I think it was New Year's Eve 2003 that I saw the video for Used For Glue on TV and I vaguely remembered hearing it somewhere before. So I 'acquired' it from the Internet, listened to it 20 times a day for a week, then bought this album.
I read the Amazon review beforehand, and I HAD to weigh in on this debate: Is United By Fate boring bland US Rock, or is it life-changingly good music?
Definitely the latter - This Is A Fantastic Album. I completely understand the person that says they listened to this so much that they should be bored of it, but they're not. I have not stopped listening to this record since January! I may have bought other things since, and gone back to some old favourites, but this has been in my car, in my hi-fi, on my MP3 player and I get the same enjoyment from hearing the opening drum part from Travel By Telephone every time.
This has become my new Siamese Dream, and that was an album that continues to inspire me more than ten years later. There's not a bad track on this album, even though some are not as immediately obvious as Used For Glue and Good Things.
My Echo, for example, is a bit too poppy and Beatley at first, but I have grown to love it. Holding Sand starts with what sounds like the world's most obvious riff, but after a few listens, the sheer joy of the chorus besomes irresistable and you'll be singing along with 'makes no impression on me...'.
Own this now. Seriously, I cannot recommend this enough. Even my girlfriend is starting to sing along with it, and she's a Bon Jovi fan. Hmm, actually, that might put you of....