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  • Audio CD (March 27 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
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2012 album from the Orem, Utah-based Alt-Rock heroes. With over three million albums sold worldwide, The Used continues to create music that they stand behind 100%. '' 'I Come Alive' was the first song completed once we began writing this album. It sets up the record really well and I like how diverse and theatrical it is'', says front man Bert McCracken.

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Wow, this Album is Excellent (4.25/5) March 27 2012
By John D. Ryan - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I have been iffy on The Used in recent years. I loved their first two albums: their self titled and "In Love and Death". "Take it Away", "I Caught Fire", "On my Own", "Maybe Memories", "Box Full of Sharp Objects", "Choke Me"- all incredible songs. However "Lies for the Liars" was an inconsistent album, having some really good songs (liar liar) and some pretty bad ones (smother me), and with the exception of maybe "Blood on my Hands" and "Empty With You", "Artwork" was a largely forgettable album in my honest opinion.

To be clear however, I am not some bellyaching fanboy, which is what most people who criticized "Artwork" seemed to be (often unfairly) labeled as. I have no problem with a band maturing and trying to do new things; all the best ones do. Just when it came down to it, I simply didn't enjoy the vast majority of the music on artwork.

So for the most part after "Artwork" I kinda forgot about The Used. They have a history of taking a long time between albums so I figured I had a few years before I would be listening to them again. I didn't even know until last week that the used were releasing this record. So with the open mind I always bring into music, I preordered it on amazon. However, Zune Music Pass released the album a bit early so I have already listened to the album in its entirety multiple times. All I have to say is that it is really, really good, reversing a troublesome trend where to me The Used's albums were progressively worse.

"I Come Alive" is the kickoff track. It's a really great song and gets you pumped up, of course in a completely different way than their earlier albums' first tracks did. Nevertheless, it was a great a kickoff track, with brilliantly performed vocals, especially toward the end. The next song is "This Fire", another good song. The chorus in this song lives up to the title, absolute fire. The song is just raw enough to remind you that these are definitely the same guys we fell in love with a decade ago (well, minus one drummer).

The next song is "Hands and Faces", which I have mixed feelings about. I definitely do not like the auto-tuning of Bert's great voice in the verses. But, after a few listens, the awesome chorus makes up for it. Next is "Put me Out", probably my least favorite song on the album. Not bad at all, just a bit too messy and repetitive for my taste. The next song is "Shine", probably my next least favorite. Again it's good, but seems a bit too generic and never feels like The Used. However it's positive message is a refreshing change of pace from the usual lyrical content of the band.

After my two least favorite comes what may be my favorite track on the record: "Now That Your Dead". After an eerie and weird intro the song just explodes, into probably the hardest song the band released since Sound Effects and Overdramatics. However, do not make the mistake of thinking that this song is the used returning to its roots. It sounds nothing like anything they ever did, but it's awesome nonetheless and it's nice to hear Bert scream again. The next two tracks, "Give me love" and "Moving On" are also incredible songs and relatively fast paced.

That pace changes with the ballad "Getting Over You", another close candidate for the best song on the album. I can usually take or leave their ballads because I make the mistake of comparing all of them to one of my all time favorite songs, "On my Own". But this one actually doesn't pale in comparison and deserves a spot among the band's greatest songs.

Back to fast-paced kickassness with "Kiss it Goodbye", another quite hard song. Really awesome. This is followed by "Hurt No One", an interesting change in vocal style for Bert, but it works in every way.

The final song is "Together Burning Bright", another ballad, and another top five song on this album. It's hard to overestimate how powerful and beautiful this song is. I will say though that you will hear six words you would never expect Bert to sing: "I think it's gonna be alright"

Overall, this album is absolutely fantastic. It is easily top 3, and I would even put it ahead on In Love and Death and call it their second best ever, their best in a decade. This album is awesome.

