The Used's six studio album, Imaginary Enemy might have been released on April Fool's Day 2014, but this album is no joke. The Used has once again out done themselves with another incredible album.
The lead single, "Cry" proved that this album, while good, is slightly different for The Used. There's some more electronics to the music, and slightly catchier beats and lyrics. This particular track speaks for those who have had their heart broken, but do not wish to go crawling back to the person that did the breaking.
This album is also a bit more polticial than expected, even "El-Oh-Vee-Ee" states, "You've got your mansions, you've got your minions. Protected privilege. But we've got love." Lyrically, it has almost a 'free love' sort of vibe to it, as if we're back in 1969 again. Clearly, The Used has decided to call out the government a bit this time around -like a lot of rock bands have done in the past.
"A Song To Stifle Imperial Progression" is a song that was made to be played live. There's just something about it that would definitely get people going down in the pit at a concert.
Some stand out tracks are "Generation Throwaway", "Make Believe" and "Evolution", completely for their lyrical content. These songs could be empowering, if fans choose to see them that way.
Over all, this is a good album. The politics thrown in detracts from its greatness some, but the music is wonderful. The Used is not capable of totally disappointing anyone, and this album has recieved four stars.
Back in November 2013, Pierce The Veil released a documentary called This Is A Wasteland. The title comes from their song "Hell Above", and it is unlike any other band documentary this particular journalist has ever seen. Most DVDs that bands release themselves are live concert DVDs, and this is most definitely not this.
This is incredible. This documentary is about their experiences as they toured across the world, and it features footage from not only venues they've played, but some of the places they they got to see while traveling. Such as Jakarta, Indonesia, where they saw people riding motorcycles with babies on the front of them, or having people climb all over the stage in Brighton, England.
This DVD shows the behind the scenes of the tour, not just what you would have seen had you been to such tours. This includes the good and the bad. The twenty hour, dreadful flights across the world, the injuries, and getting a show totally canceled for no real reason. Then you also see the excitement and the anxiousness of getting to play for large crowds that might not even speak your language, and the random tour fun with horse heads and cheap magic tricks. You see it all, and I for one think this is incredible.
Every single band should do something just like this. Where they show fans into the world of a musician. So many fans think its all fun and games, but the truth is, its a long, tiring, and often times stressful journey. That journey also happens to be very inspiring. Whether or not you are a Pierce The Veil fan, it is highly recommended that you watch this documentary. Its a can't thing for any musician, or fan. It can inspire the musicians to strive to the great heights they wish to get there, while showing the reality of it all to everyone.
The rating this DVD gets surely seems obvious -its a full five stars.
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