Lies for the Liars

Lies for the Liars

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by The Used
     
 

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It isn't completely fair to compare the Used to My Chemical Romance, despite their associations in the past (they covered Queen and David Bowie's "Under Pressure" as a team) and surface similarities. The Used have deeper roots in punk (there's a reason why former drummer

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It isn't completely fair to compare the Used to My Chemical Romance, despite their associations in the past (they covered Queen and David Bowie's "Under Pressure" as a team) and surface similarities. The Used have deeper roots in punk (there's a reason why former drummer Branden Steineckert high-tailed it for a gig with Rancid), and they always were more purely emo than MCR. Nevertheless, the Used's third studio album, Lies for the Liars, sure brings to mind The Black Parade, particularly in how the Used pile on lurid, florid art rock trappings upon their pop-punk, borrowing vocal arrangements from Queen and imagery from The Wall (this time, it's the worms); the album also has a song called "Hospital" that recalls the deathbed escapades of Gerard Way. But where Lies for the Liars really shares similarities with The Black Parade is in how it's a big-budget escalation of the band's sound designed to leave the emo tag behind. While there's a haze of pretension hanging over some of the record -- nowhere more so than on the awful single "The Bird and the Worm," a noisy hookless cluster of staccato strings, druid vocals, and narcissistic emo romanticism -- this plays more poppy than proggy, as the Used dabble in all sorts of classic pop sounds, kicking off the album with a sleek, echoey new wave guitar and then spiking the chorus of "With Me Tonight" with blaring horns straight out of Chicago. All this flair gives Lies for the Liars some lightness if not levity, since the Used is, like all bands of their ilk, a very serious band, diligently plundering the deep uncharted avenues of the soul. Try as they may to inject some humor into their music -- the mock-shuffle on "Paralyzed," the two-step gallop of "With Me Tonight," the "liar, liar pants on fire" chorus of "Liar Liar (Burn in Hell)," which was probably meant ironically but sure doesn't play that way -- this is a relentlessly sober affair, churning with glum guitars and an eternally adolescent sincerity. It's not funny, it's not fun, but it wasn't meant to be: it was meant as a collection of tortured love songs ("Earthquake" and "Find a Way" boasting the sweetest melody and harmonies here) and teenage solidarity anthems ("Pretty Handsome Awkward," which winds up sounding like a clumsy come-on). Ironically enough, that splashy production and infusion of pop on Lies for the Liars may very well keep away the adolescents who stuck with the band throughout their first two records -- there's nothing that angsty teenagers like better than aggression, which isn't necessarily absent here, but it is tempered -- and may keep them from speaking to any listener a few years removed from college.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/22/2007
Label:
Reprise / Wea
UPC:
0093624330929
catalogNumber:
43309
Rank:
103299

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Performance Credits

Used   Primary Artist
Julianne Feldman   Vocals
John Feldmann   Percussion,Keyboards,Vocals
Monique Powell   Vocals
Dean Butterworth   Percussion,Drums
Bert McCracken   Piano
Dan Whitesides   Vocals
Danny Feinberg   Vocals
Feldy   Vocals
Ashley Grobmeyer   Vocals
Jeph   Vocals
Joe Manganiello   Vocals
Arin Older   Vocals

Technical Credits

Suzie Katayama   String Contractor
John Feldmann   Programming,Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements,Audio Production
Used   Composer

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Lies for the Liars 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
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Everything you've read about this CD being overproduced is true, but somehow the Used manages to pull it off for the second time with Lies for the Liars (the first cd, of course, being their debut and therefore in the rawest form for the band). "Pretty Handsome Awkward" "Earthquake" and "The Bird and the Worm" are sure to be media favorites, and while most die-hards are going to scoff at the heavy production, I personally promise that the new tracks will grow on you. Witness them live (which is always The Used's best medium anyway) at Vans Warped Tour this summer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Some songs are good like Handsome Akward, Hospital, Wake the Dead, the Ripper, Paralyzed. The ballads are a drag, sort of poppy with cliche lyrics. What I dont really like is that its filled with too much techno-electronic and string arrangements. It seems like its over-produced. But I give the used credit for great new melodies (Paralyzed) and of course Quinn's amazing guitar playing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is simply amazing, but as is all of The Used's albums. I have a bit of a complaint for this site, however. In credits, vocals are set to be someone else but the lead singer, Bert McKracken.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Let me just say that i have really liked the used since their first cd came out. I was expecting a little somethin different i guess. It seems a little to over produced but that isnt always bad. Berts voice is as great as ever but there do seem to be a lot of other vocalist on the cd that really dont need to be. The cd starts out great, the first 5 songs are just awesome USED stuff. After that it kind of goes down hill. I was listening to it with a buddy of mine and about half way through the cd we just kind of lost interest, this cd doesnt keep your attention as well as the other Used cds do. But it is a good cd....it could just be better.
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