Night Visions

Music review by
Blair Jackson, Common Sense Media
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Catchy, clean rock with serious themes, uplifting messages.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 19 reviews

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Positive Messages

Though some of the themes on the album are a bit dark -- about uncertainty, loneliness, battling personal demons, etc. -- there are some uplifting messages about perseverance and not being apathetic: "These doors won't open while you stand and watch them" ("On Top of the Word").

Positive Role Models & Representations

The band's music and videos present a positive image, and while some of their songs have some edge, they're profanity-free.


In a song called "Bleeding Out" the singer says, "I'm bleeding out for you," but it's clearly a metaphorical reference in a song that's actually about hopelessness and emptiness.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Night Visions showcases Imagine Dragons' catchy but moody alt-pop/rock. It contains some dark themes (confusion, despair, loneliness, relationship problems), and the lyrics are occasionally a bit cryptic, but not annoyingly so, and they're profanity-free. The album's anthemic choruses and sometimes glossy pop veneer give it teen appeal. One song, "Radioactive," references an apocalypse, but it's quite vague, and the popular video for the song is strange and funny -- it depicts an illegal cockfighting pit, but the combatants, rather than being roosters, are various puppets. What that has to do with the song's lyrics isn't clear.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byKitKatKaity April 29, 2013

Clean and Catchy

Imagine Dragons is a great rock band and truly original. They offer something rare in today's music with unique lyrics that actually hold meaning, melodies... Continue reading
Adult Written bySaadTheLunatic June 19, 2020

They’re one of the greatest rock bands of this decade. They’re so electrifying and diverse. Being of the few genereless bands, they make great music.

You should really listen to them. You might end up admiring them. The lead singer, Dan Reynolds is a great guy and he’s one hell of a singer.
Kid, 12 years old June 4, 2013

Imagine this... GOOD MUSIC!

This album has some deep stuff in it. It's a GREAT album. Slightly violent on Radioactive, but Demons and It's Time are great songs.
Kid, 11 years old April 19, 2020

Catchy Songs

Literally no reason to not let kids listen to their music. Maybe stay away from music videos of your protective, but mostly Believer. It features blood. Only a... Continue reading

What's the story?

Hailing from Las Vegas, Imagine Dragons has a big, keyboard-heavy alt-pop/rock sound that somewhat resembles fellow Vegas rockers the Killers, and to a lesser extent, popular arena bands such My Chemical Romance and Coldplay. Like those other bands, they have a knack for writing strong melodies and catchy choruses that are easy to sing along to. Night Visions is the group's first full-length album (after a couple of EPs) and it's very well-crafted, with a good blend of ballads and rock tunes. The first single from the album, "It's Time," was a Top 20 hit and also a hugely popular video, which was nominated for an MTV award. Lead singer Dan Reynolds is considered a heartthrob by many teenage girls. Night Visions made it to No. 2 on the Billboard albums chart.

Is it any good?

Although the band is not particularly original (they're not as charismatic nor as deep as the Killers, whom they occasionally sound like), they are fine players with a solid lead singer, Dan Reynolds. The production on the album (by Alex da Kid) uses electronics effectively to give the project a modern sheen, and it's easy to picture teens singing along with any number of the catchy choruses that are all over the album. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Imagine Dragons write songs about personal pain but try to put across an uplifting message about going through tough times.

  • How, if at all, do the popular videos for "It's Time" and "Radioactive" reflect the lyrics in each song?

  • Do Imagine Dragons remind you of other groups that you like? What sets them apart and makes them different?

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