10 January 2014 – Imagine Dragons – Radioactive – over on Wicked Guilty Pleasures

There are a lot of songs out there that I don’t want to like.  This is one of them.  I mean, it’s over the top, preachy, and somewhat annoying.

And yet, these very aspects that make the song one that I don’t want to like are exactly what make it likeable.  The over-the-top nature of the song gives it an epic feel, different than a lot of other stuff on pop radio.  For sure, it’s percussion-heavy, and Dan Reynolds needs to have a big enough voice to overcome that, which he does successfully. It’s preachy, sure, but it does so in such a way that is catchy.

OK, I can’t explain away annoying.  I guess it just grew on me.  Either that, or I’m a sucker for a music video with Lou Diamond Phillips and stuffed animals.

Still not convinced?  I urge you to check out this live version of the song.  First of all, it’s in a slightly different key and it still works.  Second of all, the big arena environment really lends itself well for such a huge, epic song.  Finally, the band added both dubstep-y elements and a strings solo to the song, which, in my opinion, really enhance it. 

This post was originally posted on Wicked Guilty Pleasures, at http://sobadforyou.blogspot.com/2014/01/10-january-2014-imagine-dragons.html. Please check it out over there!


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