Just as it did with its platinum debut, Utah's the Used continues to straddle the line between street credibility and mainstream success.

Just as it did with its platinum debut, Utah's the Used continues to straddle the line between street credibility and mainstream success. The act's sound veers between raw screamo (lead single "Take It Away") and more polished material (the string-laden "Lunacy Fringe"). Yet the Used connects on both ends. The four-piece, led by alternately throat-shredding and crooning vocalist Bert McCracken, remains diverse enough to play Ozzfest, the Vans Warped tour and Projekt Revolution but still writes purely pop songs like "Cut Up Angels," which has a similarity to earlier track "The Taste of Ink." In addition to the aforementioned songs, highlights include "I Caught Fire (In Your Eyes)" and the moving ballad "All That I've Got," which was written about McCracken's dog.—BT

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