Smoke + Mirrors

Imagine Dragons - Smoke + Mirrors
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2015 Ratings: #746 / 770
User Score
Based on 204 ratings
2015 Ratings: #484
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.

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

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
Imagines Dragons second album shows the band going for a more traditional rock sound. Not only are there more standard alt-rock songs, but this album has some of Imagine Dragons loudest and nosiest moments, whether it be the cacophony of “Gold”, the shrieking pre-chorus or the title track, the rumbling synthetic bass on “I’m So Sorry”, etc. While the band does adopt more conventional sounds, Imagine Dragons always seem to add their own peculiar and bizarre flair, ... read more
This band are a big crap like mumford and sons and alt-j.
Up until this project I hadn't really gotten on the hate bandwagon of Imagine Dragons. I had loved their first two singles and didn't really have much of an opinion on "Demons" other than it was overplayed as hell (Thank god I hadn't heard "All Around De Worlde"). So when my close friend showed me that Imagine Dragons had a new single out, I expected to like it. It turned out to be "I Bet My Life", which even on the first listen I thought was horrendously generic ... read more
One of the most disappointing albums ever and the definition of selling-out. There's some decent tracks in this thing (title track, polaroid, friction) but the over-production sucks all life out of these songs. It's like listening to pop-rock in a vacuum and it's far from pleasant.

This is bad
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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