The Canyon

Album Review of The Canyon by The Used.

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The Canyon

The Used

The  Canyon by The Used

Release Date: Oct 27, 2017
Record label: Hopeless Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock

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The Canyon - Excellent, Based on 3 Critics

AllMusic - 90
Based on rating 9/10
90

Drawing dichotomous inspiration from happy childhood memories and the devastation following a friend's suicide, the Used explore mortality and the big picture on The Canyon, their seventh and most ambitious effort to date. Produced by Ross Robinson, this double album is bloody, raw, and unflinchingly personal, its impact made more effective by an unpolished, live feel achieved by recording directly to tape. Taking new artistic steps, the Used incorporate elements from prog-leaning bands like At the Drive-In and Coheed and Cambria, as well as dramatic rock outfits like Muse and My Chemical Romance.

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Drowned In Sound - 90
Based on rating 9/10
90

To paraphrase I'm Alan Partridge's Tony Hayers, The Used are a band who, over the last 15 years, have gained a reputation for making mostly bad records. Their self-titled debut grossed you into submission, looming over like Tyler Durden, shaking its bloodied face and screaming "YOU DON'T KNOW WHERE I'VE BEEN!" until you gave it everything it wanted. Since then, though, they've offered up a series of ever-diminishing returns - through electronic dalliances and the back-to-basics shrug of Artwork, to 2014's political-with-a-small p Imaginary Enemy.

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Alternative Press - 80
Based on rating 4
80

Read more: Bert McCracken talks about the Used's "happy/sad" new album For a number of reasons, The Canyon is unlike anything you've heard from the Used. For starters, after years of working with the gloss-heavy John Feldmann, the band eschew many modern production techniques on their seventh album ….

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