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, 2012
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.

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."[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]

Release[edit]

The first single, "I Come Alive", was released digitally on January 10, 2012,[14] and released to radio on February 14, 2012.[15] "Hands and Faces" was released digitally early on February 21, 2012 and the following year released as a single.

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. "Put Me Out" impacted radio on August 14, 2012.[16] The band released a music video for "Put Me Out" on September 17, 2012.[17] On March 11, 2013, the band released a music video for the single "Hands and Faces".[18] The band then performed as part of Warped Tour Australia in November and December.[19]

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.[20]

Track listing[edit]

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, John Feldmann3:26
4."Put Me Out"The Used, John Feldmann4:02
5."Shine"The Used, Evan Taubenfeld4:04
6."Now That You're Dead"The Used, John 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, John Feldmann3:23
11."Hurt No One"The Used, John Feldmann3:21
12."Together Burning Bright"The Used, John 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.

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[21] 21
UK Albums Chart[22] 65
US Billboard 200[23] 8
Australia Album Chart[24] 18
US Top Digital Albums[24] 7
US Top Hard Rock Albums[24] 2
US Top Independent Albums[24] 1
US Top Modern Rock/Alternative Albums[24] 3
US Top Rock Albums[24] 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]

  1. ^ http://www.themetalforge.com/modules.php?name=Reviews&rop=showcontent&id=3856
  2. ^ a b Critic reviews at Metacritic
  3. ^ AbsolutePunk review
  4. ^ Monger, James Christopher (2012-03-26). "Vulnerable - The Used". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-03-26.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on April 11, 2012. Retrieved March 22, 2012.
  6. ^ Blare Magazine review
  7. ^ Wippsson, Johan (May 6, 2012). "The Used - Vulnerable". Melodic. Retrieved July 19, 2017.
  8. ^ The Metal Forge review
  9. ^ PopMatters review
  10. ^ Punknews.org review
  11. ^ Album reviews at CD Universe
  12. ^ Zaleski, Annie (December 15, 2011). "Exclusive Interview: Bert McCracken on the Used partnering with Hopeless Records". Alternative Press. Retrieved January 22, 2012.
  13. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-01-31. Retrieved 2013-02-28.
  14. ^ Bliss, Karen (January 11, 2012). "The Used's Bert McCracken Talks New Album, Becoming a Business Man". Noisecreep. AOL Music. Retrieved January 22, 2012.
  15. ^ "AllAccess.com Alternative eWeekly". AllAccess. February 7, 2012. Retrieved July 3, 2016.
  16. ^ "AllAccess.com Alternative eWeekly". AllAccess. August 7, 2012. Retrieved July 3, 2016.
  17. ^ http://buzzworthy.mtv.com/2012/09/19/new-video-the-used-put-me-out/
  18. ^ Video on YouTube
  19. ^ Mann, Tom (July 11, 2013). "Man Overboard Heart Attack Headline Tour". FasterLouder. Archived from the original on April 1, 2016. Retrieved October 2, 2018.
  20. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-11-18. Retrieved 2012-11-10.
  21. ^ "The Used – Chart History – Canadian Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 2012-04-05.
  22. ^ "Used - Albums". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2012-04-05.
  23. ^ "The Used – Charts History – Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved 2012-04-05.
  24. ^ a b c d e f http://www.allmusic.com/album/vulnerable-r2411892/charts-awards

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