Artwork - The Used
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  • Summary: The rock band's fourth album produced by Matt Squire, is the first with new drummer, Dan Whitesides.
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 8
  2. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. On their fourth full-length, the Used have delivered not only the definitive album of thier career, butarguably one of the best records you'll hear in 2009. [Sep 2009, p.109]
  2. The Used have taken the best elements of their previous releases, refined them and delivered the strongest album of their career.
  3. The Used pushes boundaries with the frenetic lead single 'Blood on My Hands,' whose video features McCracken as a gleeful, blood-soaked vigilante. But the song doesn't so much reinvent the band's sound as amplify it. Other tracks like 'Sold My Soul' and 'The Best of Me' highlight the Used's knack for crafting brutal yet crowd-pleasing anthems.
  4. Peeling off much of the outfit’s Utah-bred oddness and emotive chaos, the album is a clear ploy at breaking through to a more pop-inclined audience.
  5. 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.
  6. After sampling the tasteless, bland delights of Artwork though, I can't imagine many will.
  7. 30
    Turgid even for the genre, Artwork will make you hate yourself for singing along with tricky standouts like 'Empty With You.'

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
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  3. Negative: 2 out of 6
  1. MichaelG
    Sep 1, 2009
    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. Expand
  2. Sep 21, 2011
    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. Collapse
  3. DanielD
    Sep 2, 2009
    Another great but different album by the Used...
  4. RaquelK
    Sep 3, 2009
    Amazing album. Sounds like the first record!
  5. TinyTim
    Sep 1, 2009
    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. Expand
  6. Feb 20, 2012
    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, archaic record from a movement which has long been extinguished. Expand