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Riff: Imagine Dragons – “Radioactive”

Feb 13, 2013

I raise my flags, don my clothes/It’s a revolution, I suppose/We’ll paint it red to fit right in/Whoa

from Radioactive lyrics by Imagine Dragons

Imagine Dragons attempt a deeper meaning, here, but because they hold back it softens the impact. The tentative message tries to veil itself with quasi-gritty instrumentation, but there’s nothing mysterious or edgy about it. It’s simply a faltering message with no backbone.

Riff by Jeff Min

Jeff Min is a Chicago-based writer at SONGLYRICS. His work has appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, Hi-Fructose, Wax Poetics, SLAM, and HOOP.

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