Friday, November 16, 2012

Music Review: ‘Night Visions’ by Imagine Dragons

By Allison Christensen
Cardinal Staff

Emerging from the chaos of showgirls, slot machines and bright lights in Las Vegas, they call themselves Imagine Dragons.

They have broken away from typical casino entertainment and have created a new, intense sound that captures listeners with its throbbing percussion and emotional lyrics. Each song on their debut album, “Night Visions,” emits a certain mood that manifests emotions in the listeners that enable them to connect with the music on a deeper level then just listening.

Formed in 2008, the band consists of frontman Dan Reynolds (drums and vocals), Dan Platzman (drums and viola), Wayne Sermon (guitar) and Ben McKee (bass guitar).  Imagine Dragons blends rock and synthetic instruments to create a fresh, contemporary sound.

“We are gearheads. We do a lot of experimenting with percussion that’s electric and acoustic on top of each other,” said guitarist Wayne Sermon.

Each of their songs has a powerful beat that gives the listener a sense of forward motion.  This is especially apparent with the pounding bass drum in their songs “Radioactive” and “Demons.” Emotional pain inspires each song written by Imagine Dragons.

Their first hit “It’s Time” was inspired by front man Dan Reynolds’ struggle with discovering who he is and figuring out how seriously he wanted to take music. It is featured in The Perks of Being a Wallflower movie trailer.

Their goal is to channel their pain into songs that will inspire others. Songs like “It’s Time” and “Underdog” address common issues that everyone can relate to, such as moving on and being misunderstood.

“We feel that we have finally created something we are all truly proud of and that can hopefully inspire others and help them feel a little less alone. That’s what music is about. It’s the greatest communicator I know,” explained Reynolds. 

Check out Imagine Dragons’ official site,, where you can listen to the album “Night Visions,” check tour dates and purchase merchandise.

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