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Riff: Imagine Dragons – “Radioactive”

Jan 3, 2013

It’s a revolution, I suppose/Paint it red to fit right in

from Radioactive lyrics by Imagine Dragons

“Radioactive” has the most tasteful implementation of dubstep-inspired bass-synths into pop that I’ve heard, subtle enough to not seem too much like blatant fad-jumping. This slow, wubby groove fits the nuclear holocaust, “ready for the new age” sentiment as we end 2012; accessibly interesting.

  • Cat

    I don’t know what song YOU are listening to, but it’s about a man coming out of prison after a long sentence…

    • Karl

      I see the one sentence talking about “checking out on the prison bus,” but there’s also the spots where he’s “radioactive,” he sweats rust, and he straight-up says “this is it, the apocalypse.” To me, while he may be getting out of jail, it seems there is definitely a nuclear holocaust going on also, and that is the main gist of the track (at least that’s the metaphor he’s going with).

Riff by Karl Ernest

Karl is a Seattle-based musician and writer at SONGLYRICS; a veteran of both east and west-coast scenes, he has performed with the likes of The Ying Yang Twins, David Arquette, Wynton Marsalis, among others. But he's no stranger to seedy dives or house shows, either.

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