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

Generally favorable reviews- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 18
  2. Negative: 4 out of 18

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.'