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Editors’ Notes

Alter the Ending finds emo king Chris Carrabba raising the bar on his band’s sixth studio album. Where 2007’s Shade of Former Trees resonated with beautifully stark moments and exquisite desolation, this album reflects more of the light found at the end of the tunnel. “Get Me Right” opens with a stripped-down verse as a lone guitar accompanies Carrabba’s shaky vocals while the chorus unfolds dynamically with upbeat rhythms, winding guitars and layered singing that all ascend into hopeful tones. Proggy keyboards help “Until Morning” begin like a Rush number before the song quickly morphs into a triumphant, feel-good hit waiting to happen. The anthemic “Belle of the Boulevard” plays so sanguinely that you have to wonder who exactly is the muse changing Carrabba’s life and music? Fans of the band’s 2002 Unplugged performance are in for quite a treat as the Deluxe Edition boasts 13 extra songs – acoustic takes of the tunes that comprise Alter the Ending plus bonus track “Truth of the Matter,” a woeful serenade with low rumbling rhythms, lilting piano and subtle swells of guitar feedback.

Customer Reviews

Great Stuff once again!!

I've always enjoyed DC's music, and in my opinion, this is their best work up to date. For those who are familiar with their music will notice that DC rarely strays from their original style, yet each album they put out seems to be better than the last. That's progress!

Best of the Best.

Is there a singer/songwriter that can write like Chris? All the other genre's of music should listen to what music is supposed to sound like, and what it means to express yourself. Thanks for the acoustics versions Dashboard! Best album of the year, hands down. ;)


Acoustic versons are the bestt.


Formed: 1999 in Boca Raton, FL

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Singer/songwriter Christopher Carrabba became the poster boy for a new generation of emo fans in the early 2000s, having left behind his former band (the post-hardcore Christian outfit Further Seems Forever) to concentrate on vulnerable, introspective solo musings. Armed with an acoustic guitar and soul-baring song lyrics, he christened his new project Dashboard Confessional -- named after a lyric in "The Sharp Hint of New Tears" -- and began releasing material in 2000. By 2001's The Place You Have...
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