• Madelyn Sipola

Imagine Dragons’, “Mercury Act 1,” album review


Album art of Imagine Dragons newest music release. Photo courtesy of Amazon.com.

After three years, Imagine Dragons has finally released their new album, “Mercury Act 1.”

Back in 2018, Imagine Dragons released their album, “Origins,” and then went “off the radar'' until this past year. The band consists of lead singer Dan Reynolds, guitarist Wayne Sermon, bassist Ben McKee and drummer Daniel Platzman.

Imagine Dragons is my favorite band, so I have been waiting for this album to come out. After they released their single, “Wrecked,” it had me super excited for the new album because I loved the song.

Unfortunately, “Mercury Act 1” was a miss for me. There were numerous songs where they utilized “screamo” verses and that music is not something I am interested in.

Imagine Dragons is known for music that is very loud, but when someone is screaming into my ear, I am not a fan. It also did not seem to fit some of the songs like it was a random choice. It is like "screamo" was used in songs to portray the mass emotion and meaning associated with the album. Yet, to me, the lyrics are what make me love a song, not the tone.

The only songs from the album that I liked were the first three: “My Life,” “Lonely” and “Wrecked.” After those songs, the album went entirely downhill.

Although this album was not for me, there were lots of deep meanings behind the songs. “Wrecked” is about the passing of Reynolds’ sister-in-law who was battling cancer. “Follow You” and “Cutthroat” are about the decision of Reynolds and his wife, Aja Volkman, getting married again after already being divorced.

There is such beauty behind this album and deep meaning that I can only come to appreciate.

“Evolve” will always be the reigning album for me especially if Imagine Dragons continue to make music like the songs from “Mercury Act 1.”

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