Smoke + Mirrors

Imagine Dragons - Smoke + Mirrors
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2015 Ratings: #880 / 913
User Score
Based on 420 ratings
2015 Ratings: #675
Liked by 7 people
February 17, 2015 / Release Date
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Interscope / Label
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Entertainment Weekly

As if to reinforce their arena-rock bona fides, the group’s sophomore effort scales back on the electronic frippery, revealing the tightly focused rock juggernaut they are on stage.

The Telegraph

The Las Vegas quartet’s second album ups the ante on the glossy, hit-making ambition of their debut, pitched somewhere between Coldplay’s epic romance and Mumford & Sons’ anthemic folk, with a hefty dose of digitally processed trickery.

Q Magazine

Hits? Smoke + Mirrors bristles with them. Right now this Beach Boys fairy reviewer is repeat-playing the harmony-rich title track. Tomorrow, it'll be another song. A modern pop-rock gem.

These guys are shameless and that's what makes them more fun than your average arena rockers.
The Sydney Morning Herald

What's surprising is that throughout this album they keep surprising, something that is never favoured by corporates.


Smoke + Mirrors may seem too recycled and belabored to entice the unconverted, but the hints of hidden depths are a pleasant surprise. Many doubted Imagine Dragons even had hidden shallows.


Like Night Visions, it sounds like the product of a severe case of musical attention deficit disorder, as genres are spliced and mashed together like a hurriedly-assembled playlist.

Rolling Stone
The combination of self-pity, grandiosity and leaden spirituality can get trying. And all those attempts at musical worldliness can feel like stylistic tourism.
Consequence of Sound

The frustrating thing about Smoke + Mirrors is the way it hints at playfully subversive elements but never quite delivers on them.

i like gold and shots. thats it
EDIT: Idc what anybody says about that score I love this shit a lot

"We haven’t made a great record yet. I’m searching for that. I need to make art that matters before I die and just become energy that return to the universe." - Dan Reynolds on twitter. Well yes but actually no, sure the next 2 albums from these guys have been...questionable at best and I wouldn't really call Night Visions a great album, but you know what I actually think this is a great pop-rock album ... read more
Definitely a step up from their first album. Gold is probably my favorite.
Hold on a sec. This is also good? Alright. Huh.

So, yeah. It may be a little bit more commercialized than their debut but I personally like a lot of the tracklisting. It’s catchy, diverse and features some solid writing. There are a few filler tracks during the second half but overall, I was surprised by this! What the hell happened that made them decide to sell out???

Fav Tracks: Gold, Shots, I’m So Sorry, Friction, Hopeless Opus, I Bet My Life, Polaroid

Least Fav Track: ... read more
Shots and Gold are good, but the majority of the other songs are practically album filler, just slightly above average and complete mediocrity.
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Track List

  1. Shots
  2. Gold
  3. Smoke and Mirrors
  4. I'm So Sorry
  5. I Bet My Life
  6. Polaroid
  7. Friction
  8. It Comes Back To You
  9. Dream
  10. Trouble
  11. Summer
  12. Hopeless Opus
  13. The Fall
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Added on: January 10, 2015