Night Visions - Imagine Dragons
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  1. Night Visions is a disc laden with buoyant choruses, arena-ready swagger and armfuls of dance floor attitude.
  2. Apr 24, 2013
    60
    Dramatic and sweeping, the Las Vegas band works in the same vein as pop giants Coldplay, offering up track after track of hooky and emotional midtempo jams.
  3. 50
    Being surrounded by the attention of reputable producers and recorders helps make an album like Night Visions find its place on the charts. But leave room for the twinge of disappointment that comes from the lack of that Imagine Dragons edge that made them stand out in previously heard singles.
  4. Apr 24, 2013
    50
    There are a lot of cosmetics present to cover up the band’s shortcomings, but not even the most epic posturing and glossy production can hide this record’s blemishes.
  5. Apr 24, 2013
    40
    Unfortunately Night Visions is so safe and middle of the road that it leaves you with the same hollow feeling that Las Vegas can, without the dizzying high and sensual assault that got you there in the first place.
  6. Apr 24, 2013
    40
    It takes alt-rock drama and boy-band syrup and bolts on some fun.-size arena-singalong choruses. [May 2013, p.103]
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 36
  2. Negative: 2 out of 36
  1. Aug 6, 2013
    10
    I slept on this album for way too long. My friend suggested i check it out so I went ahead and did so. I loved this album, I literally listened to it 5 times in a row when I first checked it out. To this day it seems to just be getting better and better. While the lyrics aren't the strongest at some points all the songs are still great. Dan Reynolds (lead singer) was quoted saying he wanted the listener to feel empowered and good about themselves as they listen to this album and that's exactly how I feel every time I listen. It's truly beautiful. Night Visions was an almost perfect debut album for Imagine Dragons, they certainly have a bright future for sure. 10/10 Expand
  2. Mar 5, 2014
    10
    This album literally saved my life. I was in the throes of depression and thinking of a second attempt at suicide. Thank god that Nothing Left To Say/Rocks came over my iHeartRadio, sung by a band that I never heard of at the time, Imagine Dragons. After hearing this song and its relatable message at the time, I dug down deep into finding who Imagine Dragons was, and I bought their album right off the bat. The music and lyrics in this album are real things, real emotions that I've felt over the years. I'm happy to have discovered this band, and that they put this album out there. The messages in every song are real, and even the sad songs can make you feel happy and so much better. I'm going to my second Imagine Dragons concert for this album next week. The music contained within is timeless. Expand
  3. May 10, 2013
    10
    Apparently Metacritic only gathered the mostly negative reviews of this album. However, you will not hear anything quite like Imagine Dragons. They manage to blend everything from rock to hip hop to folk to pop with such ease that the listener doesn't have a chance to fully realize how much thought has gone into each and every moment. Night Visions is a well-crafted, challenging and exciting debut album from a band that should be around for quite some time. Expand
  4. Feb 22, 2014
    8
    Night Visions is a good album but not good enough for Imagine Dragons. Night Visions is commercially successful, sold well especially in America. The tracks in Night Visions are from previous EPs so it does not include new tracks. Therefore it did not receive good reviews from critics. Night Visions has a lot of tracks from different genres. So when you listen to the album , you don't get in one atmosphere, you don't feel one. But when we examine sonically, Night Visions has good and original tunes. I wish sophomore album would be less mainstream than the first one Expand
  5. Nov 25, 2013
    7
    This album has a lot of what I love of Alternative and Indie Rock music. I don't know how critics can put it most negative reviews, it's so good, there are song that are killer songs, others are normal but i like it so much the album in general, the sound is so excellent, fresh, original, wear and amazing, also the lyrics. Imagine Dragons is unique, you will never find another band like this. Expand
  6. Oct 22, 2013
    6
    Starts off rather good but fades as the album goes on. Overall though, It features quite a few like-able tracks and that alone makes it worth listening to. Expand
  7. Oct 30, 2013
    2
    Here is an example of band that tries to take every single trend in music, throw it together on a canvas, and see what happens. There's dubstep, arena rock, emotional lyrics, chorus chants. Problem is that none of it works. Night Visions quickly becomes tiresome to listen to, and was a chore to finish. People claim this band is original, but how original is really taking Mumford & Sons lyrics/emotional wringing, Florence & the Machine's rhythm, and hip hop beats and seeing if it works as a whole?
    Everything in modern day radio is either a hollow gesture of personal introspection or something danceable. Both styles are tiresome, and Imagine Dragons gives us the worst of both worlds. Radioactive is just silly, what with an unnecessary guitar intro, unnecessary dubstep effects, and esoteric, generic lyrics. The vocal verse melody for demons is just atrocious. The latter half pushes for more anthems, but it's all the same without any surprises. One album that the critics generally nailed.
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