KIDi­naKORNER/ Polydor Records

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS -

You get the im­pres­sion from their third al­bum that Imag­ine Dragons are striv­ing des­per­ately for the kind of hip­ster ku­dos that would see them viewed as the heirs to a sta­dium rock band like U2’s throne. In­stead, the Gram­my­win­ning Las Ve­gas quar­tet come off as Cold­play’s dorky lit­tle broth­ers; pur­vey­ors of earnest, bom­bas­tic pop-rock with a syn­the­sised bent. Not that there’s any­thing wrong with that; Walk­ing

the Wire and What­ever It Takes are both arms-aloft an­thems, but the more en­joy­able tracks fol­low an 1980s pop tem­plate, like the Hall & Oates- style Make It Up to

You and Start Over. The hip-hop stylings of Thun­der are il­lad­vised, but it’s easy to see why Imag­ine Dragons have been so suc­cess­ful to date. Whether this kind of glossy grandios­ity has longevity is an en­tirely dif­fer­ent mat­ter. imag­ine­drag­on­s­mu­ LAU­REN MUR­PHY

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