Mercury - Act 1

Imagine Dragons - Mercury - Act 1
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
2021 Ratings: #576 / 584
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Based on 414 ratings
2021 Ratings: #741
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The Young Folks

Mercury Act-1 is a real work of art. It is powerful and poignant, explosive and intense and dramatic; a true and important story tied into a simple collection of music.


While the overall tone and narrative could use a little polishing, Mercury: Act 1 is a huge step forward in their maturation process.


Despite the ostensibly humanizing presence of Rick Rubin, rock’s patron saint of prestige, these quintessentially Vegas showmen still sound like they’re firing their emotions out of a T-shirt cannon.

Evening Standard

There’ll be a few songs that you might like, and a few you’ll hate violently too.

By the end, you’re left wishing that Imagine Dragons had kept a closer focus on some of ‘Mercury – Act 1”s more powerful moments, and fully unpacked the feelings that songs like ‘Wrecked’ and ‘They Don’t Know You Like I Do’ dig into.
Genuinely the worst Imagine Dragons album. My ears have been assaulted by this thing. This album is so gutless and watered down, that I often forgot I was listening to Imagine Dragons. This album is beyond generic. Beyond boring, and the moments that aren't boring are absolutely horrific. The screaming had me cackling it was so awful. What a mess
Imagine Dragons album, and somehow surprised. It's a band that I've always hoped to see something decent, as they are good musicians and the vocalist is VERY GOOD.

Throughout their discography, the impression they leave me is that there is always someone from the record company putting the gun to their head saying what they have or not to do, then there are always TERRIBLE songs like everything they've released so far.

Few songs can be saved from this band, precisely because they NEVER did ... read more
Rick Rubin puts Imagine Dragons back on track.

After Evolve and Origins, expecting an Imagine Dragons album to be a bland watered down version of pop-rock/pop was a given for most. The band didn't do much to turn things around with their music for a long time.

And this album was their last chance to turn things around, to finally show that the potential of their first 2 records wasn't gone, did they do it?

Yeah. Now look, I know, it's Imagine Dragons, and I also know that everybody saw this ... read more
The 2010’s found a successor to Nickelback in the form of Imagine Dragons, specifically in the sense that despite being one of the biggest mainstream “rock” bands of their time with many of the decade’s biggest hits, they somehow founded themselves exiting said decade being the most hated rock band of that time. It became immediately clear that Dan Reynolds and company were ashamed and embarrassed of how not cool they were, and it seems like they came into the studio for ... read more
he tripped :(
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Added on: June 30, 2021