In Love and Death

The Used - In Love and Death
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Based on 3 reviews
User Score
Based on 53 ratings
2004 Ratings: #78
September 28, 2004 / Release Date
LP / Format
Reprise / Label
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Last year, The Used’s ‘Heartwork’ was one of my favourite releases; a fantastically creative yet cohesive release filled with catchy hooks and melodies. So, I figured it was about time I had a look over the rest of their discography and find out what makes them such a big name in the emo music world, and where better to start than the highly influential 2004 release ‘In Love and Death’ (the second 2004 album in a row I’ve checked out!)?

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A lot of things to hate here, look at any of songs and you'll find glorification of all sorts of bad shit. This was an album I bumped A LOT at the tender age of 12, I find it weird that I could identify with this album as much as I did.

In Love and Death does have a few good song structures and as well a good album flow, though this is just not good music. Its lyrics and vocals play off as incredibly one-dimensional and reductive.
Take it Away - 10
I Caught Fire - 9
Let it Bleed - 10
All That I've Got - 7
Cut Up Angels - 7
Listening - 10
Yesterday's Feelings - 7
Light With A Sharpened Edge - 9
Sound Effects and Overdramatics - 10
Hard to Say - 9
Lunacy Fringe - 10
I'm A Fake - 10
it's ok
Looking back this record had great songs but in retrospect i could see the band was in a bit of identity crisis as they were outgrowing their audience and trying to explore styles beyond what they were pigeon holed as. The result is a record with metalcore and reggae in it. A bit sloppy but it aged well.
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Added on: January 2, 2014