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The Used’s “Vulnerable” :::: The Rock Tribune review

Posted in Artist Watch, New Music, News, Releases, Reviews with tags , , , , , on April 13, 2012 by Randy
With The Used releasing their fifth studio album (titled “Vulnerable”) and their first under Hopeless Records, one can only wonder what changes (if any) can be expected. Now that they are with a new label, it seems that they have more to say with their creativity than on the last album.  Since the band claims they weren’t give much room to creatively work while producing “Artwork,” it seems the opportunities are endless.  Amongst twelve tracks taking up only a mere 44 minutes, one can make that judgment fairly quick.
The album starts off with their single “I Come Alive,” which is upbeat and consists of some vibes fans come to expect from these guys.  As you get deeper into the album you notice a techno like influence in songs such as “Hands and Faces” and “Put Me Out.”  After a couple spins of the whole album, you definitely grasp the feeling and emotion that’s offered up. Then its realized that even though the label has changed, and a slightly different sound is offered as a filler in the back ground, Bert McCracken and the guys have stayed true to themselves and the style of their writing has yet to change.  The “tongue in cheek” style that past songs have been written in is evident on the sixth track “Now That You’re Dead.”  The track has a mentioning of necrophilia in the lyrics.  It almost makes you sit back and think “really?”  It’s so captivating, you can’t help but keep listening the whole way through.
Some parts of the album cause a little music ADHD, if that’s what you want to call it.  There are either parts of songs or just the whole song itself where you’re allowed to mentally wander and lose focus of the song.  Example:  “Hurt No One,” which pushes the listener away after the first verse making it hard to pull yourself back in after the chorus.  “Getting Over You” and “Together Burning Bright” are  cuts that are packed full of emotion, but unless you can keep your head wrapped around the lyrics alone throughout the whole song, little effort is needed to get side tracked.
Finally, after drowning is all twelve tracks, any listener of The Used (new or old) will be quite happy with what it has to offer. “Vulnerable” is a well written compilation of precisely constructed songs that should pull the boys from Utah out of their three year hiatus and give them an arsenal for an upcoming tour.  Not saying this will be the top album at the end of 2012, but there’s a very good chance it could find itself comfortably in the top five of the hard rock charts.
– Logan Rendulic, The Rock Tribune (Pittsburgh scene)

THE USED Premiere First Single “I Come Alive” Today on KROQ Off Upcoming Album VULNERABLE :: Due Out March 27th

Posted in Artist Watch, New Music, News, Releases with tags , , , , , , on January 5, 2012 by Randy

Check Out “I Come Alive” Here:

CA/UT- January 5, 2012 – The wait for new music from The Used is over. Head to now to hear the first single “I Come Alive” off the upcoming album Vulnerable out March 27th via their own label Anger Music Group partnered with Hopeless Records. The debut single will be available for purchase January 17th on itunes.

With over 3 Million albums sold worldwide, the band continues to create music that they stand behind 100%. “”I Come Alive” was the first song completed once we began writing this album. It sets up the record really well and I like how diverse and theatrical it is”, says front man Bert McCracken.

The band chose to go back in the studio with Jon Feldman who had accompanied them on 2007’s Lies for the Liars, 2004’s In Love And Death, 2003’s Maybe Memories and their first self-titled album from 2002.  Bassist Jeph Howard said working with Feldman on this album “was very positive. We really went out and expanded on this album. I’m excited for it to be more then a typical Used record.”

Full track listing and cover art will be released later this month.

The band will be performing at Soundwave Festival in Australia next month. For dates and more information on The Used, check out:

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