Lies for the Liars

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Lies for the Liars
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Studio album by The Used
Released May 22, 2007 (2007-05-22)
Recorded Foxy Studios, LA, CA
Genre Emo, post-hardcore, alternative metal, screamo
Label Reprise
Producer John Feldmann
The Used chronology
In Love and Death
(2004)
Lies for the Liars
(2007)
Shallow Believer
(2008)
Singles from Lies for the Liars
  1. "The Bird and the Worm"
    Released: March 20, 2007
  2. "Liar Liar (Burn in Hell)"
    Released: May 1, 2007
  3. "Pretty Handsome Awkward"
    Released: September 10, 2007

Lies for the Liars is the third studio album by American alternative rock band The Used. It was released on May 22, 2007.

Background[edit]

On September 12, 2006, it was announced that drummer Branden Steineckert left the band.[1] However, a day later, Steineckert explained that he was in fact kicked out of the band: "Quinn, Bert and Jeph have agreed that they no longer want to play music with me."[2]

In total, the band recorded 19 songs, from about 40 that were written in preparation for the album. Dean Butterworth of Good Charlotte recorded the drums for the album.

Release[edit]

From mid February to early April 2007, the band co-headlined the 2007 edition of the Taste of Chaos tour.[3] "The Bird and the Worm" was made available for streaming on March 19,[4] and a music video for the song was released on April 26.[5] A behind-the-scenes video of the "The Bird and the Worm" music video was released on May 11.[6] Lies for the Liars was made available for streaming on May 18,[7] and released four days later through Reprise.[4] The special edition version includes a bonus DVD, slightly different artwork, special casing, and a 24-page booklet packed with vibrant images of the band and Chadam. The special casing is fashioned to look like a book, with the pages within holding several photographs of the band and different fictional characters as well as the lyrics. The DVD has a 20-minute feature on the making of the album.[8]

The group were initially planned to appear on the 2007 edition of Warped Tour from late June to early July.[9] However, shortly prior to the beginning of the tour, it was announced that McCraken would be having vocal surgery, which forced the band to drop off Warped Tour.[10] From mid August to early October, the band went a tour of the U.S.,[11] before touring Australia and New Zealand as part of the Taste of Chaos Down Under tour.[12] Following this, the group toured across Japan and Europe in November.[11]

Dan Whitesides toured with the band and was later announced as the official new drummer.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (58/100) [13]
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk (62%) [14]
AllMusic 3/5 stars [15]
Alternative Press 4/5 stars [16]
Blender 3/5 stars [17]
Entertainment Weekly B [18]
Hot Press (3/5) [19]
IGN (7.7/10) [20]
The New York Times (average) [21]
NME (4/10) [22]
Now 1/5 stars [13]
Spin (6/10) [23]
Stylus Magazine B− [24]
Twisted Ear 2/5 stars [25]
The Village Voice (unfavorable) [26]

The album peaked at number 5 on the Billboard 200.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Quinn Allman, Bert McCracken and Jeph Howard. 

No. Title Length
1. "The Ripper"   2:56
2. "Pretty Handsome Awkward"   3:33
3. "The Bird and the Worm"   3:46
4. "Earthquake"   3:29
5. "Hospital"   2:58
6. "Paralyzed"   3:14
7. "With Me Tonight"   3:06
8. "Wake the Dead"   4:14
9. "Find a Way"   3:23
10. "Liar Liar (Burn in Hell)"   2:57
11. "Smother Me" (with hidden track "Queso") 6:18
Total length:
39:50

Hidden track[edit]

"Queso" is a 29-second song that is about a quesadilla. Though it was first released on The Used's MySpace in late 2006, most fans talked about it on message boards and thought of it as a joke; it was not expected to actually be on the album.

