11 Songs, 43 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

4.7 out of 5
183 Ratings

183 Ratings

RFCxx ,

Awsome album guys

This album called artwork is very different than most that the used have put out. Not just because of a new line up but because Bert says to "have more freedom" when writing. Also the live performance of songs from this new album packs a punch but can also hit your soft spot (depends on the song). Well any way great album, and it was nice to meet you Bert and Dan.

buddyballuh09 ,

great job

The Used are simply great at making music and are getting better as time goes on. Artwork is still very much a Used album as well as being different from anything else they've done. They took catchy lyrics and meaningful stories and combined them with a bit darker and edgier sound while still maintaining their identity.This is a band that is continuing to push themselves to the next level with every album and Artwork does not disappoint in the least bit. It is a great album start to finish and I highly recommend this album for any Used or simply Rock fan out there.

fizzucker ,

An experimental mixed bag

It's funny how The Used have said this album is an all new sound for them, because for about 80% of it, I kept getting reminded of "Lies for the Liars" in that there are good ideas but mixed execution. Some songs like "On the Cross" are good, while others like "Born to Quit" are not really spectacular at all. However, the last track on the album "Men are all the Same" is probably my favorite track they ever made. Being a fan of the band since 2003, that says something. If you do not want to get the full album, I suggest getting "Blood on my Hands" as it is a great single and "Kissing you Goobye" on top of "Men are all the Same" as they are pretty much meshed of the same idea.

Overall this is an album with amazing ideas, but not all of them work. Those that do work, work VERY well though.

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