In Love and Death

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In Love and Death
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Studio album by The Used
Released September 28, 2004 (2004-09-28)
Studio Foxy Studios, Los Angeles, CA
Genre Emo,[1][2] punk rock[1]
Length 41:44
Label Reprise
Producer John Feldmann
The Used chronology
Maybe Memories
(2003)
In Love and Death
(2004)
Berth
(2007)
Singles from In Love and Death
  1. "Take It Away"
    Released: August 26, 2004
  2. "All That I've Got"
    Released: December 7, 2004
  3. "I Caught Fire"
    Released: February 13, 2005
  4. "Under Pressure"
    Released: April 12, 2005
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (64/100) [3]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars [1]
Alternative Press 4/5 stars [4]
Billboard (positive) [5]
Blender 4/5 stars [6]
Drowned in Sound (8/10) [3]
Entertainment Weekly B [7]
The Guardian 3/5 stars [8]
The Metal Forge 7/10 stars [11]
NME (4/10) [3]
Q 3/5 stars [3]
Robert Christgau (dud) [9]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars [10]

In Love and Death is the second studio album by American rock band The Used. It was released on September 28, 2004 and was later certified gold in the United States, indicating over 500,000 copies shipped.[12] It is their most commercially successful album to date.[3] The title and music reference a number of tragic events that surrounded vocalist Bert McCracken during the album's production, notably the death of his pregnant girlfriend. In Love and Death is the final studio album to feature drummer Branden Steineckert.

Release and promotion[edit]

"Take It Away" was released to radio on August 31, 2004.[13] The album was first released on September 28, 2004. The album was re-released on May 3, 2005 with the addition of a bonus track, a cover of Queen and David Bowie's "Under Pressure", in which they collaborated with My Chemical Romance. The track "Sound Effects and Overdramatics" was featured on the Saw II soundtrack, and "All That I've Got" was used in the Saints Row 2 soundtrack. In August 2009, an instrumental version of the album was released on digital music stores.

Reception[edit]

The album has been generally well received by critics. Billboard said that it "continues to straddle the line between street credibility and mainstream success". The Guardian gave it 3 out of 5 stars, saying "Songs of self-abuse and suicide - and those are the sunnier moments - are wrapped in wailing riffs, big choruses and fiddly guitar solos." The album has been unanimously acclaimed by the fanbase. The album, along with The Used, are considered to be the band's strongest work. By February 2006, the album had sold over 642,000 copies.[14]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Quinn Allman, Bert McCracken, Jeph Howard and Branden Steineckert, except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Take It Away" 3:38
2. "I Caught Fire" 3:25
3. "Let It Bleed" 3:11
4. "All That I've Got" 3:59
5. "Cut Up Angels" 3:47
6. "Listening" 2:46
7. "Yesterday's Feelings" 2:48
8. "Light with a Sharpened Edge" 3:30
9. "Sound Effects and Overdramatics" 3:29
10. "Hard to Say" 3:30
11. "Lunacy Fringe" 3:41
12. "I'm a Fake" 4:06
Total length: 41:44

Personnel[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c AllMusic review
  2. ^ Spanos, Brittany (March 1, 2016). "40 Greatest Emo Albums of All Time". Rolling Stone. Retrieved March 1, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Critic reviews at Metacritic
  4. ^ Alternative Press review
  5. ^ Billboard review at the Wayback Machine (archived October 10, 2004)
  6. ^ Blender review Archived March 9, 2005, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ Richardson, Sean (2004-10-01). "In Love and Death Review". Entertainment Weekly (786): 74. Retrieved 2013-09-15. 
  8. ^ The Guardian review
  9. ^ Robert Christgau Consumer Guide
  10. ^ Rolling Stone review at the Wayback Machine (archived October 2, 2007)
  11. ^ The Metal Forge review
  12. ^ RIAA Gold and Platinum Data
  13. ^ "FMQB Airplay Archive: Modern Rock". Friday Morning Quarterback Album Report, Incorporated. Retrieved October 30, 2016. 
  14. ^ Kohli, Rohan (February 15, 2006). "Soundscan Results: Week Ending 2/12/06". absolutepunk.net. Retrieved February 12, 2016. 
  15. ^ "australian-charts – The Used – In Love and Death". australian-charts. Retrieved 2011-07-26. 
  16. ^ "The Used - Chart History - Canadian Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 2011-07-26. 
  17. ^ "Chart Log UK (1994–2008) U2 – Utopia". Zobbel. Retrieved 2011-07-26. 
  18. ^ "The Used - Charts History - Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved 2011-07-26. 
  19. ^ "ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2005 Albums". ARIA. Retrieved 26 July 2011. 
  20. ^ "CRIA Database Search for The Used". CAN. Retrieved 26 July 2011. 
  21. ^ "Certified Awards Search". BPI. Retrieved 26 July 2011. 
  22. ^ "RIAA Gold and Platinum Search". RIAA. Retrieved 26 July 2011. 

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