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  • Summary: The fourth full-length studio release for the Las Vegas rock band features production from Alex Da Kid, John Hill, Joel Little, Mattman & Robin, Jorgen Odegard, and Ido Zmishlany.
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Natural
Will you hold the line When every one of them is giving up or giving in? Tell me In this house of mine Nothing ever comes without a consequence or... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Q Magazine
    Nov 20, 2018
    80
    It follows the million-dollar formula laid down on 2017's Evolve a little too closely. ... But as emotional Trojan Horses go, few do it better. [Jan 2019, p.110]
  2. 80
    Origins is further proof of Reynolds’ pop songwriting capabilities and also his ambition when it comes to pushing the messages that matter onto the charts. And there’s no doubting his sincerity. It’s a refreshing quality in a pop frontman.
  3. Nov 9, 2018
    80
    Dragons’ producers Alex da Kid and Mattman & Robin have tamped down the epic flourishes and thudding bottom end that marked this album’s predecessor, “Evolve,” resulting in a more direct sound and message.
  4. Nov 15, 2018
    50
    Unfortunately Imagine Dragons’ actual vision is one that is milquetoast, formulaic, nearly anonymous, free of any real lyrical insight. ... The one place where the Dragons themselves really shine is an outlier in their catalog: “Zero,” made for Ralph Breaks the Internet, is a giddy college rocker that does for the Cure, David Bowie and Jimmy Eat World what Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson did for Prince, Gap Band and Zapp.
  5. Nov 15, 2018
    50
    Imagine Dragons are confident in their capability and knowledge of pop music, but Origins tries too hard to demonstrate their varied interests with the results generic and indistinct.
  6. 40
    More often than not Origins falls flat, with insipid choruses and melodramatic refrains. Big, bold and a little bit naff, this is another bread and butter album from a mindbogglingly huge group.
  7. Nov 9, 2018
    20
    Any piece that can cover an emotional spectrum ranging from gruff cries all the way to handclaps must have a lot to offer. ... Step aside Nickelback, there’s a new sheriff in town and his name is Imagine Dragons.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 30
  2. Negative: 6 out of 30
  1. Nov 11, 2018
    10
    This album is really great. Despite what some critics say, all tracks from the album are different and likeable in their own way.
  2. Nov 14, 2018
    10
    Ok, I think that this new album is everything that i wanted. I just started to listen the old music of Imagine Dragons, and when OriginsOk, I think that this new album is everything that i wanted. I just started to listen the old music of Imagine Dragons, and when Origins arrived and i heard it, I could remember some rhythms from Night Visions paying homage to his name, like Natural that represents the energy that Radioactive had. Too, this new songs have a good message to explain, like Bad Liar that it's based on Dan Reynolds 's unstable relationship whit his wife. Additionally, Digital is an anthem that has a lot of energy, making a weird song but good for listening (very good). So you can't say that this album is bad just because Imagine Dragons doesn't belongs to your likes, in that case it's wrong to review whitout solid arguments (like some persons do). Expand
  3. Nov 9, 2018
    10
    Very good album, taking even "inspirations" in several bands, very beautiful in both lyrics and rhythm, without any doubt the best album ofVery good album, taking even "inspirations" in several bands, very beautiful in both lyrics and rhythm, without any doubt the best album of Imagine Dragons Expand
  4. Nov 9, 2018
    8
    An introspective album that focus principally on the pure meaning of the songs.
