A Pop Song(s) Review: Counting Stars vs. Demons

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  1. So because Imagine Dragons wrote one song you dislike means that they’ve “sold out?” Too bad that phrase has lost all meaning in the modern music industry, where anybody who has any publicity at all has already “sold out” to some degree.
    Do artists put out mediocre material because they want or need the money? Yes, sometimes. Does that mean everything you think is mediocre was just put out there for the money? That’s a bit of a stretch.
    Am I getting upset and verbose just because I happen to like Demons? Probably.

    Yeah, the lyrics were corny bordering on storybook in how they were structured, but they’re still thoughtful – “When the saints we see are all made of gold” really sets the tone for the song (a setting where the only good people in the world are dead and remembered in statues).
    Could they have done some sort of hardcore organ beat to emphasize the religious overtones of the song? Maybe, but I think the idea was to create a somber and even lonely-sounding song without abandoning the sound that made them popular (and I’m not sure how they could have kept their sound while at the same time evoking the demonic imagery and aesthetic that you expected).

    I guess I’m mostly defending it because I like the lyrics. Does the song’s existence mean that Imagine Dragons is doomed to a downward spiral of “sell out-itude”? No. Not every work of art is going to be perfect, but even a miss by Imagine Dragons is better than a hit by an artist like Kesha, in my opinion.

    • Nostalgia Goddess

      You are completely right. I happen to like both these songs, though I don’t like Counting Stars as avidly, or as much as I happen to like Demons. I always got the impression that the song was made to be depressed, then building up to something tortured and louder.

      Also, not all songs are meant to be fun or loud, or exciting. Some songs are teary and emotional and depressing. Does that make them bad, or sell outs? No. It just makes them a different type of song. And what’s wrong with that?

  2. Todd jumped the gun on this. Imagine Dragon’s new single is the sellout track, and much blander than Demons.

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