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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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  1. Positive: 0 out of 7
  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: 44 out of 73
  2. Negative: 13 out of 73
  1. Oct 14, 2017
    10
    Imagine Dragons was really great with the first two albums, but this... this is FANTASTIC. Evolve has a lot of good writing and deservesImagine Dragons was really great with the first two albums, but this... this is FANTASTIC. Evolve has a lot of good writing and deserves better. One of the best albums of 2017. Expand
  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
    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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  4. Jun 23, 2017
    7
    This is a album good, but not so much, it's different, and maybe that's why almost nobody liked it, just the fans, I hope and in their fourthThis is a album good, but not so much, it's different, and maybe that's why almost nobody liked it, just the fans, I hope and in their fourth album they do it better. Good Luck Imagine Dragons Expand
  5. Jun 23, 2017
    6
    As A fan of Imagine Dragons, I truly love 'Night Visions' and like 'Smoke + Mirrors'. So I was hoping for a good 3rd album, but...this one isAs A fan of Imagine Dragons, I truly love 'Night Visions' and like 'Smoke + Mirrors'. So I was hoping for a good 3rd album, but...this one is kinda disappointing. It's looks like they chose a weird experiment of electronics, pop, rock and they mixed it together and it has no flavour. They tried something new but it didn't work for me. It makes think that they changed their idea for the album during songs by the way. We can feel some 'Night Visions' vibes, their first album was way way better,. But There are quite good songs, but too little.

    Good songs: Mouth Of The River, Rise Up, Walking The wire, Believer, Whatever It Takes
    Meh songs: Thunder, I Don't Know Why
    Bad songs: Start Over, Dancing in the Dark, Yesterday, I'll Make It Up To You
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  6. Nov 28, 2017
    5
    Whoops...

    In fairness, I understand the concept the band were going for and I appreciate that the lead singer was going through some tough
    Whoops...

    In fairness, I understand the concept the band were going for and I appreciate that the lead singer was going through some tough times. Sadly this doesn't translate very well in terms of the quality of the music. I absolutely love I Don't Know Why, Whatever It Takes, Believer and Thunder, but the rest of it is really forgettable and comes across as 'filler-trying-to-be-more' which is a shame.

    4/10, + 1 because the aforementioned songs are SO GOOD
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  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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