Imagine Dragons Drop 'Mercury—Act 1': 'It's A Celebration Of Life'
By Emily Lee
September 3, 2021
On Friday (September 3), Imagine Dragons released their highly anticipated fifth studio album Mercury—Act 1. It's been three years since the group released new music. Ever since Dan Reynolds, Wayne Sermon, Ben McKee and Daniel Platzman released Origins back in 2018, fans have been eagerly awaiting new music.
"We spent the last three years working on this record," Imagine Dragons wrote on Instagram. "Life has been incredibly hard for everyone around the world. We have all felt the loneliness. We've all felt the solidarity. We've all felt the fear. This album is meant to be a source of happiness."
"Though it dives into moments of grief and searching, at its core, it is a celebration of life and humanity," the post continued. "Though life feels incredibly fragile and finite, we are still alive. And that is a blessing indeed. We have each other. Our only hope is that these songs bring you some sort of refuge and peace. We love and miss you and look forward to seeing you on the road soon."
For Mercury—Act1, Imagine Dragons teamed up with producer Rick Rubin. According to a press release, fans can expect "a candid album that abandons metaphorically charged lyrics and instead embraces emotional extremities, holding nothing back." The title of the album is inspired by the word “mercurial," which means "a person subject to sudden or unpredictable changes of mood or mind."
Here's the full tracklist for Mercury—Act 1:
- My Life
- Easy Come Easy Go
- It’s Ok
- Dull Knives
- Follow You
- No Time for Toxic People
- One Day
Imagine Dragons will celebrate Mercury - Act 1 during their exclusive iHeartRadio Album Release Party on Wednesday, September 8th at 10pm ET/7pm PT. The band will perform some of their new music live for the first time, as well as talk about Mercury - Act 1 and more during an exclusive Q&A session. Fans can tune in free for a stream of the concert via LiveXLive, on LiveXLive.com or the LiveXLive app. Fans can also listen to the show via iHeartRadio's Alternative Radio station.