The Used are inching closer to their April 24th release date of their forthcoming album Heartwork via Big Noise.
Their second single from the record, Paradise Lost is a tribute to poet John Milton. Lead singer Bert McCracken goes on about the song: "I’ve always been a bit obsessed with Paradise Lost. I really dug deep into the poem and its author, John Milton. As I was reading a lot of his political essays I realized that a lot of what ’Satan’ says in Paradise Lost are quotes directly from John Milton’s own mouth. A lot of people thought he was the devil back then. He had a huge problem with the show of opulence from the Church. He thought it was disgusting. His poem is about the failed revolution against the Church of England, which is Satan’s failed revolution on earth. And what’s more incredible or exciting than a failed revolution?"
The song is one giant crescendo. The first third of the tune is melodic, almost dreamlike with only vocals and orchestral instrumentation that weaves through your ears with the song then breaking out into typical, heavy Used fashion. The first verse drops off to give you a nice backdrop of the lyrics and overall melody of the song with the chorus kicking in hard and staying the same consistent pace throughout the rest of the song similar to their previous single BLOW ME from this upcoming Heartwork album.
It's strange, Paradise Lost really only has one and a half verses in the song and a chorus that is strung throughout with the lyrics 'I'm Shaken" because the song is based after a poem. It's one of the most unique takes on a song I've ever heard in my entire life. I wish more bands would do something as creative as The Used did with Paradise Lost and can't wait to hear the rest of the album. But don't take my word for it. Listen for yourself below!
You can check out The Used's latest single "PARADISE LOST" below!
THE USED - PARADISE LOST
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