Starfield’s 'Children of the Sky' Single: A Polarizing Track
Starfield’s “Children of the Sky” single is so hated, I can’t help but think it must be good. Released alongside a trailer showcasing the planets in the upcoming Bethesda game, the song by Imagine Dragons has been met with such a negative reaction that it seems impossible the track could be anything but a top bop.
Following the announcement of Starfield’s song, Bethesda received backlash for the marketing deal with the band. Some Starfield fans even threatened to cancel their pre-orders due to the involvement of Imagine Dragons. Then, the announcement was accompanied by a video showcasing the planets in the game, and people flooded the comments with GIFs and criticism of Imagine Dragons – comparing them to Nickelback, basically.
To be fair, the band has made a lot of formulaic, overplayed songs that are boring to listen to, and their ubiquity and the popularity of their minimalistic song “Thunder” have contributed to their negative reputation. I’d say a mention of Imagine Dragons often elicits groans and negative comments. But despite that, the band has made music for Starfield, and we have to admit the song is … not good.
Instead, it’s somehow almost good.
I’m not sure if I’m just in a good mood or if I’ve gotten tired enough of all the negativity surrounding Starfield and Imagine Dragons that I can now enjoy what they’ve made. Maybe I’ve just been listening to the band’s songs for too long and have reached a critical point where I can’t help but appreciate their music at all, even if it’s for the wrong reasons.
This isn’t the first time Imagine Dragons has made music for a video game – they previously collaborated with JID for the League of Legends Netflix series Arcane. So, will this song be in the game or just promotional? And if it’s in the game, will the song be better on mute? And, most importantly, is the song better on repeat?
The Starfield trailer features five planets and a lot of monsters, and it’s set to a song with repetitive lyrics that are hard to distinguish. Seriously, try and listen to the song and tell me if you can make out any of the words. It’s perfect for the game – I think I’m starting to love it.
The Starfield release date is still a ways off, but that hasn’t stopped Bethesda from announcing a lot about the game. The most recent news is the Starfield beta details, so if you want to play the game before release, you might have a chance.