I’m a firm believer in the adage, “If you have nothing to say, say nothing”. And, when I started this blog post, I had nothing to say about Imagine Dragons. So it came as a bit of a shock to discover that they were phenomenally successful in the 2010s, especially in the U.S. They had several chart-topping singles and long runs in the album charts, but perhaps the most telling statistic is that they were the most streamed group of 2018 on Spotify.
The Dragons have peeped out from the aural undergrowth at Crotchety Mansions occasionally, but we never paid much attention to them. Their songs are pleasant enough, but there was nothing to grab the attention of a casual listener. A bit like Coldplay or Oasis. Perhaps that explains both their popularity and the lukewarm response of the critics.
Am I being unfair to one of the biggest groups of the last decade? You can judge for yourself with this video of Nothing Left To Say from their first album, Night Visions.
I do like the rich sound of the viola at the end of the track. And that’s all I have to say this time around.