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
    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
    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
    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
    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 34
  2. Negative: 2 out of 34
  1. Aug 6, 2013
    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
    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
    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. Apr 1, 2014
    Night Visions is a good album that I never thought that I would expect to like. I just remember my sister getting this and listening to it all the time, and it really started growing on me. I like the band's rock style and the way their music sounds; it sounds pop-like but exciting and enthusiastic. So I do think the album is great and I wish Imagine Dragons luck on their future; too bad they are getting pretty mixed reviews on this album (well at least here on Metacritic). My favorite tracks are probably "Radioactive", "Demons", "Bleeding Out" and "Nothing Left to Say" (Excluding "Rocks"). My sister also got the Target exclusive version of the album which includes several different bonus tracks and of those my favorite is "America". Expand
  5. Dec 13, 2013
    Good for a debut. Indie rock, rock, hip hop and a lot other genres are blended to make this album so very diverse. Imagine Dragons also has a distinctive feel into them which is present in their songs and this trademark of them just elevates the songs even more.

    While there are quite a lot of misses, the ones that hit their mark, bulls eyed it.
  6. Jul 21, 2013
    A few tracks stand out as fantastic tunes (such a "Radioactive" and "Tiptoe") but the rest of the album just blends together in a somber, and dull mix. Imagine Dragons have a lot of potential. Hopefully that potential will be seen in their next album. Expand
  7. Oct 30, 2013
    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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