“Believer” is an unapologetic, honest, and wildly addictive song which signals the return of Imagine Dragons from their string of soundtrack based releases. The band has come a long way from their debut album Night Visions, their music evolving in ways that have either divided fans, or attracted them in droves.
It’s been only a few months since the release of their songs for the Suicide Squad and Passengers soundtracks, yet those songs gave little hint about what was to come. “Believer” reminds one of previous tracks like “Warriors”, but taken to a more personal level. Imagine Dragons has been labelled as alternative/indie, and you can really hear the band embracing that, with their alternative rock and pop fusing together on a grander scale to create this emotional explosion of sound.
“Believer” starts out strong with a marching beat, and the straightforwardly provocative “First things first / I’ma say all the words inside my head / I’m fired up and tired of the way that things have been”. It instantly alerts you that you’re in for a song about someone who’s just done with the world. It’s a seductive mixture of drawn out oh-ooh’s and pain’s, contrasted with snappy lyrics. The chorus takes on an anthemic quality as Dan Reynolds chants “You made me a, you made me a believer, believer” which becomes more hypnotic the longer you listen. Reynolds delivers each word with a firm and clear voice over the rushing instrumentals, as he describes a baptism of suppression and pain, and the freedom that follows.
What the believer believes in is left more ambiguous; is this a believer in the beauty of life despite hardships? In every new day having the potential for greatness? In the ability to overcome impossible odds? The listener is left to create their own interpretation based on their own experiences and pains.
Hopefully relief in the form of a third album isn’t too far off, because “Believer” is a powerful single that leaves me hitting replay and craving to hear more.
Photo Credit: Colin Stutz