On February 17th, Imagine Dragons released their second studio album Smoke + Mirrors.
For those who don’t know, Imagine Dragons is an American rock band originally from Las Vegas. Their first album, Night Visions, contained the well-known track Radioactive, which can be notably traced to the Grammy’s performance featuring Kendrick Lamar (which was flippin awesome). Smoke + Mirrors is their next album, which has been highly anticipated by yours truly.
Shots is the opening track on the album. It’s an easy opening song that makes you sway along to the beat without anything too shocking (that comes later). It is reminiscent of many tracks that are on Night Visions, which is good because it reminds us why we love Imagine Dragons.
The title song Smoke + Mirrors is probably not what you expect it to be. It’s more artsy and complicated than the other tracks, with a smooth, softer base with shots of adrenaline to keep you listening. It’s almost like the shots of adrenaline are hiding behind the smoke and mirrors of the softer side of the song (see what I did there?)
I’m So Sorry is easily my favorite song from the album. It has a beat that makes you want to fierce strut everywhere. When I first played it, I started dancing to it. It is definitely one of the stand out songs off the album.
My one downside is that the end of the album is not as strong as the beginning. I like my album’s like I like my concerts, a strong finish that makes me want to hear more. I don’t believe this album accomplished that as well as other groups have on their albums.
Overall, this album is a strong second piece for Imagine Dragons because it helps to cement the sound they create and showed off their creativity. I just wish their ending was more of a statement.
Want to listen for yourself? You can hear the whole album on Spotify.