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The Used
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Studio album by The Used
Released June 25, 2002 (2002-06-25)
Studio Foxy Studios, Marina del Rey, California;
Olympic Studios, London, England
Genre
Length 47:16
Label Reprise
Producer John Feldmann
The Used chronology
The Used
(2002)
Maybe Memories
(2003)Maybe Memories2003
Singles from The Used
  1. "A Box Full of Sharp Objects"
    Released: June 2002
  2. "Buried Myself Alive"
    Released: January 28, 2003
  3. "The Taste of Ink"
    Released: March 11, 2003
  4. "Blue and Yellow"
    Released: May 19, 2003

The Used is the self-titled debut studio album by American rock band The Used. It was released on June 25, 2002.

Background[edit]

Jeph Howard and Branden Steineckert played in a local act that performed shows with another band, which featured Bert McCracken. The former band soon broke up; Howard, Steineckert and Quinn Allman formed a new band,[1] Dumb Luck in October 1999.[2] Shortly afterwards, the group split up.[1] The Used formed in January 2001 with Allman on guitar, Howard on bass and Steineckert on drums.[3] The trio, who were in need of a vocalist, held many fruitless auditions.[4] According to Howard, they "remembered [about McCracken] and called him. After that, everything just fell into place."[1]

Following a period of homelessness, the group recorded a demo release, Demos from the Basement.[4] Allman said the group listened back to the demos "over and over, getting stoked talking about what we wanted to do with them".[5] The group eventually gave a copy to John Feldmann of Goldfinger,[4] "but he would tell us they totally sucked", Allman added.[5] The band subsequently honed their sound[5] before Feldmann flew the group out to Los Angeles, where they played label showcases without any success initially. However, they soon began to receive offers from record companies. Soon afterwards, the group signed to major label Reprise Records in late 2001.[4] McCracken said the label staff "really seemed to get what we're about ... offer[ing] us 100% creative and artistic freedom".[6]

Production and composition[edit]

The Used was recorded at Foxy Studios in Marina del Rey, California with Feldmann as the producer.[7] The group recorded piano parts at in London[8] at Olympic Studios. Feldmann acted as an engineer with assistance from Mark Blewett and Donny Campion. Feldmann contributed backing vocals to "Bulimic" and "Greener with the Scenery", the latter of which also included additional backing vocals from Carmen Daye. String arrangements on "Greener with the Scenery" and "On My Own" were done by Nick Ingman. Feldmann mixed the recordings, while Joe Gastwirt mastered them at Ocean View Digital Mastering.[7] Steineckert said that "[the] one thing we all took from [working with Feldmann] ... [was] to not lose yourself through everything".[5]

The album's sound has been described as emo[9] and post-hardcore.[9][10][11] "The Taste of Ink" is "pretty much about being frustrated and maybe biting on a pen", according to McCracken.[3] McCracken said "Buried Myself Alive" was "about a girl. It's about drugs. It's about loss. It's about being alive, about living".[3] "A Box Full of Sharp Objects" was inspired in part by McCracken's past experiences with drugs. He said it was about "drugs and alcohol and loss and love ... and just being stoked that things are always going to get better or always gonna get worse and that's such a great thing".[3] "Blue and Yellow" is about McCracken and Allman's friendship, as the latter explains: "When the band started to really pick up ... we were almost not being friends anymore because we were focusing so much time on the band and not on each other".[12]

Release[edit]

The Used was released on June 25, 2002 through Reprise Records.[13] During the summer, the group performed on the Warped Tour[14] and Ozzfest touring festivals.[15] In July, "A Box Full of Sharp Objects" was receiving airplay and a music video was in rotation at TV stations,[3] which was directed by the band.[16] In late August, a music video was filmed for "The Taste of Ink". In October and November, the band supported Box Car Racer on their headlining tour of the US.[17] In early December, the band performed at KROQ-FM's Almost Acoustic Christmas festival.[18] In January 2003, the band went on a headlining West Coast tour of the US with support from Taking Back Sunday, New Transit Direction and the Blood Brothers.[19] "Buried Myself Alive" was released to radio on January 28.[20] The following day, the band posted the music video to the song on their website.[21] The video was directed by Ami & Kinkski,[16] and features McCracken "play[ing] with fire while the band wreaks havoc", according to Kludge.[21]

