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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.

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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.

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.

I was disappointed...

I love the Used and i was so excited for this album to release but to be honest, it could have been better. "In love and death" is my favorite and some of the songs on "artwork" sound the same....i don't know, i have mixed feelings....but "empty with you" is an amazing song. I still loved the Used but it could have been better.


Formed: 2001 in Orem, UT

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

The members of the Used had to overcome poverty, homelessness, and substance abuse, not to mention the straitlaced attitudes of their hometown of Orem, Utah, to bring their screamo-tinged brand of post-hardcore to life. But they persevered and earned a contract with Reprise Records, releasing their self-titled debut album in June 2002. Having only played a handful of shows around Orem prior to their record's release, the band -- vocalist Bert McCracken, guitarist Quinn Allman, bassist Jeph Howard,...
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Artwork, The Used
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  • $10.99
  • Genres: Alternative, Music, Rock, Hard Rock, Punk
  • Released: Aug 10, 2009

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