The Used (album)

The Used
Studio album by The Used
Released June 25, 2002 (2002-06-25)
(see release history)
Studio Foxy Studios, Marina del Rey, CA and Olympic Studios, London, England
Genre Emo,[1] screamo[1][2]
Length 47:16
Label Reprise
Producer John Feldmann
The Used chronology
The Used
Maybe Memories
Singles from The Used
  1. "A Box Full of Sharp Objects"
    Released: 2002
  2. "Buried Myself Alive"
    Released: January 28, 2003
  3. "The Taste of Ink"
    Released: March 10, 2003
  4. "Blue and Yellow"
    Released: May 20, 2003

The Used is the self-titled debut album by American alternative rock band The Used.


It was released on June 25, 2002 and has since been certified gold in the US.[3] "Buried Myself Alive" was released to radio on January 28, 2003.[4] "Blue and Yellow" was released to radio on May 20.[4] From June to August 2003, the group went on the 2003 edition of Warped Tour.[5]

The Used was mastered using HDCD technology. Although it is unmarked, playing the album in a CD player able to decode HDCD will give superior sound quality.

Reception and Legacy

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic [6]
Alternative Press link
Q link

Upon its release, the album received rave reviews from critics, with praise being directed primarily to the instrumentation. The album has since become recognized as a landmark album of the emocore and screamo genres.[1] Many bands such as Escape the Fate, Crown the Empire and A Static Lullaby have cited the album as a major influence on their sounds. NME listed the album as one of "20 Emo Albums That Have Resolutely Stood The Test Of Time".[7]

Track listing

All tracks written by The Used.

1."Maybe Memories"  2:55
2."The Taste of Ink"  3:28
3."Bulimic"  3:20
4."Say Days Ago"  3:17
5."Poetic Tragedy"  3:44
6."Buried Myself Alive"  4:02
7."A Box Full of Sharp Objects"  2:56
8."Blue and Yellow"  3:21
9."Greener with the Scenery"  3:37
10."Noise and Kisses"  2:49
11."On My Own"  2:43
12."Pieces Mended" (ends at 3:09, hidden tracks "Polly" and "Choke Me" start at 8:01)11:00
Total length:47:16

Multimedia content


The Used
Performance credits
  • John Feldmann – backing vocals on "Bulimic" and "Greener with the Scenery"
  • Carmen Daye – backing vocals on "Greener with the Scenery"
Visuals and imagery

Technical and production
  • John Reesemanagement
  • Paul Gomez – management
  • Craig Aaronson – A&R
  • Eric Greenspan – legal
  • Daryl Eaton – booking

Charts and certifications


Chart Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[8] 34
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[9] 87
US Billboard 200[10] 63


Title Year Peak chart positions

"The Taste of Ink" 2003 19
"Buried Myself Alive" 13
"Blue and Yellow" 23


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[12] Gold 35,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[13] Gold 50,000^
United States (RIAA)[14] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history

Region Date Label Format Catalogue
United States June 25, 2002 Reprise CD 9 48287-2
Australia October 21, 2002 9362482872
United Kingdom November 18, 2002 9362482872
Japan December 18, 2002 WPCR-11395
November 3, 2004 WPCR-22108
United States August 11, 2009 Vinyl LP 519935-1


  1. 1 2 3 Bird, ed. 2015, p. 30
  2. Greenwald, Andy (November 21, 2003). "Screamo 101". Entertainment Weekly.
  3. RIAA Gold and Platinum Data
  4. 1 2 "FMQB Airplay Archive: Modern Rock". Friday Morning Quarterback Album Report, Incorporated. Retrieved October 30, 2016.
  5. Staff (January 14, 2003). "Used, Simple Plan, Rancid, Distillers On Warped Tour '03". MTV. Retrieved June 29, 2016.
  6. AllMusic review
  7. "20 Emo Albums That Have Resolutely Stood The Test Of Time". January 14, 2015. Retrieved July 29, 2015.
  8. " – The Used – The Used". Hung Medien. Retrieved July 26, 2011.
  9. "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Phononet GmbH. Retrieved July 26, 2011.
  10. "The Used – Chart history" Billboard 200 for The Used. Retrieved July 26, 2011.
  11. "The Used – Chart history: Alternative Songs". Billboard. Retrieved December 29, 2014.
  12. "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2007 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association.
  13. "Canadian album certifications – The Used – The Used". Music Canada.
  14. "American album certifications – The Used – The Used". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  • Bird, Ryan, ed. (June 2015). "The 200 Moments that Defined Our Lifetime". Rock Sound. London: Freeway Press Inc. (200). ISSN 1465-0185. 
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