Track Ratings:

I Come Alive: 5/5
This Fire: 3/5
Hands and Faces: 5/5
Put Me Out: 2/5
Shine: 3/5
Now that You're Dead: 5/5
Give Me Love: 5/5
Moving On: 4/5
Getting Over You: 5/5
Kiss It Goodbye: 4/5
Hurt No One: 5/5
Together Burning Bright: 5/5

Album Grade:

5+3+5+2+3+5+5+4+5+4+5+5= 51

51 score divided by 12 tracks= 4.25/5

4.25/5- Great Album

If i messed up my math or if you just feel differently, please post a comment for me. Also I typed this whole thing on an iPad so point out any grammar flubs for me. Thanks for reading!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Love this album April 7 2012
By Jennifer Alcorn - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Great album! 'Vulnerable' truly has a perfect mix of the music style Used fans know and love along with a positive feel to it. There are catchy "gross pop" anthemy songs like 'I Come Alive', 'Put me Out', 'Give me Love', and 'Moving On'. There are songs like 'Hands and Faces', and 'Machine'(bonus song) that are fun and "new sounding" with different interesting change ups throughout the songs. 'This Fire', is a beautiful empowering song. I love hearing strings and piano mixed in, it's very reminiscent of 'In Love and Death' in that way.'Now That Your Dead' is such a stand out song, the intro is creepy and movie esque then it just rocks the whole way through. "You're not with Jesus Christ, you're just gone" Badass.

'Kiss it Goodbye' is another hard hitting song from beginning to end, Bert's beatboxing at the end of it cracks me up. The loveable melodic balady songs on this record are of course 'Together Burning Bright' and 'Getting Over You'. 'Hurt No More' is one of my favorites too, it's a sad but lovely song. Very one of a kind song on this album. I would say this album falls second place for me. 'In Love and Death' will always be number one just because of the sentimental attachment I have to it, and what it got me through by the power of music.

'Vulnerable' is a 5/5 for me. Bert's voice sounds strong and full of range. His screams hit hard. My only gripe is the album cover is kinda plain. I love when they collaborated with Alex Pardee on other covers.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This Album is a MUST HAVE! March 27 2012
By True Duck - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Wow! is all I can say. The used have really outdone themselves with this album. Bert's vocals are on a new level with this CD, which brings back some of the angst found in the first two albums and blends it with a more mature sound. It's quite clear that a lot of thought and effort went into this one!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
An Incredible Lesson in Stepping Forward by Also Stepping Back April 11 2012
By Andrew R. Stepek - Published on
Format: Audio CD
The Used's new CD "Vulnerable" is from front-to-back a huge undertaking that delivers on every level. For the first time, you can hear The Used's complete passion for music. It's syncopated, modern, there are brave time signatures and yes, it's extremely catchy, with every song delivering a very clear portrait of the angst and love that this album metaphorically represents. Not directly going down same the path of several of their contemporaries by providing us with a concept CD, The Used take the high road and let the listeners engage in their story (and there is a very clear message and story here) by letting the sound create a universe. In other words, there is no direct reference to a character such as a "Pink" from "The Wall" or the less important "Patient" from "The Black Parade". This is a real story and it's very easy to feel... not only through Bert's lyrics and passion but also through the entire bands' melodic, pounding tonality. In all honesty, there isn't one skip song on this album and should be listened to as a whole to really feel it. Great work. You would really be missing something special by not purchasing this masterpiece. Support the artist. The Used are an indie band so please give back to them and show your appreciation for them giving us "Vulnerable".
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
It's just so polished. July 13 2012
By Rachel - Published on
I've listened to the CD a few times now, and I just can't feel the same way about it as a lot of the reviewers on this site seem to feel. It seems overly polished with no edge or emotion that many of the previous releases had. I wasn't the biggest fan of Artwork, but at least it had a "The Used" feel to it. I don't dislike this album by any means, but it just doesn't do it for me. I think I'll continue to listen to "In Love and Death" and "The Used" when I need to get my the Used fix. Disappointing.

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