Smoke + Mirrors

Imagine Dragons - Smoke + Mirrors
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2015 Ratings: #760 / 776
User Score
Based on 339 ratings
2015 Ratings: #625
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February 17, 2015 / Release Date
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Interscope / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

83
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.

70
AllMusic
These guys are shameless and that's what makes them more fun than your average arena rockers.
50
Billboard

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.

40
musicOMH

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.

40
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.
33
Consequence of Sound

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

exception
35
i like gold and shots. thats it
TreyLikesBands
71
Good

Okay, maybe I lied in my last review, saying how they never fully recovered from their mediocrity, but “Smoke + Mirrors” had a lot of promise for the group. A majority of these songs are actually really good pop rock songs, which is disappointing knowing now where they went after this...

Color: Green
FAV TRACKS: Warriors, Gold, Monster, Smoke And Mirrors, Battle Cry, Friction, I Bet My Life, Who We Are, Shots, Hopeless Opus, Trouble, Release
LEAST FAV: Summer, Polaroid, Dream
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87
Definitely a step up from their first album. Gold is probably my favorite.
Plats
72
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
Inglume
57
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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Added on: January 10, 2015