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.
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