Imagine Dragons: Smoke + Mirrors Review

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I was recently introduced to the band Imagine Dragons. I like to watch fan made videos of my TV shows and love the ones that are full of manipulations and effects. It was through them that I listened to Demons for the first time and then heard Radioactive. Since then, I’ve got the album Night Visions.

Today, I found out they’d released a new one called Smoke + Mirrors, so I put it on Spotify. I’ve already listened to the whole album twice since finding it. Despite having over 145 hours of music on one playlist in Spotify, I’m still listening to it now.

A Much Darker Sound

When I heard that Smoke + Mirrors had a darker sound, I wasn’t that certain. In fact, the first track Shots wasn’t that much different to the likes of Radioactive and Bleeding Out. Then I listened to the rest of the album and do agree. There is certainly a much darker sound to some of the songs on the album.

There’s actually a good mixture of songs. The sound suits the focus of the album, which is all about the struggles in life. There are some softer, lighter tracks on the album that indicate it’s not all bad. There is a light at the end of the tunnel if you’re willing to stick it out for long enough. Trouble sort of has that lighter sound to it, especially with the string instruments in the background.

It’s not that much different from Night Visions. At least, not as different as I expected it to be from the reviews.

My Favorite Tracks on Smoke + Mirrors

There are some great tracks on the album. Yes, Shots is a good song, but it’s not my favorite. Dreams is one of my favorites. Whenever I hear the song, I think of the TV shows Supernatural and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I can imagine the Croatoan future from Supernatural mixed with the destruction of Sunnydale in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

I also really enjoyed Polaroid and Smoke and Mirrors. The darker sounds appealed to me and really work well with the lyrics.

This is definitely an album I’m going to buy. I’m grateful for Spotify since I get to listen to an album before buying it. I make sure I really like it instead of wasting money one something I’m going to listen to once and that’s it. Imagine Dragons Smoke + Mirrors was one that I wasn’t too certain about when originally reading reviews, but now I’m definitely up for spending my hard-earned money.


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