Imagine Dragons :: ‘Smoke + Mirrors’
Imagine Dragons is known for a joyfully bombastic stage performance and sophomore album Smoke + Mirrors is its perfect translation. The band retreads the most successful musical ideas from Night Visions — “Gold” is as anthemic as “Radioactive,” and the first single, “I Bet My Life,” recalls the band’s first hit, the neo-folk-rock “It’s Time.” The band also stretches in new directions, trying on Coldplay’s sound in “It Comes Back To You” and embracing pop and EDM on “Summer.” Through it all, Imagine Dragons retains its skill in moving from whispers to screams, even within a single song.
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