Imagine Dragons, J Balvin Together For ‘Eyes Closed’

May 3, 2024 - Music

Imagine Dragons have released a remix of their new single “Eyes Closed” featuring an unexpected guest: Colombian reggaetón star J Balvin, rapping in Spanish and delivering some of his best lyrics in recent memory.


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The pairing brings additional edge, bass and an increased touch of menace and grit to an anthemic track. The original “Eyes Closed” is vintage Imagine Dragons in its strong, can-do lyrics and rousing motto: “I can do this with my eyes closed.” It also maintains the band’s melodic essence, but goes further, adding some industrial production and even a touch of beats and raps.

J Balvin’s participation kicks things off in a higher gear with a more aggressive attitude. “Eyes Closed” is all about returning from the dead, more powerful than before (“I’ve been broken down and beat up, but I still get ahead,” sings Dan Reynolds).

For Balvin, who had a series of setbacks, the message is particularly appropriate and he takes on the challenge with gusto and bravado, rapping to Imagine Dragons’ rock beats and delivering lines like: “La tormenta no ha podido sacudir mis palmas […]Los que dieron la espalda se les vio la falda […] Si la fe es creer antes de ver, parcero, yo no nací pa perder” (The storm has shaken my palm trees; those who turned their backs on me showed their real colors […] if having faith means believing before seeing, parcero, I wasn’t born to lose.”

Check out the video of the “Eyes Closed” remix with Balvin below.

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