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  • Summary: The second full-length release fro the Las Vegas rock band was produced with Alex Da Kid.
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I'm So Sorry
About time for anyone telling you off for all your deeds No sign the roaring thunder stopped in cold to read No time Get mine and make no excuses... See the rest of the song lyrics

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. 83
    Imagine Dragons will probably always sound too blustery to those allergic to stadium tricks, but Smoke’s big-tent charm makes stock rock-playbook moves feel refreshingly new.
  2. Q Magazine
    Feb 11, 2015
    80
    Hits? Smoke + Mirrors bristles with them. [Mar 2015, p.116]
  3. Feb 17, 2015
    80
    Lyrics and delivery suggest Imagine Dragons adhere to old-fashioned rock band idealism, but nothing is allowed to get in the way of a sparkling hook.
  4. Feb 17, 2015
    50
    Smoke + Mirrors puts across strong feelings, but it refuses to reveal how they work.
  5. Ultimately, the strategy backfires. The Dragons’ approach may help them conjure effective public environments, but they’re devoid of personal expression.
  6. Feb 17, 2015
    40
    To be blunt, much of Smoke + Mirrors is horrible to listen to. And yet, one can’t help but admire the band’s ambition and, on occasions, their apparent lunacy.
  7. 33
    The problem lies in their vision, and the fact that it’s either too narrow or too cynical to take seriously.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 53
  2. Negative: 2 out of 53
  1. Dec 18, 2015
    10
    Um dos melhores albuns que ja ouvi, são tantas músicas boas em um lugar só que quando o album acaba a vontade de repetir novamente éUm dos melhores albuns que ja ouvi, são tantas músicas boas em um lugar só que quando o album acaba a vontade de repetir novamente é gigantesca!!! Adorei Expand
  2. Mar 7, 2015
    10
    Shots - The more you play it, the more you like it.
    Gold - Just addictive!
    Smoke & Mirrors - Underrated, catchy... I'm So Sorry - Less
    Shots - The more you play it, the more you like it.
    Gold - Just addictive!
    Smoke & Mirrors - Underrated, catchy...
    I'm So Sorry - Less underrated, more catchy!
    I Bet My Life - Not my favorite, but it's everyone else's, so good enough.
    Polaroid - Gets better and better throughout the song.
    Friction - It's underrated, but great. The verse sounds a bit weird, though.
    It Comes Back To You - Unfortunately, this one took a long time to grow on me, but it's great-sounding now.
    Dream - Beautiful song, just beautiful.
    Trouble - A bit odd, but good.
    Summer - Not my favorite either, but I still like it.
    Hopeless Opus - Underrated, this isn't a filler!
    The Fall - Pretty good, takes a while to grow on you, but not as long as It Comes Back To You.
    Thief - This one's okay, I guess.
    The Unknown - All the songs are deep, but not as much as this one (that's a compliment!), and the barks aren't that bad.
    Second Chances - I don't like this one much.
    Release - Ugh, just ugh.
    Warriors - Almost as good as Battle Cry, very similar.
    Battle Cry - Amazing, underrated song, much better than the Transformers movie it was in.
    Monster - A bit like Warriors and Battle Cry, these songs are very similar, and all very good.
    Who We Are - Not the best intro, but good.
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  3. Feb 22, 2015
    10
    Amazing! There is so many meaning this album in its lyrics and melodies. This album made me cry, smile, think about life in every songs.Amazing! There is so many meaning this album in its lyrics and melodies. This album made me cry, smile, think about life in every songs. Imagine Dragons always surprising me. I loved this album. Expand
  4. Jan 4, 2017
    9
    these guys and his songs are always amazing, sometimes when i go out, i put his song in my car and his music always relax me, Imagine dragonsthese guys and his songs are always amazing, sometimes when i go out, i put his song in my car and his music always relax me, Imagine dragons have a enjoyable music album Expand
  5. Feb 18, 2015
    8
    There are a few conversations I'm having with myself when listening to this album. The first is whether I like the album or not. Yes. WithoutThere are a few conversations I'm having with myself when listening to this album. The first is whether I like the album or not. Yes. Without a doubt I love this album, what I look for in an album is diversity. I want to be able to discern each song from each other within a couple seconds. This helps show the range of the artist which still keeping the composed environment of an album. I think S+M does this really really well. There is such a contrast between Shots and Gold that really shows the gamut of emotion for the rest of the album.

    The second conversation is whether this is an improvement from Night Visions. I wouldn't say it's an improvement as much as a side step. NV has a really strong first half with an okay second half, all the hits are in the front and I think that really made the album seem to drag at the end with so much energy expended in the beginning. This album address that by spreading them out more evenly, all the way down to Hopeless Opus. The Fall I think was an appropriate finish that is nice and soft that brings back to reality as it dims.

    The last conversation is a little different, this album will help define (to me) whether they are better or worse than AWOLNATION. To me, these two artists are the Fall Out Boy and Panic! of 2012 and they are both releasing their sophomore album in 2015. These second albums will help me decide which one I like more. Because when I heard Megalithic Symphony I was blown away, then came Night Visions which was fantastic in it's own right and destroyed AWOL in the market. As much as I am enjoying Smoke + Mirrors, it's putting me on edge on whether it keeps me coming back to Imagine Dragons or spend more time with AWOL.

    For the sake of the score, I'm basing it off the the first two conversations. Its a great diverse album by itself. And I'm glad that it's not worse than Night Visions, its a lateral move in a better direction.
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  6. Jan 16, 2016
    7
    Não entendo como muita gente não gosta deste álbum, é maravilhoso - mesmo sendo tapete do Night Visions -, tendo uma sonoridade maravilhosa eNão entendo como muita gente não gosta deste álbum, é maravilhoso - mesmo sendo tapete do Night Visions -, tendo uma sonoridade maravilhosa e uma incrível diversividade instrumental como esta, o álbum é fantástico. Expand
  7. Feb 17, 2015
    1
    The band's attempts to mask generic, flat songwriting with flavour-of-the-month quirks make them no better than Creed. Only this time it'sThe band's attempts to mask generic, flat songwriting with flavour-of-the-month quirks make them no better than Creed. Only this time it's indie, not alternative rock that's being ripped off. Expand

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