• Record Label: Reprise
  • Release Date: Sep 1, 2009
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 17
  2. Negative: 4 out of 17

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  1. RaquelK
    Sep 3, 2009
    10
    Amazing album. Sounds like the first record!
  2. TinyTim
    Sep 1, 2009
    3
    If you hate the band, this new album isn't likely to convert you. It is, however, an improvement over 'Lies For The Liars' in all aspects other than the cover artwork, which is inexcusable even for the genre.
  3. DanielD
    Sep 2, 2009
    10
    Another great but different album by the Used...
  4. MichaelG
    Sep 1, 2009
    10
    I absolutely have fallen for this album. I really think it deserves more than one listen (which is what most critics base their write-ups on). Once you get acquainted with the melodies and the musicality it's killer. I would say my FAVORITE album of 2009. And I've listened to a ton of stuff in all genres. Well done guys. MEANT TO DIE is my fave track right now.
  5. Sep 21, 2011
    10
    The Used have been my favorite band for a long time now, and I can honestly say they are without a doubt the most talented song writers ever. Their lyrics are incredible and have helped me get through some of my bad days. I think every album they have done is great (I know all of them by heart) and I will always cherish any music they do.
  6. Feb 20, 2012
    1
    The Used began their career in promise with Bert's voice being distinctive and their sound interesting and more complex than some of their peers. Flash forward 7 years and Artwork is the sound of a band running on fumes of its own energy. Here arrives the over-production sin of a band whose work has been decreasing severely with each release until we arrive at this- an empty, archaicThe Used began their career in promise with Bert's voice being distinctive and their sound interesting and more complex than some of their peers. Flash forward 7 years and Artwork is the sound of a band running on fumes of its own energy. Here arrives the over-production sin of a band whose work has been decreasing severely with each release until we arrive at this- an empty, archaic record from a movement which has long been extinguished. Expand
Metascore
56

Mixed or average reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 8
  2. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. Hooks never mattered to the Used anyway, so having a higher grade of execution helps underscore the Used's point, which ironically just makes the whole thing uglier and harder to take.
  2. He delivers overheated poetry like "As history gets lost and as I took that final breath, I felt alive," and his bandmates rock like shiny Satans.
  3. 30
    Turgid even for the genre, Artwork will make you hate yourself for singing along with tricky standouts like 'Empty With You.'