Review: The Used – Live and Acoustic at The Palace


Hearing your favourite songs live is great. Attending the live acoustic gig of your favourite band is even better. And having a record of said performance in another format than crappy videos from your phone? Priceless… April Fools jokes aside, The Used definitely did release such album, in celebration of their 15 years as a band, today.

One thought I had throughout listening to ‘Live and Acoustic at the Palace’ was how lucky those attending this special event were. It’s not every day you get to hear a band like The Used play a stripped down set, with gospel singers and a string quartet, featuring some of their biggest hits AND ‘Imagine’ by John Lennon. ‘The Bird and the Worm’ sounds especially awesome this way. It’s one of those you-had-to-be-there moments in life.

The best quality of a live album is how it makes the listener travel back to the moment of the artist’s performance, and re-live it over and over again. It’s especially true for this one, and thanks to Bert McCracken’s emotional commentary in between songs, it sounds even more intimate. Who would’ve thought these tough-looking men can put together such an authentic performance in a style they don’t often get to play? All hail the new kings of live-acoustic rock!

‘Live and Acoustic at the Palace’ is out now!

Dóra Udvardi
Dora covers the events of the Hungarian music scene – or wherever she's actually living – over at Alt Scribe. She gained interest in writing about music when she created her first blog on Buzznet in 2011. Since then she became a featured blogger on the site, where she shares about fragments of her life, travels and music experiences. She's the person to go to if you want to know about actual music events. CURRENTLY LISTENING TO: All Time Low, The Carbonfools and The Kooks. SPECIALIST SUBJECT: The Hungarian music scene

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