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Imagine Dragons – Night Visions

on August 29, 2012, 7:56am
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If you had bounced and jumped around to Imagine Dragon’s chorus in “It’s Time”, you would also wait with so much excitement for the band’s first full-length album. It’s a shame that Night Visions fails to match the fresh adrenaline rush that the band’s first single had promised us when we first heard it on the radio or in commercials earlier this year. We’ve heard more crisp songs from them before.

After sneaking into the airwaves and into our summer playlists through a handful of hopeful EPs, Imagine Dragons struggles to validate its hype with Night Visions. The full-length LP gives us 11  tracks from Las Vegas band, a handful of which have already been released on previous EPs but with various studio tweaks. Those that have stood out in previous releases — “Demons” and “On Top Of The World” — are still the only ones that give Night Visions any sort of crunch and edge. Tracks like “Hear Me” are full in sound, but they’re forgettable because they’ve been penned many times before by the glamorous arena rock outfits that sell out stadiums and don magazine spreads.

The record is ornamental in style and trite in message. “It’s Time” has become a successful hit partly because of its peculiar use of the mandolin to uplift what would otherwise be a song built on a conventional verse-chorus-verse backbone, but tracks like “Every Night” are too predictable with the big drums, the reverberating claps, and the upbeat piano slams. It’s not that the rock recipe doesn’t work, but there are often rewards for lively acts such as Imagine Dragons when they stray away from stirring together the formulaic ingredients for a radio-friendly tune.

The recycled sounds of big stadium rock don’t lose popularity throughout generations, which is why Imagine Dragons can still swoon and capture with a record like Night Visions. No doubt, the tracks are radio-friendly in all its grandiose manner, friendly choruses, and versatile stylistic differences ranging from hip-hop to folk to pop. 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.

Essential Tracks: ”It’s Time”, ”Demons”, “On Top of the World”

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Zach
March 15, 2013 at 8:22 pm

Gotta say this album ROCKS!! One of the very few rock albums that I can listen to from beginning to end. I am curious to know what music Lisa likes. I encourage you to buy the album with the bonus tracks. America and cover up are great bonus tracks. Tiptoe and amsterdam are classics… And hello radioactive !!!

Harrison Pope
March 14, 2013 at 6:32 pm

This is just a bad review site. They post junk reviews like this. I love Imagine Dragons I own night visions and the EP’s. Check out http://www.hazegamer.com for better reviews. Honest reviews.

Jesse
February 7, 2013 at 3:22 am

This review is absolutely correct. Although I’m a big fan of most of Imagine Dragons previous singles, most of the tracks on this album outside those are all a bit samey and predictable, with that feeling like you’ve heard them before. I expect their next album will be much better.

Surfer
September 19, 2012 at 7:27 pm

The review is crap. This album rocks and Amsterdam was unbelievably overlooked. Kwon, you are letting us down.

Robbie
September 14, 2012 at 10:36 am

Seriously? This review is terrible. As mentioned previously Bleeding Out was not mentioned, and it’s an amazing track. Along with Tiptoe and Nothing Left To Say/Rocks. This album is a new favorite of mine and encouraged me to listen to their previous EPs, which in my opinion are all stellar, just like this album.

Jeremy Woodall
September 8, 2012 at 2:54 am

Awful review. You didn’t even mention Tiptoe or Bleeding Out, the two strongest tracks on the album in my opinion. This is a great album all the way through, and although I wish they had put more new stuff on it (maybe only brought back It’s Time and/or Radioactive) This is a great debut album and will bring the Dragons tons of new fans. These guys are destined for greatness, I know it.

PianoCrumbs
September 4, 2012 at 12:03 pm

Learn how to play “Demons” on piano with the only Interactive Piano Tutorial online,- no skills required!

http://www.pianocrumbs.com/piano/tutorials/339/Demons-by-Imagine-Dragons

Jhonny
September 3, 2012 at 11:55 pm

I have love this album its great. Plus I have heard a few of the bonus tracks and those are great. This is a shit review from someone that doesn’t know good music if it shit on her face. Great album Lisa sucks. Grammy in the future just watch.

Jacob
September 2, 2012 at 11:44 am

I got my album early at a pre-release party, and i can say that the album is great and this review is terrible. All the new songs on the album are amazing, especially Bleeding Out, which i can see this critic has all but forgotten to mention. Don’t let this review turn you from buying this album it’s definitely worth it. I also give the album 5/5

Matt
September 1, 2012 at 4:12 pm

Seriously? “Hear Me” is a great song. So is “Amsterdam”. Yet the reviews says to look out for “Demons” and “On Top Of The World”. Personally, I think the latter is one of ID’s worst songs.

Jared
September 1, 2012 at 2:17 pm

This review is absolutely absurd. Don’t let it skew your perception of what will undoubtedly be one of the absolute best albums of the year. Amazing album!

radioheader
August 30, 2012 at 12:20 pm

terrible review. listened to the album last week. absolutely mind blowing. 5/5

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