songs like "I'EVOLVE' is an enjoyable album overall, but the lyrics and melodies of most of the tracks are too cliche and redundant. Although songs like "I Don't Know Why" and "Believer" are two of the most powerful and superior songs of the album, or maybe even the year, most of the other tracks are just so plain and tasteless and not a bit experimental. However, the vocals in the album are deeply appreciated.
    Strongest Tracks: "I Don't Know Why", "Whatever It Takes", "Believer", "I'll Make It Up To You"
    Weakest Tracks: "Rise Up", "Yesterday", "Mouth Of The River", "Start Over"
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  6. Jul 14, 2017
    4
    Whatever It Takes and Believer shows potential of this album but it was buried by other dull, boring and dreadful tracks. It's far from anWhatever It Takes and Believer shows potential of this album but it was buried by other dull, boring and dreadful tracks. It's far from an evolution and very near to a terrible album. Expand
  7. May 20, 2018
    0
    A total disaster. It came out as such a big disappointment after two beautiful albums, especially the debut one. They really need to changeA total disaster. It came out as such a big disappointment after two beautiful albums, especially the debut one. They really need to change the producer, because this album is the opposite to evolution. Expand

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