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart[27] 5
Austrian Albums Chart[28] 48
Canadian Albums Chart[29] 3
German Albums Chart[30] 61
New Zealand Albums Chart[31] 38
UK Albums Chart[32] 39
US Billboard 200[33] 5

Release history[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Branden Steineckert leaves the Used". Alternative Press. September 12, 2006. Retrieved August 4, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Branden Steineckert: "I was kicked out of the Used."". Alternative Press. September 13, 2006. Retrieved August 4, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Dates for Taste Of Chaos '07 revealed". Alternative Press. December 1, 2006. Retrieved August 8, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "Stream the new Used single". Alternative Press. March 19, 2007. Retrieved August 10, 2016. 
  5. ^ "The Used release "The Bird And The Worm" video". Alternative Press. April 26, 2007. Retrieved August 12, 2016. 
  6. ^ "The Used release "The Bird And The Worm" making-of video". Alternative Press. May 11, 2007. Retrieved August 15, 2016. 
  7. ^ "The Used post full-album stream of Lies For The Liars". Alternative Press. May 18, 2007. Retrieved August 16, 2016. 
  8. ^ The Used – Lies For The Liars (CD/DVD). SmartPunk.com. Retrieved on 2011-12-24.
  9. ^ "Throwdown added to Warped 07; Madina Lake drop off". Alternative Press. April 26, 2007. Retrieved August 21, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Bert McCracken to have vocal surgery; Used cancel Warped". Alternative Press. June 27, 2007. Retrieved August 24, 2016. 
  11. ^ a b "The Used to tour following McCracken's surgery". Alternative Press. July 13, 2007. Retrieved August 25, 2016. 
  12. ^ "The Used, Rise Against, Aiden on Taste Of Chaos Down Under". Alternative Press. June 8, 2007. Retrieved August 21, 2016. 
  13. ^ a b "Critic Reviews for Lies For The Liars". Metacritic. Retrieved 2013-09-15. 
  14. ^ Beringer, Drew (2007-05-22). "Used, The - Lies For The Liars - Album Review". AbsolutePunk. Retrieved 2011-12-24.
  15. ^ Lies for the Liars at AllMusic
  16. ^ Pettigrew, Jason (2007-07-25). "The Used - Lies For The Liars". Alternative Press. Retrieved 2011-12-24.
  17. ^ Blender review Archived September 30, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  18. ^ Sinclair, Tom (2007-05-25). "Lies for the Liars Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2013-09-15. 
  19. ^ Keane, Mark (2007-05-28). "Lies For The Liars". Hot Press. Retrieved 2013-09-15. (subscription required)
  20. ^ Thompson, Ed (2007-05-22). "The Used - Lies for the Liars". IGN. Retrieved 2013-09-15. 
  21. ^ Sanneh, Kelefa (2007-05-21). "New CDs (The Used: 'Lies for the Liars')". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-09-15. 
  22. ^ Silver, Dan (2007-05-31). "Album Reviews - The Used (Lies For The Liars)". NME. Retrieved 2013-09-15. 
  23. ^ Kelley, Trevor (2007-05-25). "The Used, 'Lies for the Liars' (Reprise)". Spin. Retrieved 2013-09-15. 
  24. ^ Bradley, Jonathan (2007-06-15). "The Used - Lies for the Liars - Review". Stylus Magazine Retrieved 2011-12-24.
  25. ^ "Twisted Ear review". Archived from the original on June 25, 2007. Retrieved June 25, 2007. 
  26. ^ Shinefield, Mordechai (2007-05-22). "The Used's Lies for the Liars". The Village Voice. Retrieved 2013-09-15. 
  27. ^ "australian-charts – The Used – Lies for the Liars". australian-charts. Retrieved 2011-07-29. 
  28. ^ "The Used – Lies for the Liars – austrian-charts". austrian-charts. Retrieved 2011-07-29. 
  29. ^ "The Used – Chart History – Canadian Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 2011-07-29. 
  30. ^ "German Album Charts – Search for The Used". musicline.de. Retrieved 2011-07-29. 
  31. ^ "charts.org.nz – The Used – Lies for the Liars". charts.org.nz. Retrieved 2011-07-29. 
  32. ^ "Chart Log UK (1994–2008) U2 – Utopia". Zobbel. Retrieved 2011-07-29. 
  33. ^ "The Used – Charts History – Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved 2011-07-29. 

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