A prison where the sun never dies


By Mugdha Chandrika

songAshes and dust is all that the American rock band Imagine Dragons narrated in their track ‘Radioactive’. This track came out in 2012 as the only single from the album titled ‘Continued Silence’ and ‘Night Visions’. It is needless to say that the song has some interesting lyrics that obviously welcome you to the new age, a different world.

‘Radioactive’ is stated to be a hybrid of alternative and electronic rock with an essence of dub step, hence the music has a very curious beat, containing a mixture of emotions — both negative and positive.

The first stanza talks about the experience you have when you get into a world full of ash and dust. The skin covered with rust gets sweaty and breathing in the chemicals feel like dwelling in a destroyed world or you can say in a prison bus. The environment that has been portrayed certainly relates to the feeling of being a prisoner. The ‘Imagine Dragons’ termed it, an apocalypse.

The second stanza continues the view of how you feel living in this world. But even in such devastation, you find ways to recover. To quote the most intriguing part of the song, it would be the fourth stanza saying, ‘All systems go, sun hasn’t died’, referring to being hopeful in the state of deterioration and destruction. So no matter how much of your systems go off, the sun hasn’t died, as the hope hasn’t died yet.

However, the track is stated to be one of the most electronically influenced songs of the album. You feel a mixture of darkness and light with despair and dream. Even after waking up in the apocalyptic world, the sun — the driving force in you never dies. Regarding the track, the lead vocalist Dan Reynolds said, ‘Radioactive, to me, it’s very masculine, powerful-sounding song, and the lyrics behind it, there’s a lot of personal story behind it, but generally speaking, it’s a song about having an awakening; kind of waking up one day and deciding to do something new, and see life in a fresh way’.

The track was meant to be the greatest hit, and it did become one. Radioactive started with a lower rank on the billboard chart but later in 2013, it speeded up to make it to number seven then to number four and finally reached to the second position as the summer song in billboard chart.

Besides, ‘Radioactive’ also dominated the chart by being on it for 87 weeks which broke the all-time chart longevity record.

Mugdha Chandrika is a student of University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh.




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