WORDS BY: JEANETTE LEBLANC
RELEASE DATE: APRIL 1ST
“Some view art as a way of escaping reality; others view art as a mirror reflecting our sometimes sad society; we believe art can be a weapon, used to shape the very world we live in. The Used is proud to present to you, ‘Imaginary Enemy’.” – Bert McCracken
The time has finally come for one of Los Angeles’ most influential bands, The Used to release their sixth studio album Imaginary Enemy (purchase on iTunes here). This marks the bands first release since Vulnerable in 2012.
“Revolution” brings out a familiar introduction, with the same classic life lessons shared by that mysterious voice, that we first heard on “Take It Away” from In Love And Death. “Revolution” brings the energy and anticipation for the rest of the album as it breaks into their catchy and popular single “Cry”.
“Cry” is that track that we know will be played and enjoyed at all of their upcoming shows. Along with “Cry”, we can expect to enjoy fun performances from “El-Oh-Vee-Ee”, because these are the kind of songs that will stay stuck in your head for days.
“A Song to Stifle Imperial Progression” breaks down into a new heavy and wild sound from The Used. It’s a breakdown you would expect to hear on a Letlive album, but it definitely works for this track and makes things that much more interesting and impulsive.
Imaginary Enemy continues the bands loyalty to producer John Feldman, having worked with John on every release since the bands studio existence; it comes as no surprise that this album stays true to the original “The Used” sound that sucked the angst out of teens everywhere back in the early 2000’s.
Especially on tracks like “Generation Throwaway” that work as an anthem by incorporating gang-vocals that appeal to the next generation of “angst-filled teens”. While tracks like “Kenna Song” slow things way down and let your imagination wander while the lyrics leave you feeling inspired.
“Overdose” summarizes the album with that perfect vibe. It takes you on the same emotional ride that you felt through-out the entire album and turns it into a mellow and bright track.
Catch the only Canadian stop of the North-American tour with Taking Back Sunday & The Used with support from Tonight Alive and Sleepwave at the Kool Haus in Toronto on April 8th.
“Imaginary Enemy” Tracks:
A Song To Stifle Imperial Progression (A Work In Progress)
Force Without Violence