Vulnerable (The Used album)

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Vulnerable
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Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 26, 2012 (2012-03-26)
Recorded2010–2011
Genre
Length43:45
Label
ProducerJohn 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. "Put Me Out"
    Released: August 14, 2012
  3. "Hands and Faces"
    Released: February 21, 2013
Alternative cover
Re-issue cover (2013)
Re-issue cover (2013)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic(69/100)[2]
Review scores
SourceRating
AbsolutePunk(60%)[3]
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[4]
Alternative Press3.5/5 stars[2]
Audiopinions(9/10)[5]
Blare Magazine3/5 stars[6]
Melodic3/5 stars [7]
The Metal Forge7/10 stars[8]
PopMatters6/10 stars[9]
Punknews.org2/5 stars[10]
Q3/5 stars[11]

Vulnerable is the fifth studio album by American rock band The Used. It was released on March 26, 2012 via Hopeless Records. The album was produced by John Feldmann,[12] who also produced the band's first three studio albums, The Used (2002), In Love and Death (2004), and Lies for the Liars (2007), and their Maybe Memories (2003) compilation album.

Background[edit]

In late April 2010, the group cancelled all upcoming shows in European and Russia, citing circumstances rising from a split with their management team. In addition, they mentioned they had started writing for their next album.[13]

Musical style[edit]

Lead singer Bert McCracken said of the album: "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."[14]

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."[14]

Release[edit]

"I Come Alive" was made available for streaming on January 5, 2012[15] through KROQ-FM,[16] before being released as a single on January 10.[17] The album's track listing was revealed on January 19.[18] The following day, a lyric video was released for "I Come Alive".[19] "I Come Alive" was released to alternative radio stations on February 14.[20] "Hands and Faces" was released as a single on February 21.[21] The group appeared at the Alternative Press' South by Southwest showcase on March 17[22] performing an acoustic set.[23] In the days leading up to the release of the album, the band streamed several tracks through a variety of music websites: "Shine" (through Alternative Press)[24] and "Put Me Out" (through Hurley International) on March 20,[25] "Moving On" (through Revolver)[26] and "Hurt No One" (through Noisecreep) on March 22,[27] and "Getting Over You" and "This Fire" on March 23.[28] Vulnerable was released on March 26 as joint release between Anger Music Group and Hopeless Records.[24] On the same day, the group made an outtake "Machine" available for streaming.[29]

On April 6, a music video was released for "I Come Alive".[30] It was followed by streams of acoustic renditions of "I Come Alive" and "Put Me Out" on April 12.[31] In April, the group embarked on a UK tour[32] with support from Marmozets.[33] In May and June, the group went on a headlining US tour, before appearing on the Warped Tour in June and July.[34] On July 18, a lyric video was released for "Put Me Out".[35] The track was released to alternative radio stations on August 14.[36] The band released a music video for "Put Me Out" on September 17,[37] before embarking on a headlining west coast US tour with support from Twin Atlantic and Stars in Stereo.[38] In November, the band headlined Warped Tour UK[39] before supporting Evanescence on their UK arena tour.[40] On January 21, 2013, a deluxe edition was released featuring an extra disc of recordings and new artwork.[41] Between January and March, the group headlined the Take Action Tour.[42] On March 8, the band released a music video for "Hands and Faces".[43] In May, the band co-headlined the AP Tour in Japan with Silverstein and Crossfaith.[44]

Track listing[edit]

Standard edition
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."I Come Alive"The Used3:16
2."This Fire"The Used, John Feldmann3:15
3."Hands and Faces"The Used, Feldmann3:26
4."Put Me Out"The Used, Feldmann4:02
5."Shine"The Used, Evan Taubenfeld4:04
6."Now That You're Dead"The Used, Feldmann4:07
7."Give Me Love"The Used3:19
8."Moving On"The Used4:01
9."Getting Over You"The Used, Martin Johnson3:46
10."Kiss It Goodbye"The Used, Feldmann3:23
11."Hurt No One"The Used, Feldmann3:21
12."Together Burning Bright"The Used, Feldmann3:51
Total length:43:45

Additional track information[edit]

The Used recorded 16 songs during the Vulnerable recording session. The 4 b-sides from the session are titled "Surrender", "The Lonely", "Machine", and "Disaster". Some were released as bonus tracks and were all later included on the reissue of the album along with acoustic and remix versions of some of the albums songs.

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart Peak
position
Canadian Albums Chart[45] 21
UK Albums Chart[46] 65
US Billboard 200[47] 8
Australia Album Chart[48] 18
US Top Digital Albums[48] 7
US Top Hard Rock Albums[48] 2
US Top Independent Albums[48] 1
US Top Modern Rock/Alternative Albums[48] 3
US Top Rock Albums[48] 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

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b Critic reviews at Metacritic
  3. ^ AbsolutePunk review
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  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on April 11, 2012. Retrieved March 22, 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  6. ^ Blare Magazine review
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  8. ^ The Metal Forge review
  9. ^ PopMatters review
  10. ^ Punknews.org review
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