Imagine Dragons — Demons (song review)

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Hot on the heels of Imagine Dragons’ massive hit “Radioactive” is “Demons,” currently at #17 and rising on Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart. It’s always a challenge for a band to follow-up a big hit — especially when it’s their first — but “Demons” should be up to the task, simply because it’s a better song.

“Demons,” like “Radioactive,” owes a great debt to Death Cab for Cutie.  But where “Radioactive” at times — most of the time, actually — felt derivative, “Demons” adds more of an arena-ready twist that should go over well on mainstream radio.

The song begins with only a keyboard and singer Dan Reynolds, before exploding into the chorus of “when you feel my heat / look into my eyes / it’s where my demons hide.”  The song’s alternation between quiet and loud isn’t necessarily new, but the bursts of volume work well in a song about the demons that can suddenly appear in one’s life.

“Demons” is a better song than “Radioactive,” but it’s yet to be seen if the record-buying (or internet-radio-listening?) public will agree.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Ryan King

Author: Ryan King

Ryan King began covering music in 2004 for the Arrow, the student newspaper at Southeast Missouri State University, eventually becoming Managing Editor at that publication. He is also the former Music Editor for OFF! Magazine, an alternative publication published by the Southeast Missourian. Ryan began writing for The Music Universe in 2013. He currently resides in central Missouri.

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