The Used are back with their third full length album. This after two platinum sellers, so the pressure on the guys are tough. And as many other bands these days they are developing their sound to be even more epic, progressive and emotional. And in the case of The Used I can just say that it suits them P E R F E C T E M E N T E. I have never been a real fan of their hardest stuff where they been “screamo” and that part of the band are more or less gone on this album. Or at least – it is included as a part of some songs combined with a more melodic sense. And that is more than OK with me. Bert McCracken who is the singer in the band is a brilliant frontman and the production signed by their house producer John Feldmann (Goldfinger, Story Of The Year) is awesome. It is easily his best production to date. A freekin’ bombastic sound that I think even beats My Chemical Romance latest album in the competition of a huge sound. And the comparison with My Chemical Romance is quite obvious as they have worked so close together, but for my taste I think that The Used have taken a step forward and developed their sound even a little bit more. And that is an awesome step. Thrice, Story Of The Year, Taking Back Sunday and the other bands in the genre have to fight really hard to record better albums than this with their next ones. Just listen to second out “Pretty Handsome Awkward” and “Earthquake” and I’ll think you’ll agree.
It´s a pain in the ass with all the bonus tracks floating around in different versions.....I want them all!
I agree with Dallas and Mr.Winberg, John Feldmann shall have credit for this fine piece of work. I liked "in love and death" but this record is so much more dynamic and flourishing. Feldmann did an amazing job with City Sleeps, and follows up brilliantly with this one. The majority of the songs suits my ears very well too.
Was skeptical after hearing 6 of these tracks live. Feldmann got these tracks to work even better in the studio than live.
I dug it. "Hospital" FTW.