Last Friday, July 1st, Imagine Dragons fans were celebrating, because finally, after a long time of waiting, the group released their sixth studio album: Mercury: Act 2. The first part was released last year and since then we were all waiting for its continuation.
We could define the new album as a true symbol of love, since most of the songs are dedicated to the wife of Dan Reynolds, the band’s lead singer. The reason for this, as communicated by the vocalist himself, is the enormous unconditional support his wife has given him during a complicated moment in his life.
The album is full of powerful and energetic sounds, although it brings a novelty and it is the group’s experimentation with tropical rhythms, something they had never tried before within the group.
According to the members of Imagine Dragons, Mercury: Act 2 focuses on life after the loss of a loved one. The message focuses on the fact that even though a life is gone, and that generates all the pain in the world, those who are left living must move on. Having a hard time is natural, and healthy, a sign of the connection you have with those who are gone, but your life is still yours alone, and you have to move forward. That’s why the songs are intended to bring, in the band’s own words, “some peace”.
The premiere of the album has been accompanied by Sharks, the single that the guys have chosen to illustrate the whole theme of the album. The song maintains the pop rock style typical of Imagine Dragons in which problems are described as if they were sharks, always on the prowl trying to devour people when they least expect it.
The videoclip stars Dan Reynolds, who appears in Las Vegas as a real white-collar thief trying to steal loot from one of the casinos in the mythical city. But as is evident, getting in is not easy. So the group stars in the heist of their lives in a very cinematic style, with the classic laser lights of the movies and the surprising touch: a pool full of sharks.
The Mercury Tour is already underway, as are all the members of Imagine Dragons, who together with this new album have a great message to share about a situation that each and every one of us will experience at some point in our lives.