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On the band’s fourth studio album, Dusk and Summer, Dashboard Confessional continued to turn up the volume (not quite to 11), adding even more layers of big guitars and epic grandiosity to what had previously been mostly acoustic territory. Suffering from a lack of texture and variety, Dusk feels a bit homogenous as you work your way through the entire collection, but a number of standout songs spice things up. The title track is a real beauty, likely a candidate for many a love-struck victim trying to hang on to what was, and another more subtle track, “Stolen,” features a breathless Chris Carrabba confessing, “you have stolen my heart,” bobbing and floating on a fragile current of guitar and drums. Counting Crows vocalist Adam Duritz provides a nice counterbalance to Carrabba’s vocals on the sweet piano ballad, “So Long, So Long,” and “Slow Decay” takes the pure rock esthetic that opens the collection on “Don’t Wait” (the album’s first single) and takes it a level higher, with dark lyrics and Carrabba’s trademark soaring vocals propelled by some true screamo energy. “Heaven Here,” especially, has arena rock sincerity coursing through its pulsating, fist-pumping veins, as do a few other tracks of lesser note. But when you’ve got heavyweight producers like Daniel Lanois and Don Gilmore at the helm, what do you expect? This ain’t hipster night at the Indie Club, or beret night at the Jazzbo Lounge. You’re here to rock, right?

Customer Reviews

Flawless Album

Dusk and Summer = Perfect. Seriously! All of the songs on this album are worth a listen.... Don't Wait -- A really beautiful song with strong vocals Reason to Believe -- One of my favorites, a really awesome rock song, with captivating lyrics The Secrets In the Telling -- This one stands out, it's catchy and you'll play it again and again. Stolen -- One of the best!! Practically eveyones favortie song, it has a beautiful messege with heart-stopping lyrics that will make you cry Rooftop and Invitations -- Great song, another hard-core rock song like Secrets in the Telling So Long, So Long -- Another song that might bring you to tears. Currents -- A change, a slow song, but still amazing, one of the best. Slow Decay -- Another uniqe song, the vocals are great Dusk and Summer -- Tells a great story within perfect music Heaven Here -- The music is different, with the twinkling kind of sound playing in the background, not the best, but still really good. Vindicated -- One of the popular ones besides Stolen, if you liked stolen you'll like this one. Hope this review convices you to buy the album!


I am a diehard Dashboard fan, my favorite band, hands down, but i was kinda dissapointed with this album. I absolutly love their previous albums ( Swiss Army Romance, The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most, and A Mark A Mission A Brand A Scar)... and so ive waited like 3 years for this album to come out and this is it? Dont get me wrong, it's not bad, i mean any Dashboard is better then no Dashboard, but im not in love with it. It seems to "mainstream" for me and feels over produced. The other DC albums felt rawer i guess.. and just conveyed so much more emotion. Has some good songs but as a whole im not feeling it as much as old dashboard.... and btw, why is vindicated (an amazing song) on here? that song is from '04 (Spiderman 2 soundtrack) hmm.. kinda weird.

stop being such nubs

from reading the previous reviews i can see that most of the reviewers have never even picked up swiss army romance or the places you have come to fear the most. Chris alone with his acoustic was probably the best music ever. He would use crazy chords and be incredibly creative. While his lyrics do not seem to have changed (which is good), it sort of stings to watch a video with him using power chords...if you're just getting into dashboard do yourself a favor and get a swiss army romance


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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