Imagine Dragons released their second album titled “Smoke and Mirrors” on Feb. 17, 2015. Being a little biased (given that they are one of my favorite bands), I think this album is pretty awesome. However, I would understand if some people needed a second, or even a third listen to really appreciate and enjoy this music. This album is a bit more on the alternative rock side, so very “strong” and “intense.”
The first single to be released from the album was “I Bet My Life.” I’m sure you’ve heard it on car commercials or award shows. It’s one of the more upbeat and faster-tempo songs on the album. Other people said they had to grow on the song, but eventually warmed up to it. Who knows, maybe you’ll like it on the first go!
Other favorite songs on this album include “Friction” and “Warriors.” “Friction” almost sounds it could be in a category with indie rock. Generally, all these songs are pretty “raw,” meaning it has a lot of emotion in each track and the intensity in each is high, powerful, and has an all-around strong beat.
Some of these hits could be “Top 40” material on the radio, but this album is definitely not one to be noticed too much by the pop culture.
Try it out, give the full album a listen on YouTube!