Good MusicNote 2.9 radioactive IMAGINE DRAGONS

A remarkable half-life

single: Radioactive

artist: Imagine Dragons

Over a year after entering the pop charts, these Dragons keep burning them up. And since this record has been hanging out on the media radar for so long, I doubt there’s little new I can add.

But I’ll try. The inspired rock tune has increasingly become an anomaly in the 21st century. Many can be dubbed exciting, creative, solid, powerful, or rockin’, Few have been able to generate the visceral I-dig-that-melody response that catapults a record into the pop stratosphere.

And when a band does find that sweet spot, it can quickly be pelted with ridicule from so-called rock purists (ask Kings of Leon). Were it not for this anti-pop bias in the rock crowd, I’m quite sure P!nk would be a mainstay on all the modern rock stations.

“Radioactive,” with its simmering, slow-motion groove, claims that pop-rock middle ground with authority. And that’s why the Dragons have been blessed with such a monster hit. The electronic elements don’t hurt, either.

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