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Evolve (Imagine Dragons album)

Evolve (stylized as ƎVOLVE) is the third studio album by American rock band Imagine Dragons, released on June 23, 2017 through KIDinaKORNER and Interscope Records. The album is the band's new material follow-up to their second studio album, Smoke + Mirrors.

Evolve
ImagineDragonsEvolve.jpg
Studio album by Imagine Dragons
Released June 23, 2017
Recorded September 2016 – May 2017
Studio Imagine Dragons Studio
(Las Vegas, Nevada)
Genre Pop rock
Length 39:12
Label
Producer
Imagine Dragons chronology
Smoke + Mirrors
(2015)Smoke + Mirrors2015
Evolve
(2017)
Live at AllSaints Studios
(2017)Live at AllSaints Studios2017
Singles from Evolve
  1. "Believer"
    Released: February 1, 2017
  2. "Thunder"
    Released: April 27, 2017
  3. "Whatever It Takes"
    Released: October 6, 2017[1]

After the release of Smoke + Mirrors and its respective world tour, a self-imposed hiatus for 2016 and cryptic messages from the band through their social media gained anticipation for their third album. The album was finally announced on May 9, with the initiation of the album's pre-order. In comparison to Night Visions and Smoke + Mirrors, frontman Dan Reynolds explained that the album would be an "evolution for Imagine Dragons".

The album peaked at number 2 on the Billboard 200, and received mixed reviews from critics. The album was promoted by three singles: "Believer", "Thunder", and "Whatever It Takes", as well as a world tour produced by Live Nation and supported with Grouplove and K.Flay that started in September 2017.

Contents

BackgroundEdit

In February 2016, after the success of their second album Smoke + Mirrors and a ten month long world tour, the members of Imagine Dragons vowed to take time off from the band. In an interview with Billboard, lead singer Dan Reynolds stated that the group would be on hiatus for the remainder of the year, explaining "We [Imagine Dragons] haven't stopped in, like, six years, so we've forced ourselves to at least take a year off."[2] Throughout 2016, the band contributed songs to the soundtracks for Me Before You, Suicide Squad and Passengers, as well as playing at several shows.

The band first began teasing their third album on September 13, 2016, with a picture of guitarist Wayne Sermon in the band's recording studio and continued releasing cryptic messages over the next four months. On January 24, 2017, the band tweeted "goodnight +",[3] effectively ending the Smoke + Mirrors album cycle.

CompositionEdit

Reynolds had noted that the album, compared to Night Visions and Smoke + Mirrors, is "an evolution for Imagine Dragons".[4] The album's sound has been described as pop rock[5] while containing elements of R&B, hip hop and EDM.[6][7]

PromotionEdit

In the months leading up to the album's release, Imagine Dragons used the caption "ƎE" in multiple social media posts. The group announced the title of their third album on May 8, and started the album pre-order along with the release of "Whatever It Takes" at 9 PM PT.

SinglesEdit

Starting on January 28, the band tweeted a series of four videos to tease the album's first single. The time-lapse videos featured lead singer Dan Reynolds drawing surreal images on a drawing pad. Morse code was hidden in the videos and translated to "objects of same color". On February 1, "Believer" was released as the lead single. To promote the single, it was used in a Super Bowl LI commercial for the Nintendo Switch. It was also used in the trailer for the 2017 film Murder on the Orient Express. The song has since peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100.[8] Its music video starring Reynolds and actor Dolph Lundgren was released on March 7.[9]

On April 27, "Thunder" was released as the second single. It has so far peaked at number four on the Hot 100.[8] The music video was filmed in Dubai and directed by Joseph Kahn, and was released on May 2.[10]

On October 6, "Whatever It Takes" was released as the third single in UK and later in the US.[1] It was initially released as the album's first promotional single, debuting and peaking at number 92 on the Hot 100.[8]

Promotional singlesEdit

On June 15, "Walking the Wire" was made available for download with any purchase from the band's online shop.[11]

TourEdit

On May 9, 2017, the band announced on Twitter the Evolve World Tour,[12] which is slated to start on September 26, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. The tour will be produced by Live Nation, with Grouplove and K.Flay as special guests.[13]

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
AnyDecentMusic? 4.6/10[14]
Metacritic 47/100[15]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic      [7]
The Guardian      [16]
The Independent      
The Irish Times      [5]
London Evening Standard      [17]
Newsday B+[6]
NME      [18]
Rolling Stone      [19]
State      [20]
The Times      [21]

Evolve received a weighted average score of 47/100 based on seven reviews at Metacritic, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[15] In a three-out-of-five-star review from NME, Alex Flood wrote: "This latest effort might represent a small progression, but it's far from an evolution."[18] Hannah J Davies of The Guardian gave the album two stars out of five, calling the album "lifeless electronic-tinged arena rock".[16]

Commercial performanceEdit

Evolve debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 with 147,000 album-equivalent units, of which 109,000 were pure album sales.[22] It is Imagine Dragons' third top five album.[22] On October 31, 2017, the album was certified Platinum by the RIAA.[23]

Track listingEdit

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "I Don't Know Why" Mattman & Robin 3:10
2. "Whatever It Takes"
Little 3:21
3. "Believer"
  • Reynolds
  • Sermon
  • McKee
  • Platzman
  • Fredriksson
  • Larsson
  • Tranter
Mattman & Robin 3:24
4. "Walking the Wire"
  • Reynolds
  • Sermon
  • McKee
  • Platzman
  • Fredriksson
  • Larsson
  • Tranter
Mattman & Robin 3:52
5. "Rise Up"
Hill 3:51
6. "I'll Make It Up to You"
  • Reynolds
  • Sermon
  • McKee
  • Platzman
  • Tim Randolph
Randolph 4:22
7. "Yesterday"
3:25
8. "Mouth of the River"
  • Reynolds
  • Sermon
  • McKee
  • Platzman
  • Tim Randolph
Randolph 3:41
9. "Thunder"
  • Reynolds
  • Sermon
  • McKee
  • Platzman
  • Grant
  • DeZuzio
  • Alex da Kid
  • DeZuzio
3:07
10. "Start Over"
  • Reynolds
  • Sermon
  • McKee
  • Platzman
  • Fredriksson
  • Larsson
  • Tranter
Mattman & Robin 3:06
11. "Dancing in the Dark"
  • Reynolds
  • Sermon
  • McKee
  • Platzman
  • Grant
Alex da Kid 3:53
Total length: 39:12

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Austria (IFPI Austria)[53] Gold 7,500*
France (SNEP)[54] Gold 50,000*
Italy (FIMI)[55] Gold 25,000*
Poland (ZPAV)[56] Gold 10,000*
Sweden (GLF)[57] Gold 20,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[58] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[59] Platinum 1,000,000 

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
 sales+streaming figures based on certification alone

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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