There’s a popular misconception that bumblebees should not be able to fly. And although they, indeed, do it in a rather fumbling manner, they don’t seem to care in the least about our scientific research regarding the matter in question nor what we generally have to say about their lives. They just do what they want. We all should have the same sense of freedom, yet some of us, due to an array of different circumstances, don’t have enough courage. Imagine Dragons, with the third studio album in their career, care to motivate us to just be like bumblebees and go after whatever it is our hearts desire.
All the music lovers and Imagine Dragons fans, myself included, received Evolve with excitement and appreciation, whereas critics gave it a mauling. I read all the bad reviews in disbelief, immediately feeling the familiar rush of inspiration to write my own. For instance, comparing artists and bands and indicating that this Imagine Dragons’ song sounds like the Killers and that song channels a lot from Toto’s “Africa” is just pointless. We live in a time when the demand for new smashing hits goes through the roof which pushes some artists to release their albums almost in bulk. There are always going to be similarities between bands and their material. Instead, let’s focus on what’s truly important in music, shall we?
“First things first, I’ma say all the words inside my head”. Imagine Dragons have mastered the art of poetry as if it had been hardwired in their hearts since the day they were born. Dan Reynolds and his crew are perfectly aware that words can either built you up or break you down so they use them wisely. All the metaphors and linguistic creativity on Evolve have been carefully constructed for the sole purpose of motivating us to be bold and follow our dreams. You know, like bumblebees do. “Second things second, don’t you tell me what you think that I could be, I’m the one at the sail, I’m the master of my sea”. Oh, nonconformity! How important you are to every artistic soul. Especially in the entertainment business that is all about profit these days. Wild hearts, decorated with one or two cracks and scars, will never care about the mundane outcome of art. Instead, they will use its healing powers to reinvent themselves and rise above all the pain they’ve experienced. “My love, my life, my drive, it came from pain”. And this is a significant element of Imagine Dragons’ artistry that critics just miss in their reviews.
The truth of the matter is, Evolve actually addresses all the people who might stand in our way to success. “Who do you think you are? Dreaming ’bout being a big star, (…) now I’m smiling from the stage”. A lot of people still don’t believe bumblebees should fly. So what? They will do it anyway. If you believe in something, if it makes you happy, by all means, go in that direction my friend! If the devil himself whispers to your ear that you are not strong enough to withstand the storm, be the storm yourself and sing, “thunder, feel the thunder, lighting then the thunder!”. Your wings might be small and you may have a lot to carry, yet if bumblebees can fly against all odds, you can too.