15 Songs, 58 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Gore, guts, viscera — it’s spattered all over the tracks on the Used’s Artwork. The Utah-based quintet's fourth album immerses itself in emotional carnage, conveyed by a sound fusing early-‘70s British metal with latter-day hardcore. As before, singer Bert McCracken manages to infuse his vocal eruptions with more sincerity than most of his peers. Tracks like the maniacal “Blood On My Hands,” the bleak “Sold My Soul,” and the harrowing “Meant to Die” seethe with inward-directed rage, driven home by Quinn Allman’s lead guitar slashes. The band rides swells and eddies of negative energy, emerging from the roar of “Men Are All the Same” and “On the Cross” like battered warriors. Naturally, the love songs here have a harsh edge, though “Kissing You Goodbye” manages to actually sound pretty as well as tormented. The band achieves particular grandeur on “The Best of Me,” tempering moody passages with bursts of all-out screamo abandon. Overall, Artwork gushes with unquenchable rage, yet contains enough tunefulness to entice the faint of heart.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Gore, guts, viscera — it’s spattered all over the tracks on the Used’s Artwork. The Utah-based quintet's fourth album immerses itself in emotional carnage, conveyed by a sound fusing early-‘70s British metal with latter-day hardcore. As before, singer Bert McCracken manages to infuse his vocal eruptions with more sincerity than most of his peers. Tracks like the maniacal “Blood On My Hands,” the bleak “Sold My Soul,” and the harrowing “Meant to Die” seethe with inward-directed rage, driven home by Quinn Allman’s lead guitar slashes. The band rides swells and eddies of negative energy, emerging from the roar of “Men Are All the Same” and “On the Cross” like battered warriors. Naturally, the love songs here have a harsh edge, though “Kissing You Goodbye” manages to actually sound pretty as well as tormented. The band achieves particular grandeur on “The Best of Me,” tempering moody passages with bursts of all-out screamo abandon. Overall, Artwork gushes with unquenchable rage, yet contains enough tunefulness to entice the faint of heart.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
838 Ratings

838 Ratings

HasteTheDay92 ,

The Used Recycled and Redone

The Used is a great band. With this new release they take all of the old sounds and blend them perfectly. There is some of their harder sounds from the first album shown on songs like "Blood on My Hands" and "The Best of Me" along with the pop sound from their second album on songs like "Watered Down" and "Kissing You Goodbye". They also bring in their newer sound from Lies for the Liars on songs like "Empty With You" and "Come Undone". Not only are there recycled sounds but the Used brings in their new matured sound in too without dissapointment. Another good thing about Artwork is that there are no filler songs that are there just to fill the empty space...every song is good and though it takes a few listens to get the full extent of the album, Artwork is The Used's most developed and best album to date.

TheMullet ,

Best Album I've bought in Years

I am a big fan of The Used, but even I have to admit that their albums have been steadily declining in quality since their original self-titled album. I went out and bought this CD yesterday with a little bit of hesitance, but can confidently say this is as good or better than their first album. I have not been this impressed with an album since "The Black Parade" by My Chemical Romance. This is one of the few albums I've ever owned that I can listen to every single song and enjoy them all. I honestly can say I don't have a least favorite track on this album because they are all such entertaining songs and so well written. That is where I believe they succeeded the most with this album is that they managed to create an entire album full of potential singles instead of a few great songs and some filler. This is without a doubt the #1 album of 2009 in my opinion and I would recommend it to anybody who likes alternative rock or rock in general because there's a good chance you'll find a song on this album you like. I give this a 100/100

broxhouse ,

Maybe Memories....

When I first heard this album all the way through, I wanted to cry. Maybe because of the memories of my friends and I jamming out to The Used everyday because they have always been able to provide us with some harder, louder, more intense music. I will say though, after listening to this CD a few times all the way through, I have gained a new appreciation for it. Even though it's not as loud, and hard as they claimed it would be when the album was still in production, I still tip my hat to these guys. I have been a fan of The Used since day 1. And by day one I mean that I actually attended some of their live shows when they would play in Orem, Utah before they made it big (oddly enough, living in Utah has it's advantages in very rare cases like this). They've progressively become more soft and dare I say mainstream, but they still have managed to maintain and uphold the sound and lyrics that we all love and are addicted to. It is obvious that The Used is growing as a band and also in maturity and I am sure that we can all expect more GREAT albums to come in the future. Keep up the good work!

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