05:15 PM on 06/25/12
one of the biggest game changers ever. this album FLOORED me - and even though it seems a bit silly as a comparison, bands like Letlive. owe a lot to The Used for being able to take such a harsh, hardcore sound and blend it with pop sensibilities so seemlessly.
I couldn't fathom how easily Bert could switch from his throat-shearing screams and shrieks to high-pitched hooks. It was as if he was a pair of turntables, one side was gorgeous high notes and the other side was screaming, and he simply pushed the fader from one side all the way to the other. brilliant.
subsequent albums have been letdowns, but nothing was as genuine, as ground-breaking or as memorable as that first s/t album. props to John Feldmann for manning the boards for it too.