Just as My Chemical Romance considerably expanded its sonic scope with 2006's THE BLACK PARADE, fellow brooding emo act the Used opted to expand its sound with '07's LIES FOR THE LIARS, the band's first studio album since '04's IN LOVE AND DEATH. Evidence of this change is immediately apparent on the album's lead single, "The Bird and the Worm," which is heralded by ominous Wagnerian strings, and impressively showcases frontman Bert McCracken's dynamic vocals. Clearly eager to shed the "emo" tag, the Utah-based group unabashedly moves into metal territory throughout much of LIES, a notion reinforced by the slinky, hard-rock-like "Pretty Handsome Awkward." Though some Used fans may long for the ensemble's angsty earlier work, most listeners will be too floored by this record's aggressive and visionary new aesthetic to care.
Spin (p.90) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "'Handsome' is easily one of the best songs that McCracken and his scraggly bandmates have written. Both pissed off and impossibly catchy, it's an undeniable anthem..."
Entertainment Weekly (p.84) - "[T]here's no denying the galvanic power of singer Bert McCracken's blowtorch vocals..." -- Grade: B
Alternative Press (p.148) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[B]ecause their energy matches their vision, they've managed to make the best record of their career thus far."