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In Love and Death [Bonus Track]
     

In Love and Death [Bonus Track]

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by The Used
 

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By 2004 it was getting a little difficult to tell groups like AFI, My Chemical Romance, Thrice, or the Used apart. All mixed the energy of punk, emo-derived passion, and metal sensibilities into a well-played, expensively-produced package. But the end product often ended up sounding a little similar. Though

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By 2004 it was getting a little difficult to tell groups like AFI, My Chemical Romance, Thrice, or the Used apart. All mixed the energy of punk, emo-derived passion, and metal sensibilities into a well-played, expensively-produced package. But the end product often ended up sounding a little similar. Though its heart is eventually lost amidst the guiding elements of the genre, the Used's In Love and Death does make some impressive moves away from those very same tenets, showing some welcome restraint and even some rocktastic energy. "I Caught Fire" is irresistible, because it uses its big-budget filters and six-string layers as an advantage, building tension for the song's triumphant chorus release. "Take It Away" sees the inherent, timeless power of a solid riff, and actually revitalizes the ridiculously played-out singing guy/screaming guy dynamic that so many groups in this scene faithfully rely on. "Cut Up Angels," too, is a nice departure, offering fans a modified pop gem that lightens the album's mood considerably. Unfortunately, it still sticks to formula. There are the overwrought string and piano sections, impassioned lyrics, dense arrangements of metal chording and tortured screaming. These sounds have their place, no question. But if all that depression and heartbreak begins to bleed into the diary of the next guy over, it becomes less unique. Still, The Used have made some strides with In Love and Death toward a fuller sound. and it'll be interesting to see what their next move is. [The album was re-released in 2005 with the addition of a bonus track; the group's collaboration with My Chemical Romance on a version of the Queen/David Bowie collaboration "Under Pressure."]

Product Details

Release Date:
05/03/2005
Label:
Reprise / Wea
UPC:
0093624936626
catalogNumber:
49366
Rank:
3472

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Used   Primary Artist
Sean Ingram   Vocals,Background Vocals
Bert McCracken   Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Group Member
Branden Steineckert   Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Group Member
Quinn Allman   Guitar,Vocals,Toy Instruments,Group Member
Jeph Howard   Bass,Vocals,Band,Group Member

Technical Credits

David Bowie   Composer
Freddie Mercury   Composer
Brian May   Composer
Howard Benson   Producer,Audio Production
John Deacon   Composer
Danny Lohner   Programming
John Feldmann   Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements,Audio Production
Andrew Hessler   Guitar Techician,Bass Technician
Joshua Eustis   Programming
Used   Composer
Bert McCracken   String Arrangements
Branden Steineckert   Programming
Johnny Brown   Drum Technician
Mark Blewett   Engineer,Guitar Techician,Bass Technician
Daniel Jensen   Drum Technician
Alex Pardee   Artwork
Brian Patchett   Guitar Techician,Bass Technician
Roger Taylor   Composer

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In Love and Death 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the used's self titled album and now that there back with "In love and death", it could not be any better!!! I love the used, they are my favorite band!!! "In love and death" ROCKS!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this cd is soooo awesome!! if you like take it away than you will love this cd....i did!
Guest More than 1 year ago
After seeing their music video, "Take It Away", I wanted the CD right away. I loved the song so much I finally bought this CD, and let me tell you: IT. IS. AWESOME. The music is loud and energetic, there's nice singing yet cool screaming. Just a brilliant CD for people who like rock, already like The Used, or have an open-mind to music. So, listen to the samples, and if you like what you hear then BUY THE CD: YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!!!! (I sure wasn't.)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yo this is the best album ive heard in a while! great stuff, and i can listen to this cd over and over again. Every song is awesome.!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this album is great the new song take it away blows me away get ready for the used album of the year
Guest More than 1 year ago
After The Used's self titled album came out, I couldn't wait until I heard more. In Love and Death is everything you could hope for and more for their second release. To choose which is more enjoyable is imposible. If you loved the first album, you will love this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd rocks!!! The songs are about two things- love and death. I like the death songs better. But a lot of the songs are actually funny! I love this album! It feeds my hunger of punk. BUY!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nice lyrics, just not the same as their old CD. The music is more soft, more depressed, which is definitely NOT The Used I'm so used to hearing. If you're a big fan of their previous self-titled album, then you may need expect some pop-punk in this CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Used is brilliant, all of the guys bring together something terrific and beautiful. I love it. I listen to the (non-edited) album very very often and Bert's voice may seem harsh, but in some 'softer' songs like Lunacy Fringe and Yesterday's Feelings, you can just melt with the love and tenderness that comes out of it all. <33
Guest More than 1 year ago
'In Love and Death' shows the Used are moving in a new direction. "Take it Away", "Sound Effects and Overdramatics", and "I'm a Fake" will remind you of the first album. Then the 'In Love and Death' takes a turn toward pop-punk with "I Caught Fire", "All That I've Got", "Cut up Angles", and "Light with a Sharpened Knife". Think Good Charlotte(which makes sense since these guys are all friends. GC's drummer is from Utah). The new album is softer than the first with more melodies and the intorduction of strings. Bert still delivers passionate and personal lyrics but with more singing, less screaming. Its hard to picture Bert diving off the speakers at the Warped Tour while performing most of these songs. Songs from 'In Love and Death' are catchy, but the new album suffers compared to the first release. To quote the Used, "Think for yourself".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago