Imagine Dragons - Origins
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2018 Ratings: #849 / 851
User Score
Based on 757 ratings
2018 Ratings: #832
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
The Independent

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.

60
AllMusic

Listening to Origins uncannily re-creates what it's like to experience-or maybe more accurately, consume-popular rock-oriented music in 2018: everything sounds vaguely familiar, vaguely connected, all designed to function as a soundtrack to whatever task you'd like.

53
Pitchfork

Since their songs scan like a competent survey of the entirety of mid-aughts pop rock, there’s no real personality to identify within the songs. Origins wants to conversate with the current moment, but it never amounts to a coherent statement.

50
PopMatters

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.

40
The Guardian

If they really are troubled by their success or how they’re perceived, their dark night of the soul looks set to continue apace: cliches, cod profundities and all, Origins sounds like another vast hit.

40
NME
Scattershot and uninspired, ‘Origins’, the fourth album from the bafflingly popular Imagine Dragons, makes for a gruelling listen.
22
GIGsoup
This is background music that your finger can blindly navigate towards the “Add To Playlist” button to.
20
Sputnikmusic

Origins is an album that seemingly has it all. Any piece that can cover an emotional spectrum ranging from gruff cries all the way to handclaps must have a lot to offer.

BradTasteMusic
12

I’ll start with positives about this album since all it seems to be getting is bandwagoned hate (certainly not disagreeing or saying I would do any different, but it is easy to rate an album super low when everyone else is calling it total garbage.)

+The transitions between songs are very pleasant. The album has a really nice flow to it. I enjoyed how songs moved from A to B.

+The vocals certainly are not nearly as lifeless as they felt on Evolve.

+Production sounds quite expensive, ... read more

ElectricMess
NR

Imagine Dragons' most impressive talent is making 40 minutes feel like two hours

Favorite Track: Cool Out

Least Favorite Tracks: Boomerang, Zero, Machine, Only, Digital

LepardRyan
NR

why are you out here rating an imagine dragons album in 2018

Brando
45

So, this album… it is pretty meh. This album is the fourth album by Imagine Dragons, who I’ve mentioned are one of my favorite bands. This album came out after Evolve, which… I didn’t like all that much and is probably my least favorite album by them. Is Origins better than Evolve? Yes, but that isn’t saying much, because I still don’t like it.

The production is terrible. It isn’t mixed well and you can’t hear everything clearly. It gets quite ... read more

wildejellyfish
48

AS OF 8/12/2021, MY FOURTH FAVOURITE IMAGINE DRAGONS ALBUM

The biggest surprise when it comes to this album is that I liked it a fair bit more than Evolve, which seems to be a heavily unpopular opinion but the thing is, you can see the score, it's not saying much at all. Like Evolve, this one's a mess, with some tracks showing glimmers of hope for what could be a great album experience as a whole and then others that painfully squander any chances of that. This album features interesting ... read more

abigaila
0

i know "hate" is a strong word or whatever, but they deserve it

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Track List

1Natural
3:09
73
2Boomerang
3:07
44
3Machine
3:01
57
4Cool Out
3:37
53
5Bad Liar
4:20
50
6West Coast
3:37
40
7Zero
3:30
33
8Bullet In A Gun
3:24
44
9Digital
3:21
29
10Only
3:00
36
11Stuck
3:10
28
12Love
2:46
39
Total Length: 40 minutes

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Added on: October 4, 2018