Smoke + Mirrors

Imagine Dragons - Smoke + Mirrors
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2015 Ratings: #893 / 925
User Score
Based on 468 ratings
2015 Ratings: #427
Liked by 9 people
February 17, 2015 / Release Date
LP / Format
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.

So this review ended up being a lot longer than I expected.

We all have that one album that just makes you instantly happy or at least happier than you are currently, I have plenty but this has to be my favorite. Imagine Dragons made here what is essentially a more straight forward rock/Pop-rock album, with better production and mixing, and in general improvements on all fronts over Night Visions.

Shots is the opener, love the U2 ish riff. It's just a really fun synth pop/pop-rock song, ... read more
As silly as it is, this used to be my favorite album. It’s a bit embarrassing to think about because of how often I shit on this band nowadays, but when I think of artists that I’ve fallen in love with, Imagine Dragons was the very first. I vaguely remember wandering around a mall and stumbling into a Barnes & Noble, and soon coming across the newly-released deluxe release of Smoke + Mirrors on CD. As a ten year-old I immediately thought “yeah, this is the real shit I ... read more
i like gold and shots. thats it
(Album Relisten pt 1) OG Score: (8/100)
Imagine Dragons the most controversial band since Nickelback. With Their repetitive and generic songs they are regarded as one of the worst bands out there but is that infact true lets find out.
(My first try at a serious review)
(Will be updated at a later date but i wanted to get it out earlier this isnt the final version of the review)

Smokes + Mirrors is Imagine Dragons 2nd Studio Album released February 17th 2015. The Previous Album Night Visions ... read more
If this album would have been released by another artist, it could well be considered one of the legendary albums of the 2010s.

The album kicks off with the perfect opener “Shots,”. With the synths brimming with life, it makes up for a gorgeous dance pop rock song. The arpeggios at the outro, oh gosh.

When the second song, “Gold”, kicked in, that’s when I tightened my seatbelt. It’s huge, it’s catchy, and it’s pretty weird with the tribal ... read more
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Added on: January 10, 2015