The Used venture into new sonic territory on Vulnerable
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A decade ago, The Used put out their self-titled debut. On the strength of their lead single “The Taste of Ink,” they moved to the forefront of the early aughts’ emo/screamo boom. Of the many tastes of the week within that subgenre, few would have guessed that The Used would be one of the few bands to maintain steady output a decade later, and for that matter without the renunciation of their sound that most of their contemporaries went through. For better or worse, they’re the same band they were before, and on Vulnerable, their fifth studio album, they maintain the status quo while making some ill-advised ventures into new sonic territory.
Opener “I Came Alive” serves as a manifesto for Vulnerable as a whole, and it’s not particularly reassuring. Over their standard combination of fairly standard alt-rock and the occasional metal breakdown, Bert McCracken and company add some twinkling goth-opera piano and a deeply questionable excursion into dubstep wobble. Dabbling in the electro
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