The Used
In Love and Death


2.0
poor

Review

by battleinthenorth USER (30 Reviews)
October 7th, 2013 | 19 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Dull and uninspired follow up to a masterpiece

Post-hardcore outfit The Used are yet another case of a band doomed by their own debut album. Their eponymous first album was such a hard hitting work full of emotion, life and energy that it was impossible they could ever live up to it. Few could have predicted how bad the follow up would be however.

In Love And Death is the sophomore album from The Used and follows much the same formula of their debut. It also contains many of their staple songs, including the My Chemical Romance sounding All That I've Got and the heavy opener and closer that the rest of the album is sandwiched in between. The main problem with this album is that it lacks any of the originality that their first album contained and as such it feels forced and watered down to a more commercial audience. The best example of this would be on the stadium rock song I Caught Fire, which recycles a generic set of riffs and some pathetic lyrics delivered by their vocalist in an overly whiny voice. Whereas Bert sounded at home using this style on their debut, here he just sounds ridiculous.

Scanning down the track titles, it is not hard to notice how cliche these songs are, clearly geared toward the angst filled teenage audience that their primary audience is comprised of. Each of these songs is dimness incarnate, lacking the fire that they used before. One noteworthy example would be I'm A Fake. This song opens with an over the top poem about self injury before trudging along through musical mud with some dull lyrics and generic instrumentation. This track should have ended the album on a high note and has a little potential with some of the only decent vocals on the album but it is too simplified and comercialized. The one song where everything comes together properly on and is worthy of the name of the band that put our such an awesome first release is the third track.

This song is entitled Let It Bleed and opens with a sample before a catchy and ear friendly guitar riff comes in. After a few cycles of this riff the rest of the band enters, and after a full listen it will become apparent how the song gradually builds up. The hook in the chorus is one you will be repeating, whilst the shrieks are absolutely maniacal toward the end of the song.

Overall, The Used failed to do anything aside from expand their listener base with their second album and dragged their name through the dirt.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Calc
October 7th 2013


12307 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

good album i agree

Digging: Mr. Oizo - The Church

NOTINTHEFACE
October 7th 2013


1653 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah I forgot how awesome Let it Bleed is. I dunno, I enjoy this album. Someone in the comments of one of ye olde Sputnik reviews of yore said that they enjoy it as a work of sentimentality more than as a work of music, and I definitely agree with that.

Progger6009
October 7th 2013


1128 Comments


Love this album.

Acanthus
October 7th 2013


9545 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Disagree on all (negative) points, this is still my favorite Used album.

Digging: MO - No Mythologies To Follow

spartanawasp
October 7th 2013


303 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah definitely my favorite album by The Used too.

AmericnZero02
October 7th 2013


3360 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah this album is pretty great. I'm a Fake and Take It Away rule.

CK
October 7th 2013


4947 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I thoroughly enjoy this album. Probably my second favorite of theirs

AtomicShane
October 7th 2013


1930 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i caught fire is my sheeet

Digging: Trophy Eyes - Mend, Move On

Cormano
October 7th 2013


992 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"including the My Chemical Romance sounding All That I've Got"
no

Mordecai.
October 7th 2013


8282 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Sound Effects and Overdramatics bishes

cagedbutterfly
October 7th 2013


231 Comments


Why all the negs? this was a decent review.

bloc
October 7th 2013


35010 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I Caught Fire is good

Digging: The Birthday Massacre - Superstition

Iamthe Nightstars
October 8th 2013


2321 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

It amazes me how so many people are defensive of this album. Especially when it comes to this site.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
October 8th 2013


50872 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

implying the debut is a masterpiece lol

Digging: Bobby Barnett - Little Wounds

Asiatic667
October 8th 2013


4648 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sound effects and overdramatics slays

EvoHavok
October 8th 2013


1482 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

That and 'Listening'

Digging: Bloodbath - Grand Morbid Funeral

Asiatic667
October 8th 2013


4648 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

oh yeah. And don't forget I'm a Fake, great outro. In fact everything here is pretty good

Crymsonblaze
October 8th 2013


7529 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

album is really inconsistent

good though

Funeralopolis
October 8th 2013


11777 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album rocks

Digging: Waxahatchee - Cerulean Salt



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