Origins (Imagine Dragons album)

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Studio album by Imagine Dragons
ReleasedNovember 9, 2018 (2018-11-09)
Imagine Dragons chronology
Live at AllSaints Studios
Singles from Origins
  1. "Natural"
    Released: July 17, 2018
  2. "Zero"
    Released: September 19, 2018
  3. "Machine"
    Released: October 31, 2018
  4. "Bad Liar"
    Released: November 6, 2018

Origins is the fourth studio album by American rock band Imagine Dragons, released on November 9, 2018 by Kidinakorner, Polydor Records[1] and Interscope Records.

The album was produced by the band members themselves, frequent collaborator Alex da Kid, Mattman & Robin, John Hill, Joel Little, and Jayson DeZuzio, who produced a majority of the band's previous effort, Evolve (2017), as well as Jorgen Odegard. Frontman Dan Reynolds described Origins as a "sister album" to Evolve, and that it would complete a cycle of their music.

Origins has received generally mixed reviews from critics, with some claiming that the album is an improvement from their previous work Evolve. The album was preceded by four singles: "Natural", "Zero", "Machine", and "Bad Liar".


On July 17, 2018, "Natural" was released as the lead single. To promote the single, it was chosen by ESPN as the anthem of the 2018 College Football season. The song has since peaked at number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100.[2][3] Its music video starring the band was released on August 24, 2018.[4]

On September 19, 2018, "Zero" was released as the second single. The song is featured in the upcoming Disney animated film Ralph Breaks the Internet and was included in its second official trailer.[5] The music video, which takes place in an arcade and includes several references to the film, was released on October 23, 2018. The song peaked at number 10 on the Billboard Hot Rock Songs chart.[6]

On October 31, 2018, Imagine Dragons released the third single off the album, "Machine".[7]

On November 6, 2018, "Bad Liar" was released as the fourth single.[8]


The group announced the title of their fourth album on October 3, 2018, via social media. The album was put up for pre-order that same day. There are two versions of the album: a standard version which includes 12 songs, and a deluxe version which includes 15 songs.

On October 20, 2018, the band revealed the track listing for the standard version of the album on Twitter.[9] The next day, they revealed the track listing for the deluxe album.[10]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[13]
The Daily Campus3.5/5 stars[14]
Digital JournalA[15]
The Guardian2/5 stars[16]
The Heights3.5/5 stars[17]
The Independent4/5 stars[18]
The Irish Times2/5 stars[19]
Newsday3.5/4 stars[20]
NME2/5 stars[21]

At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, Origins has an average score of 55 based on nine reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[12] The Independent gave the album a positive review, stating that "Origins is further proof of Reynolds' pop songwriting capabilities and also his ambition when it comes to pushing the messages that matter onto the charts. And there's no doubting his sincerity. It's a refreshing quality in a pop frontman."[18] Newsday also gave the album a positive review, saying this: "It's no wonder that "Origins" sounds like the start of something even bigger for Imagine Dragons."[20] Digital Journal gave the album a highly positive review, saying "Overall, the new Imagine Dragons album is highly eclectic. There is something in it for every music fan. Dan Reynolds and the band never disappoint."[15] The Heights gave the album a positive review, stating "While the album may sound bombastic and derivative to critics, Origins' eclectic song list is sure to be an instant crowd-pleaser and will impress in the inevitable stadium tour."[17] Yet another positive review came from The Daily Campus, which stated that "Imagine Dragons has once again shown why they are one of the most popular rock bands in the world with "Origins" including a plethora of contagious rock-pop anthems that will have fans singing their hearts out across the country."[14]

A more mixed review came from AllMusic, which noted that "the group takes pains to be able to fit onto every kind of playlist imaginable: rock, pop, electronic, soul-any popular sound that can be sculpted and shaped by a streaming service" and that "everything sounds vaguely familiar, vaguely connected, all designed to function as a soundtrack to whatever task you'd like".[13] Pitchfork also gave the album a mixed review, stating "Reynolds has a story to tell, but the music fails to be the ideal delivery system."[22] The Guardian gave the album a negative review, stating that "the most streamed rock band in the world may want us to believe that they are angry philosophers, but the reality doesn't change a gilt-edged mainstream formula."[16] The Irish Times was also strongly critical, lambasting the album as a "muddled and incoherent mess with all of the best intentions".[19] NME also gave a negative review, stating "scattershot and uninspired, 'Origins', the fourth album from the bafflingly popular Imagine Dragons, make for a grueling listen."[21]

Track listing[edit]

1."Natural"Mattman & Robin3:09
  • Reynolds
  • McKee
  • Sermon
  • Platzman
  • Jorgen Odegard
Da Kid3:01
4."Cool Out"
  • Reynolds
  • McKee
  • Sermon
  • Platzman
  • Timothy Randolph
  • Randolph
  • Mattman & Robin
5."Bad Liar"
6."West Coast"
  • Reynolds
  • McKee
  • Sermon
  • Platzman
Imagine Dragons3:37
7."Zero" (from Ralph Breaks the Internet)
8."Bullet in a Gun"
  • Reynolds
  • McKee
  • Sermon
  • Platzman
  • Da Kid
  • Jayson DeZuzio
  • Da Kid
  • DeZuzio
  • Reynolds
  • McKee
  • Sermon
  • Platzman
  • Grant
da Kid3:21
  • Reynolds
  • McKee
  • Sermon
  • Platzman
  • Mattman & Robin
  • Tranter
Mattman & Robin3:00
  • Reynolds
  • McKee
  • Sermon
  • Platzman
  • Da Kid
  • DeZuzio
  • Da Kid
  • DeZuzio
Total length:40:02


  • Dan Reynolds – lead and backing vocals; keyboards, acoustic guitar, percussion
  • Wayne Sermon – electric guitar, percussion, acoustic guitar, violin, backing vocals
  • Ben McKee – bass guitar, percussion, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Daniel Platzman – drums, viola, percussion, backing vocals


Chart (2018) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[24] 4
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[25] 6
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[26] 7
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[27] 3
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[28] 6
Irish Albums (IRMA)[29] 11
Italian Albums (FIMI)[30] 5
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[31] 3
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[32] 2
Scottish Albums (OCC)[33] 13
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[34] 2
UK Albums (OCC)[35] 9


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