Josh Page
contributor
June 06, 2007
Buy it at Insound!
Amazon:
Lies for the Liars Lies for the Liars
May 22, 2007
Reprise
Lies for the Liars (CD/DVD) Lies for the Liars (CD/DVD)
May 22, 2007
Reprise
The Used The Used
June 25, 2002
Reprise
Berth Berth
February 6, 2007
Reprise / Wea
In Love and Death In Love and Death
May 3, 2005
Reprise
More Recent Album Reviews:
Chk Chk Chk
Ahab Rex
Alias & Tarsier
Arrah & the Ferns
Beach House
Beastie Boys
Black Lips
Brand New
Consequence
Copeland
Dat'r
Deer Tick
Deerhoof
Dirty on Purpose
Dntel
Emily Haines & the Soft Skeleton
Fall Out Boy
Feist
Forgive Durden
Grinderman
Harley Poe
Isobel Campbell
Ladyhawk
Loch Lomond
Love Arcade
Menomena
Modest Mouse
Mohair
My Chemical Romance
Novi Split
Rufus Wainwright
Scissor Sisters
Scott Walker
Sean Lennon
Sonic Youth
Spoon
St. Vincent
Straylight Run
Supreeme
Tech N9ne
Tegan and Sara
The Decemberists
The Good The Bad and The Queen
The Killing Moon
The Polyphonic Spree
The Rosebuds
The Shins
The Used
Under the Influence of Giants
Unkle
Recent Soapbox:
Recent Live Reviews:
Recent Interviews:
RMR in your inbox.
Get the latest album reviews, interviews, concert reviews, photos, and more in your inbox! We'll never email more than once a week and your info will never be shared.
email
name
city state
Sponsored Advertising
Rock Music Reviews
The Used
Lies for the Liars

One listen to Lies for the Liars and any fan of the Used might wonder whether the Utah foursome had added a DJ to their lineup. To see them in concert without a turntable or computer might surprise listeners, mainly because with their third studio album, the Used has traded some of their raw and untampered sound for a more produced and polished filter. Producer John Feldmann deserves his own set of “thanks you”s in the band's album sleeve after the much involved role he played in the creation of this disc.

Just as former friends/now enemies My Chemical Romance broke into the mainstream pop world, it seems that the Used is attempting to format their music into a more produced and rock radio-ready sound. Right out the gate, the Used shock the listener with their new musical direction: “The Ripper” is dripping with synthesized goodies and vocal scratching as is “Hospital” which sounds in some places like a dance remix to a track off of their self-titled debut.

“Pretty Handsome Awkward” could very well be the Used's ticket to stardom. It includes a catchy (yet still brutal) hook that will undoubtedly be worn to death by modern rock stations, if the band is so wise as to release it as a single.

However, it must be stated that Bert McCracken and the gang haven't turned into the next Linkin Park. They still have the sharpened edge that got them notoriety in the first place. First single “The Bird and the Worm” is an excellent track that beats the bloodied passion of past Used records into their new heavily produced heart. With strings that sound taken directly from Danny Elfman's soundtrack to the next Tim Burton movie and metaphorical lyrics that are some of the finest being played over hard rock airwaves, the Used show genuine progress with their sound.

Often overlooked in place of their harder songs, the Used have (as with each of their subsequent records) a collection of very heartfelt acoustic numbers that could be easily considered some of the best tracks on the album; “Find A Way” especially, where Bert's above average vocals shine brighter than they ever have before.

However, the award for best song goes to “Wake the Dead”, where the Used channel My Chemical Romance channeling Pink Floyd for an incredibly well-done and breathtaking track that features a bridge that is easily comparable to Floyd's “The Great Gig in the Sky”.

Now, just because the songs that are name-dropped in this review are praised for their originiality and freshness, it isn't safe to say that this album is at all flawless. While none of the tracks are bad (except for maybe the overtly bratty “Liar Liar (Burn In Hell)”), there is a lack of cohesion that definitely makes itself apparent throughout the disc. What's funny is that even with the heavy budget paid to production, the album still feels slightly unfinished. In an attempt to develop their sound, the Used seem to have lost ahold of who they are. Hopefully by their next disc, the quartet will be able to grow as a band without becoming too generically commercial.

Release date: May 22, 2007
Label: Reprise Records
Rating: 7.0 / 10

[RMR]