Imagine Dragons – Smoke and Mirrors
Imagine Dragons’ sophomore album, ‘Smoke and Mirrors’ is almost unrecognisable in terms of musical style. Though you’d be hard pressed to find someone unfamiliar with the likes of Radioactive, the mammoth new 18 track LP is like listening to a completely new band making any previous affiliation completely inessential.
Though different, ‘Smoke and Mirrors’ is an extremely strong album that is largely difficult to fault. Ranging from atmospheric and creepy with Gold to the stomping, guitar screeching I’m So Sorry not a single song has been wasted and you can pretty much stay focused for the entire, lengthy listening process. There’s a fair few songs that have taken on a Nico & Vinz style such as I Bet My Life, one of the leading singles that puts in mind hazy summers; this carries on with Polaroid that has a simple vocal tune that’s bound to get into your head more easily than any other track on the album.
‘Smoke and Mirrors’ also borders on the rockier side of things with Friction bringing a tribal rock vibe akin to Rage Against the Machine in a mild way. Interestingly this is followed by the relatively dreamy and relaxing It Comes Back to You keeping you fixated on the music as you try to figure out what is going to be thrown at you next. ‘Smoke and Mirrors’ is probably strongest with the softer, more soothing tracks that follow most logically on from the first album but none of the tracks tackling other styles seem out of place by any means.
Overall I’ve personally gone from being a bit indifferent to this band to suddenly very interested. Regardless of whether you are an existing Imagine Dragons fan or not I’d fully recommend giving this album your time.