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Imagine Dragons' 'Smoke + Mirrors' a blast of strong emotions

Success has been rough for Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons, the Las Vegas-based rock band that sold over 2 million copies of its 2012 debut, "Night Visions," thanks to inescapable hits such as "It's Time" and "Radioactive." A dubstep-dipped welcome to a post-apocalyptic age, the latter spent 87 weeks on Billboard's Hot 100, longer than any other song in the chart's history.

Nearly a year after "Radioactive" finally dropped off the tally, though, Reynolds seems to think doomsday has only just begun.

"First comes the blessing of all that you dreamed / But then comes the curses of diamonds and rings," he moans in "Gold,"...