Imagine Dragons - Origins
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2018 Ratings: #848 / 850
User Score
Based on 704 ratings
2018 Ratings: #796
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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
LepardRyan
NR
why are you out here rating an imagine dragons album in 2018
ElectricMess
35
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
PipePanic
20
This is the first Imagine Dragons album I've listened to in full, and I can safely say that I have no desire to listen to anymore. What Imagine Dragons have here is a collection of boring, bland, unoriginal, and grey-feeling pop songs that feel like going to the dentist. And really, isn't that what you want in your pop album? No. That's not what I wan't in my pop. Please stop letting this band define what pop rock is in 2010, because it's too painfully boring to bear.

Favorite Jams: ... read more
heavenlyxbn
50
Meh...

One of the albums that I enjoyed the least on Imagine Dragons, they intend to make a rock heading towards the experimental which the result is a shit, it is incredible how this band does not even have a good album.

Favorite tracks: Cool Out, Only, Stuck.

Least favorite track: West Coast.
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Track List

  1. Natural
  2. Boomerang
  3. Machine
  4. Cool Out
  5. Bad Liar
  6. West Coast
  7. Zero
  8. Bullet In A Gun
  9. Digital
  10. Only
  11. Stuck
  12. Love

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Added on: October 4, 2018