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  • Summary: The Utah emo band's third disc is their first since the departure of drummer Branden Steineckert.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. Because their energy matches their vision, they've managed to make the best record of their career thus far. [Jun 2007, p.148]
  2. There's no denying the galvanic power of singer Bert McCracken's blowtorch vocals. [25 May 2007, p.84]
  3. Lies for the Liars is a funny, befuddling, and altogether unexpectedly enjoyable record.
  4. After a while, the surfeit of ideas starts to sound like a lack. But the choruses are as effective as ever.
  5. Even if Lies for the Liars has the appearance of a crossover album, a la The Black Parade, it doesn't have the substance.
  6. 60
    While the Used honestly want to move away from their time-tested sound, the experiments come off as unfocused and confused. [May 2007, p.90]
  7. It seems as if they've done everything possible to distance themselves from their original, much more interesting sound, opting instead for songs with barely enough hooks and coherent structures.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 40
  2. Negative: 11 out of 40
  1. K-Fed
    Jun 10, 2007
    An amazing album from The Used. Keep it coming.
  2. CarolB.
    Feb 29, 2008
    This is a great album. The USed managed once again to succesfully merge crazy awesome chaos with swweeett melody! Earthquake is awesome. I don't think that any of there songs are cheesy. I just think you have to understand them. Yes, the Used can get a little angry at times (like in lies for liars) but I think it is still a great song especially if your mad. Basically this album has a song for every mood. It can also be therapy. The used just makes great music and will always make great music! Expand
  3. 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. Expand
  4. JonC
    Jun 5, 2007
    This is an intresting album from the used. It keeps me coming back for more. Though the amount of screaming has died down i still like this album.
  5. AaronG
    Jul 24, 2007
    I would give this a 6.5 if I could. This cd is alright. I was hoping for more though. The Used always seem to bounce around extremes on their records (Maybe Memories/On My Own, Sound Effects and Overdramatics/Yesterdays Feelings) and its no different here. On the past two cd's I enjoyed the slower songs, especially on the first CD. Because while they were slower they still had a rockin' bridge or chorus (Greener with the Scenery), not the case on this CD. As far as slow songs go With Me Tonight is OK. Nothing more. Find a Way is cheesy and Smother Me is full of sappy love lyrics. The hardest (and best) song on Lies for the Liars is Wake the Dead and it could be one of their best songs on any their cd's. Paralyzed has one of the catchiest choruses they have written and Pretty Handsome Awkward has an awesome riff. The bridge in the Ripper is also real good with lots of screaming. If that's one thing I miss is Bert screaming, there just isn't enough of it. I would say the worst thing about this CD though are the lyrics. Liar Liar, Smother Me, Find a Way are the worst of them. Expand
  6. AmurabiM.
    Mar 30, 2008
    This is totally absurd. This is the kind of music that adolescents without the minor sense of self criticism can hear. This is music for mental adolescents. The kind of music that tries too hard to be inventive and original knowing that its sound is just a whiny imitation of the most popular acts of this "genre". Emo music is always controversial, but this album makes the detractors of the popular genre smile and confirm their expectations. This album is just a piece of overproduced and "hardrocking" bullshit. No more. Expand
  7. Cables
    May 30, 2007
    These guys used to rock. Now they blow.

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