  5. Jan 21, 2019
    7
    7/10
    Not ready to call this a bad album I think it starts to get better as you listen but it is definitely nowhere close to Night Visions and
    7/10
    Not ready to call this a bad album I think it starts to get better as you listen but it is definitely nowhere close to Night Visions and Smoke + Mirrors, I don't even think it's better than Evolve. Songs like Bad Liar, Bullet In A Gun are very deep and song amazing, while Zero and Natural and great but that's basically it. Cool Out is good, Boomerang is Good, Birds is Beautiful but that's all I got for you the rest is weird, confusing to me and lyrics are not deep at all. Most the songs sound the same while the lyrics look the same. At least Evolve told more stories, Mouth of the River, Rise Up, Next To Me, Whatever It Takes are amazing and Believer wasn't bad lyrically was very good. But again that's it, Night Visions and Smoke + Mirrors are head and shoulders over these albums. Night Visions having classics like (Kinda Overrated) Radioactive, Amsterdam, It's Time, On Top Of The World, Nothing Left To Say, Every Night, Bleeding Out and this is just half the album the rest of the songs are also amazing. Then you got my favorite album Smoke + Mirrors which explores Dan Reynolds dark mind and makes me care, Shots was beautiful Gold was good (For the record I think Gold was the worst song on the Album) and from there it just got better with underrated songs like It Comes Back To You, The Fall, Summer, Friction, that are amazing in every way possible, I understand it's hard to compete against these albums but Origins doesn't have that grab, it doesn't make me care, I still think it's not as good as Evolve I would much rather listen to Thunder than Digital and I thought Thunder was the worst song they've ever made, Digital definitely tops that. I don't feel any emotion like I thought I would get after getting Bad Liar, I expected Dan Reynold truely writing his feelings but he didn't it's largely a bunch of heartbreak songs that song and looks the same. Again the only songs that stand out to me were Bad Liar, and Birds, the rest were just good or meh. This is normally not what you get from Imagine Dragons which is why I may seem so frustrated it's because as a fan I definitely am, it's okay to listen to your bads old songs but when you listen to nothing but there old stuff that's a problem. Again not a bad album but definitely not a good one, if your trying to get in to Imagine Dragons I would recommend listening to Night Visions, Smoke + Mirrors and try to listen to some of there EP's like It's Time, Hell and Silence, Imagine Dragons (EP), and Demo EP. 30 Lives is still one of my all-time favorites and everyone should listen to that song.

    Edit: 7/10
    This is my opinion about a week after they released the album and it is definitely worth giving a chance when you truly give each song a fair chance you realize this is a very similar album to there old ones. I now think it is better than Evolve, with the first 8 tracks being pretty good and I still think Digital is complete garbage and Only, Stuck, and Love are all very generic and boring, the Deluxe tracks is what makes this album from being another disappointment to a really good album. It starts off with Birds which is my 4th favorite song on the track it keeps a feel to Smoke + Mirrors definitely with them trying to plant an image of birds flying in your mind. My 3rd favorite song Burn Out is another song that sounds like Smoke + Mirrors I mean it sounds similar to The Unknown, and if you compare the two you really can hear the similarities. Finally, Real Life my favorite song on the album takes me back to It Comes Back To You from Smoke + Mirrors, it feels good and it sounds good you can feel the heart of Dan Reynolds in all 3 of these songs and my 2nd favorite song is Bullet In The Gun which is a lyrical masterpiece, just sounds odd. I definitely don't think this as good as Night Visions or Smoke + Mirrors but it is a step in the right direction from Evolve. And I think it's important I show the opinion a week before and a week after as it will show how much i've changed my mind, it takes time but it's definetly worth listening to. Still would rather listen to Thunder than Digital though...
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  6. Nov 16, 2018
    6
    Origins no cumple la premisa del título del álbum. Intenta volver a los orígenes de Night Visions y Smoke + Mirrors pero en una forma actual,Origins no cumple la premisa del título del álbum. Intenta volver a los orígenes de Night Visions y Smoke + Mirrors pero en una forma actual, con ritmos modernos logrando perder la esencia y el título de ser llamados "Banda de Rock". Si bien hay títulos dentro del álbum (3 ó 4) que te harán estallar, bailar, y dejarte totalmente enfocado y sumergido en la melodia y producción, en sonidos comúnmente buenos, Origins no promete nada, más que ser olvidable. Un trabajo con tan buena producción y composición lírica se vio opacado por referencias electropop bastante malas. Cuando crees que han hecho un buen trabajo, con elementos de sus anteriores álbumes pero, francamente renovado y fresco, llegan a la mitad y tiran todo en una espiral de sonidos y mezclas de ritmos que no terminan de funcionar.
    La voz de Dan por primera vez no pudo hacerlo más rescatable. Buen disco por las entrañas, desde su interior pero inmensamente malo conforme vas al plano y comercial exterior. 6.7 para Imagine Dragons
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  7. Mar 2, 2019
    0
    Degradation. Even in comparison with the previous album, which was not scolded only lazy. If you cut out all the repetitions in the lyricsDegradation. Even in comparison with the previous album, which was not scolded only lazy. If you cut out all the repetitions in the lyrics from this album, each of them will have a maximum of 5-6 lines. In addition, the texts are not only replete with repetitions, but also terribly banal. Probably the worst love lyrics released in 2018. If you listen to their previous works and this one, you might think that these are two different groups that should not stand side by side on the stage. Expand

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