IMAGINE DRAG DRAGONS
ORIGINS KIDINAKORNER/INTERSCOPE, OUT NOW Las Vegas band’s gleaming fourth album hides a troubled heart.
The go-big-or-go-home approach has paid off for Imagine Dragons, but their arena-ready anthems are really just a super-sized sticking plaster. For all its grand musical gestures, the fourth album from the most streamed band on the planet is a vehicle for singer Dan Reynolds to work through his struggles with depression and insecurity: peel away the hypermodern pop wrapper of Natural, and you’re left with the sound of a man desperately trying to come up for air. It follows the million-dollar formula laid down on 2017’ s Evolve a little too closely – you’re never more than 30 seconds away from a hiccuping, hip-hop-influenced vocal or a crashing chorus. But as emotional Trojan Horses go, few do it better. DAVE EVERLEY Listen To: Natural | Machine | Bad Liar