by Samantha Ng
Compared to other alternative rock bands, Imagine Dragons possesses a very unique and unpredictable sound. The band played with a lot of different sounds for Night Visions, such as the mandolin for “It’s Time”, whistling in “On Top of The World”, a cello in “Nothing Left to Say” and other additional sound effects such as the whooshing sound at the beginning of “Amsterdam”.
Other than the musical arrangement of the songs, there is a significant increase in terms of the voices’ harmony in this album as compared to their previous Extended Play (EP). Almost every song in this album had significant backup vocals and harmony, which really brings about the revolutionary theme especially in “Radioactive” and “It’s Time”.
Songs that alternative rock lovers definitely should check out would be “Radioactive”, “It’s Time”, “Demons”, “Bleeding Out” and “Nothing Left to Say” (includes hidden song “Rocks”). The catchy tunes in this album bring up this uncontrollable urge to just sing along to all the songs.
Those who listen to albums without the shuffle mode on may have an issue with the placement of “Amsterdam” in between “On Top of The World” and “Hear Me”. This awkward placement affected the whole tempo and mood of the album since there was a drastic transition from a fast-paced tempo to a slower beat and back to something fast paced again.
In comparison to their previous The Archive EP, Imagine Dragons definitely managed to preserve their unique sound and style. With all these said, this album deserves 3.5 out of 5 stars and is definitely worth checking out!
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