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Imagine Dragons "Shots" Review: New Song from 'Smoke + Mirrors' Brings in '80s Synth, Self Loathing [LISTEN]

 

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Imagine Dragons's new album Smoke + Mirrors is just three weeks away, and the "I Bet My Life" band is continuing to roll out some of its new music. Today (Jan. 27), Imagine Dragons dropped its latest single from its upcoming LP, "Shots."

While "I Bet My Life" offered up that hard-hitting Mumford & Sons-esque music that Imagine Dragons fans have come to know and love and "Gold" dished out a creeping, slower side of the band, "Shots" keeps the music light and the hooks tight.

"Shots" brings out a bit of the industrial side of Imagine Dragons, keeping the introductory period of the track in heavy synth territory, while Dan Reynolds keeps his vocals light, recalling '80s music. The guitar work in "Shots," courtesy of Daniel Wayne Sermon, is what gives this song added texture.

Though the music itself is kept light but layered, the lyrics show that familiar depth from Imagine Dragons, once again focusing on overcoming personal adversity and living a life full of regret. "I'm sorry for everything, no, everything I've done / From the second I was born it seems I had a loaded gun / And then I shot, shot, shot a hole through everything I loved / Oh, I shot, shot, shot a hole through every single thing I loved," Reynolds sings in the chorus, with pep in his voice despite the dark lyrics.

But, by the end, he's overcome his self-loathing, trading it in for freedom.

Listen to Imagine Dragons's new single "Shots" below:

"Shots" is a new track from Imagine Dragons new album Smoke + Mirrors, which is set to be released on Feb. 17. Smoke + Mirrors is the follow-up to the band's massive debut album Night Visions, which spawned the hits "Radioactive," "It's Time" and "Demons." As for the new album, "Shots" is just the latest sampling of new music. Imagine Dragons has previously released singles "I Bet My Life" and "Gold" from Smoke + Mirrors.

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