Vulnerable (The Used album)

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Studio album by The Used
Released March 26, 2012 (2012-03-26)
Recorded 2010–2011
Length 43:45
Producer John Feldmann
The Used chronology
The Ocean of the Sky
(2013)The Ocean of the Sky2013
Singles from Vulnerable
  1. "I Come Alive"
    Released: January 10, 2012
  2. "Hands and Faces"
    Released: February 21, 2012
  3. "Put Me Out"
    Released: August 14, 2012
Alternative cover
Re-issue cover (2013)
Re-issue cover (2013)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (69/100)[2]
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk (60%)[3]
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[4]
Alternative Press 3.5/5 stars[2]
Audiopinions (9/10)[5]
Blare Magazine 3/5 stars[6]
Melodic 3/5 stars [7]
The Metal Forge 7/10 stars[8]
PopMatters 6/10 stars[9] 2/5 stars[10]
Q 3/5 stars[11]

Vulnerable is the fifth studio album by American rock band The Used. It was released on March 26, 2012, under their own label Anger Music Group through, Hopeless Records. The album was produced by John Feldmann, who also produced the band's first three studio albums.[12]

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]


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" became the second single, and was released digitally on February 21, 2012, through the band's website and on iTunes.

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]

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.[19]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "I Come Alive" The Used 3:16
2. "This Fire" The Used, John Feldmann 3:15
3. "Hands and Faces" The Used, John Feldmann 3:26
4. "Put Me Out" The Used, John Feldmann 4:02
5. "Shine" The Used, Evan Taubenfeld 4:04
6. "Now That You're Dead" The Used, John Feldmann 4:07
7. "Give Me Love" The Used 3:19
8. "Moving On" The Used 4:01
9. "Getting Over You" The Used, Martin Johnson 3:46
10. "Kiss It Goodbye" The Used, John Feldmann 3:23
11. "Hurt No One" The Used, John Feldmann 3:21
12. "Together Burning Bright" The Used, John Feldmann 3:51
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. A hidden track titled "Kinda Hectic" is included on the album too. When inserted to a PC onto iTunes the song plays at the end of track 10 (from 2:42 to 3:23) but when inserted into a cd player, the song plays on track 11 in negative time (from -0:43 to 0:00).


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.



Chart Peak
Canadian Albums Chart[20] 21
UK Albums Chart[21] 65
US Billboard 200[22] 8
Australia Album Chart[23] 18
US Top Digital Albums[23] 7
US Top Hard Rock Albums[23] 2
US Top Independent Albums[23] 1
US Top Modern Rock/Alternative Albums[23] 3
US Top Rock Albums[23] 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


  1. ^
  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. ^ Audiopinions review at the Wayback Machine (archived April 11, 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. ^ 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
  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. ^ " Alternative eWeekly". AllAccess. February 7, 2012. Retrieved July 3, 2016. 
  16. ^ " Alternative eWeekly". AllAccess. August 7, 2012. Retrieved July 3, 2016. 
  17. ^
  18. ^ Video on YouTube
  19. ^
  20. ^ "The Used – Chart History – Canadian Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 2012-04-05. 
  21. ^ "Used - Albums". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2012-04-05. 
  22. ^ "The Used – Charts History – Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved 2012-04-05. 
  23. ^ a b c d e f

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