Imagine Dragons
Night Visions


2.5
average

Review

by H. USER (119 Reviews)
April 29th, 2013 | 24 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A solid first half can't make up for the absolute snooze-fest that is the rest of the album.

2012 was the year that many indie and alternative artists hit it big. It was the year we saw artists such as fun., Gotye, The Lumineers, Of Monsters and Men and Mumford & Sons crack the upper half of the Billboard Hot 100. Among those lucky groups included Imagine Dragons, a four-piece group from Las Vegas. With four solid EPs under their name (including the excellent Continued Silence) and a catchy and infectious first single "It's Time", Imagine Dragons' debut LP Night Visions was highly anticipated.

Sadly, the album was not as good as their previous songs would suggest. Night Visions relies on the quality of their Continued Silence EP, and it shows. The albums best moments are clearly the first four songs, and three of them are from the aforementioned extended play. "Radioactive" opens the album on a strong note, with its heavy uses of dubstep and powerful vocals by Dan Reynolds, while "Tiptoe" lures you in with its addictive synth riff, and is the album's clear highlight. It sounds relatively darker when compared to some of the album's bouncier tracks. Reynolds' vocals also dominate the smash hit "It's Time", along with the mandolin riff, making up for the fact that the lyrics are rather cryptic (what the hell does "giving the commodities a rain check" mean?).

It sucks to see an album with such great potential like this one crash and burn, but for the most part, that's what happens. "On Top of the World" is too cheery and boring to be catchy, and "Amsterdam" clearly rips off "Tiptoe", synth riff and everything, but fails to capture any of its catchiness or emotion. "Fallen" channels stadium rock with its heavy drums and overblown vocals, but isn't catchy at all and just ends up being inane. The only highlight in the second half of the album is the nine-minute "Nothing Left to Say / Rocks", and even that can get a little tedious at times.

With all the passion and emotion that Reynolds brings to the first four tracks, you would expect a solid debut from these Las Vegas alt rockers. Unfortunately, after the first half settles in, the second half is full of boring, repetitive and redundant indie rock garbage that is nowhere near the quality of the first. Beneath all the hand-claps and cheery whistles are layers of stale and recycled ideas, slapped together at the last minute. See ya later, Gonad Migraines. Better luck next time.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Green Baron
April 29th 2013


20325 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I don't think I've ever been more disappointed in an album ever before.

Also, stuck between a 2.5 or a 3. A 2.5 would be because of the lazy second half, but damn, the first
four tracks are just that great.

Cygnatti
April 29th 2013


22293 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

agreed. I'm glad America wasn't included on this because that track is so much better than anything on here.

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NeoSpaz
April 29th 2013


4519 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I keep getting told to listen to these guys by my friends but I never got the appeal of it.

Nice review btw.

[i]Night Visions[i]


Might want to clean that up

Cygnatti
April 29th 2013


22293 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

seriously guys, this rules: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KiO2-R8yKjE

Green Baron
April 29th 2013


20325 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

damn cyg that actually is great.

now i wish they actually did include that on the album. would have made it so much more tolerable.

TheSpirit
April 29th 2013


18001 Comments


Everyone is fapping so hard to these guys lately and I feel like I should be too but they are kinda not that great at all.

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Propose
April 29th 2013


821 Comments


every girl loves this band
like band
become girl
???
get pussy?

Azn.
April 29th 2013


5618 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

be labeled as "indie rock"
actually be overproduced pop
profit?

Cygnatti
April 29th 2013


22293 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I don't know anyone who would ever call then indie rock when they have always been indie pop. Clear difference. But I'd argue this album was more overproduced alt pop/rock tendencies than their earlier stuff.

Azn.
April 29th 2013


5618 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

maybe I'm just dumb with genres but I still think it's just regular pop with a (not significantly) different sound palette

but yeah apparently most people label these guys as "indie alternative rock"

Azn.
April 29th 2013


5618 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

good one lakes

if I could pos your comment I would

Cygnatti
April 29th 2013


22293 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

To be fair, most modern indie pop are just as vapid as most pop or pop punk bands are. Throw In some cheap horns, synths,
or banjos, have some foreign or breathy accent, add in some gang vocals and pseudo-meaningful or charming lyrics. And
now you're all set for you're crappy indie pop bands that the mainstream will just eat up.

Azn.
April 29th 2013


5618 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

being hipster is mainstream now guise :P

Azn.
April 29th 2013


5618 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

don't even go there...ugh

Cygnatti
April 29th 2013


22293 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

mumford and sons is at the bottom of the barrel stuff

Cygnatti
April 29th 2013


22293 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

it's not even entry level, it's just plain shit level pleb folk

demigod!
April 29th 2013


45255 Comments


these guys are considered folk? just sounds like generic indie pop to me

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Cygnatti
April 29th 2013


22293 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

no, these guys have absolutely no real folk in them.

Kman418
April 29th 2013


11339 Comments


indie pop is what happens when girls reach high school and decide that they're too mature for radio pop and think that listening to music with the word "indie" on it will make them look artsy

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TooLateToGoBack
April 29th 2013


1780 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This album is one of those albums where 50% of the songs are good - great, and the rest is absolute shit.

Like, I get a headache every time tiptoe or underdog comes up.



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