The Used: Imaginary Enemy

Released: April 1, 2014

Imaginary Enemy is in my opinion one of the best albums that “The Used” has put out since their first two albums. While I have enjoyed each of their albums I feel this one has gotten back on par with the greatness of the bands first two albums which have held up as great albums after 10 or 12 years. Imaginary Enemy almost feels, in my opinion, like a part two of the bands album “In Love and Death”. The difference with this album is the political themes that are explored making the album much more personal which is great.

Right out of the gate the album is charged with energy, starting with “Revolution” bringing the message that it’s time for a change in our world because things aren’t how they should be. The next track, “Cry” dives into the topic of emotions and how relationships require vulnerability which can result in pain. I like that this song has a familiar lyric from some of the bands earlier content when it says “if you’re gonna get me back, you’re gonna have to ask nicer than that” which is a nod to the bands earlier music. “El-Oh-Vee-Ee” is a statement song about how this band stands for love and wants its fans associating with love and not hate. “Keep the money because all we need is love.”

Another favorite track of mine from this album is “Make Believe” which I can personally relate to making it even more powerful. The song is about being taught lies or misinformation as an innocent child and growing up to find that what you where taught was “make believe” sold as fact. To me, this song paints a picture of our society that raises children to believe in these religious doctrines without factual evidence and that they need religion in order to love, find their way, and understand death. We are plagued with this in our society and this song represents a sort of awakening that allows for one to ask questions and seek answers on their own.

The last song I want to talk about is the track “Imaginary Enemy”; a track about how the “powers that be” like to paint a picture of enemies for us to be against. The track has a great verse in the second half that sings, “Who taught me to hate you when I don’t even know you? Who created the enemy?” This song really captures our world full of mass media that is always painting false enemies for us to be afraid of or a group of people that we should hate. Overall, the songs on this album all seem to dig deep and hold powerful messages if your willing to receive them. This album is raw, powerful, and thought provoking. It has the feel of some of the bands earlier work with an addition of political type themes.

Grade: A-

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