A headlining tour of the US East Coast followed in February with support from Finch, the Movielife and My Chemical Romance.[19] "The Taste of Ink" was released as a single on March 11.[22] In March and April, the band went on tour with Coheed and Cambria.[23] In April and May, the group went on tour with Thrice.[24] Two of these shows formed part of MTV's Campus Invasion tour.[25] "Blue and Yellow" was released to radio on May 19.[12] From June to August, the group performed at Warped Tour.[26] In July, the group released a CD/DVD album, Maybe Memories. The CD included live versions of "Maybe Memories", "Say Days Ago", "A Box Full of Sharp Objects" and "On My Own", Japanese-exclusive bonus track "Just a Little", a demo of "Bulimic", and "Sometimes I Just Go for It", a track that had been recorded during the piano sessions in London.[8]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars [27]
Alternative Press4/5 stars [28]
CMJ New Music ReportFavorable [29]
Exclaim!Favorable [30]
Melodic3/5 stars [31]
Punknews.org3/5 stars [32]
Q4/5 stars link
Sputnikmusic5/5 [33]

Upon its release, the album received average reviews from critics, with praise being directed primarily to the instrumentation.

Commercial performance and legacy[edit]

The Used debuted at number 50 on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart in the August 17 issue. It later rose to number one in the November 16 issue and gained "Heatseekers Impact" status when the release moved from number 106 to number 96 on the Billboard 200 chart.[6] It eventually peaked at number 63 on the chart.[34] Reprise Records' marketing director Xavier Ramos said the label's market strategy for the group was to let their fan base build through touring. He said, "We put them on the road soon after we signed them. Our philosophy was that this is a good live band, and they'll win fans over show by show".[6] The Used also charted at number 34 in Australia[35] and number 87 in Germany.[36] It was certified gold in Austrlia,[37] Canada[38] and the US.[39] "The Taste of Ink" charted at number 19 on the Alternative Songs chart[40] and number 52 in the UK.[41] "Buried Myself Alive" charted at number 13 on the Alternative Songs chart.[40] "Blue and Yellow" charted at number 23 on the Alternative Songs chart.[40]

By July 2003, the album had sold 500,000 copies.[42] The album has since become recognized as a landmark album of the emocore and screamo genres.[9] Many bands such as Escape the Fate, Crown the Empire and A Static Lullaby have cited the album as a major influence on their sounds. NME listed the album as one of "20 Emo Albums That Have Resolutely Stood The Test Of Time".[43]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by the Used.[7]

No.TitleLength
1."Maybe Memories"2:55
2."The Taste of Ink"3:28
3."Bulimic"3:20
4."Say Days Ago"3:17
5."Poetic Tragedy"3:44
6."Buried Myself Alive"4:02
7."A Box Full of Sharp Objects"2:56
8."Blue and Yellow"3:21
9."Greener with the Scenery"3:37
10."Noise and Kisses"2:49
11."On My Own"2:43
12."Pieces Mended" (ends at 3:09, hidden tracks "Polly" and "Choke Me" start at 8:01)11:00
Total length:47:16

Music videos[edit]

  • "A Box Full of Sharp Objects" (directed by John Feldmann)
  • "The Taste of Ink" (directed by The Malloys)
  • "Buried Myself Alive" (directed by Arni and Kinski)
  • "Blue and yellow" (from the Maybe Memories' DVD)

Personnel[edit]

Personnel per booklet.[7]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Appearances[edit]

References[edit]

Citations

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  9. ^ a b c Bird ed. 2015, p. 30
  10. ^ Greenwald, Andy (November 21, 2003). "Screamo 101". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on January 10, 2016. 
  11. ^ Brownlee, Bill (August 31, 2016). "Screamo band the Used salvages an affecting debut album on first of two nights at the Midland". The Kansas City Star. Archived from the original on August 22, 2017. 
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  14. ^ "Warped Tour To Kick Off In Late June". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. March 7, 2002. Archived from the original on February 12, 2017. Retrieved February 11, 2017. 
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  24. ^ White, Adam (March 20, 2003). "Thrice Road Tests New Material Alongside The Used". Punknews.org. Aubin Paul. Retrieved April 10, 2018. 
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