AOTY 2018
Imagine Dragons - Origins
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2018 Ratings: #702 / 705
User Score
Based on 220 ratings
2018 Ratings: #780
November 9, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
KIDinaKORNER, Interscope / Label
Pop Rock / Genres
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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.

70
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.

JoaoSantos
4
This just feels so gross and like it was made for the mainstream audience. This sounds like a total cash grab. It's so generic, so bland, so forgettable and so atrocious. Still, I think they improved from Evolve.

3 points but still an improvement...
Tsareena
48
Anthemic as usual but the writing is so surface level especially on tracks on "Boomerang" and "Zero". Production gets interesting at times but then the obsession with anthemic hooks forces them to do the same repetitive things
BradTasteMusic
27
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
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
musicmagpie55
11
I wanted to give this a chance, but next time I want to 'challenge' myself, I will just go straight to eating glass. The album art looks like an advertisement for NuvaRing, which is probably my favorite part of the album (he is really considering switching up his birth control.)

I Think the toughest part of the album is that you can tell these guys are trying hard to be intense. The problem is they only know how to do it in one way: by forcing these anthemic songs without there being any ... read more
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#56/God Is In The TV

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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