Radioactive (track) by Imagine Dragons

Radioactive
Radioactive by Imagine Dragons (2012)
From the album Night Visions (track #1)
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IMAGINE DRAGONS - NIGHT VISIONS - CD ALBUM - RADIOACTIVE/ TIPTOE / DEMONS +
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IMAGINE DRAGONS Radioactive CD Single BRAND NEW SEALED include It's Time 2 Trks
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Universal Music's RADIOACTIVE [2 CDs, 2014] NEW! 40 hits / Bastille, Haim, 1975
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From poppmusic 12/07/2015 10:13
I really like this track. I'm dissappointed this band sucks so much other than their singles, because I think the singles are...really emblematic of the age!
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From soundguardian 06/25/2013 05:23
This single of Imagine Dragon's debut album Night Visions dropped into radio waves in April 2012 and has not shown many signs of deteriorating in airplay. Perhaps the band's greatest calling card thus far, the song centers around insurgent, cleansing, and cataclysmic themes, and is driven by a pulse-pounding electro-dubstep beat.

"Radioactive" has a much darker and glorious tone than the band's other work, which is demonstrated well by the lyricism and the execution. The piece opens with a satisfyingly pretty acoustic intro until the beat bursts onto the scene and shit goes down. Eerie supporting vocals pervade in the background and the texture is held together with buzzing electronic sounds that sound perfect. And then a sudden suspenseful pause as the singer breathes in --

-- and then out. There's a sudden release of tension, that's surprisingly affecting and relieving. The greatest thing about the track is how lead singer and frontman Dan Reynold's voice shines. This is especially true during that insanely triumphant chorus, which spearheads the entire creative direction of the song, while also linking the musical composition with the meaning behind this "radioactive" narrator.

The focus is on an upheaval of a system or a metamorphosis in some thread of society, a change which means doom for the status quo. And it's all starting with the narrator's new-found sense of proactive licence. The analogy being, that "he's breathing in [some sort of] chemicals" which give him fortitude to start a "revolution" or an "apocalypse". There's even imagery related to blood spilt - whether metaphorical or not - when referencing the premise of "painting red" the flags and clothes of tumult.

So what does it mean to be "radioactive"? Radioactive decay occurs due to instability in an atom's chemical integrity. The nucleus sprays out energetic, ionized particles (like alpha particle, beta particles, and gamma rays). The narrator's implying that he's becoming so volatile and unpredictable, like radioactive materials, that change is invariable, regardless of if his listeners like it or not. And with that memorable hook, I can't help but believe him. It's assuredly a powerful canticle heralding drastic measures.
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From Romanelli 06/20/2013 20:09
A very big anthem sounding track. "Welcome to the new age"...could be better. Could be a lot worse.
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