Vulnerable (The Used album)

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Vulnerable
Studio album by The Used
Released March 26, 2012 (2012-03-26)
Recorded 2010–2011
Genre Emo, pop punk, post-hardcore,[1] alternative rock, screamo
Length 43:45
Label Hopeless, Anger Music Group
Producer John Feldmann
The Used chronology
Artwork
(2009)
Vulnerable
(2012)
The Ocean of the Sky
(2013)
Singles from Vulnerable
  1. "I Come Alive"
    Released: January 10, 2012
  2. "Hands and Faces"
    Released: February 21, 2012
  3. "Put Me Out"
    Released: September 17, 2012
Alternative cover
Re-issue cover (2013)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (69/100)[2]
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk (60%)[3]
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[4]
Alternative Press 3.5/5 stars[2]
Audiopinions (9/10)[5]
Blare Magazine 3/5 stars[6]
The Metal Forge 7/10 stars[7]
PopMatters 6/10 stars[8]
Punknews.org 2/5 stars[9]
Q 3/5 stars[10]
Under The Gun Review 8/10 [11]

Vulnerable is the fifth studio album by American alternative rock band The Used. It was released on March 26, 2012, under their own label Anger Music Group through, Hopeless Records. The album was produced by John Feldmann, who also produced the band's first three studio albums.[12]

Musical style[edit]

Lead singer Bert McCracken stated about the album by saying: "This record’s really about becoming more than just who you are, and allowing yourself that vulnerability to be a more powerful person. It’s a lot more positive than a lot of records we’ve written in the past. I think everyone could use some positivity nowadays."[13]

McCracken also said about the music: "There’s a lot of hip-hop influence, beats and drum and bass kind of stuff, but it’s also still a The Used record, by all means. Just like any other Used record, it’s a horse of many colors: There are a lot of soft and heavy sounds, there are a lot of brutal, sharp, bright sounds, and the tempos are anywhere from ultra-slow to super fast and heavy. There are a lot of different conceptual feelings on the record."[13]

Background[edit]

The first single, "I Come Alive", was released digitally on January 10, 2012.[14] "Hands and Faces" became the second single, and was released digitally on February 21, 2012, through the band's website and on iTunes.

In the days leading up to the release of the album, the band streamed many tracks from Vulnerable through a variety of music websites. On March 20, 2012, "Shine" and "Put Me Out", were released to stream online. On March 21, 2012, another track, "Now That You're Dead", was also made available to stream online, followed by the tracks "Kiss It Goodbye", "Moving On", and "Hurt No One", the latter were all made available to stream on March 22, 2012. On March 24 The Used posted another song, "Give Me Love" on the Kerrang! website. The band released a music video for the second single, "Put Me Out" on September 17, 2012.[15] On March 11, 2013, the band released a music video for the single "Hands and Faces".[16]

Re-issue version[edit]

The album was re-released on January 22, 2013 under the title 'Vulnerable (II)', featuring a second disc with several B-sides, acoustic tracks and remixes.[17]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "I Come Alive"   The Used 3:16
2. "This Fire"   The Used, John Feldmann 3:15
3. "Hands and Faces"   The Used, John Feldmann 3:26
4. "Put Me Out"   The Used, John Feldmann 4:02
5. "Shine"   The Used, Evan Taubenfeld 4:04
6. "Now That You're Dead"   The Used, John Feldmann 4:07
7. "Give Me Love"   The Used 3:19
8. "Moving On"   The Used 4:01
9. "Getting Over You"   The Used, Martin Johnson 3:46
10. "Kiss It Goodbye"   The Used, John Feldmann 3:23
11. "Hurt No One"   The Used, John Feldmann 3:21
12. "Together Burning Bright"   The Used, John Feldmann 3:51
Total length:
43:45
  • Note: a hidden track title "Kinda Hectic" is included on the album. When inserted to a PC onto iTunes the song plays at the end of track 10 (from 2:42 to 3:23) but when inserted into a cd player, the song plays on track 11 in negative time (from -0:43 to 0:00).

LPs[edit]

The album has been released on standard black vinyl, limited edition 180 gram transucent red vinyl, and limited edition 180 gram transucent blue vinyl (limited to 300 copies). The limited edition transucent blue vinyl was a repress/reissue of the album released on Monday August 6, 2012.

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart Peak
position
Canadian Albums Chart[18] 21
UK Albums Chart[19] 65
US Billboard 200[20] 8
Australia Album Chart[21] 18
US Top Digital Albums[21] 7
US Top Hard Rock Albums[21] 2
US Top Independent Albums[21] 1
US Top Modern Rock/Alternative Albums[21] 3
US Top Rock Albums[21] 3

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalogue
United States March 26, 2012 Hopeless, Anger 12" vinyl HR749-1
CD HR749-2
Japan April 11, 2012 Kick Rock EKRM-1212

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