Dusk and Summer
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Dusk and Summer is the long-awaited follow up to 2002's much heralded A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar. That album not only propelled Dashboard Confessional to near platinum sales, but also made the band's founder and front man, Chris Carrabba, a household name and face. Armed with an incredibly loyal fan base, DC will often sell out shows without tickets getting past the band's fan club. They are one of the few bands that have maintained a strong connection with their fans while growing well into a more mainstream audience. Dusk and Summer is the perfect next-level record for a band growing musically. Armed with the same brilliant lyrics you've grown to expect from Dashboard Confessional, Dusk and Summer is filled with huge, sweeping hooks and massive rock anthems. The bigness of these songs will be impossible to ignore and this is clearly the record needed to take Dashboard Confessional to superstar status.
It's all about the power chord and the sing-along chorus. With the exception of the stark title track, Christopher Carrabba's once-prominent acoustic strumming is now in short supply. Along with Scott Schoenbeck, John Lefler, and Mike Marsh, the Dashboard Confessional mastermind cranks it all up on his fourth full-length: the guitars, vocals, drums, the works. Consequently, some listeners have been tossing around the letter "U" and the numeral "2." It's a bit of a stretch, although the album was co-produced by Daniel Lanois of Joshua Tree fame (and mixed by Nevermind's Andy Wallace). The Florida outfit also opened for the Irish superstars in support of 2003s A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar. That said, Carrabba is still the same earnest young man, just more amplified than before. Aside from "Dusk and Summer," quieter tracks include "Stolen" and the piano-driven "So Long, So Long," decorated with husky croons from Adam Duritz of the Counting Crows. But even these seem loud compared to Carrabba's stripped-down early material. It isn't a bad move, but like most stylistic shifts it's sure to send a few longtime fans packing, while making room for new ones who've never heard Dashboard Confessional before or who found the old stuff too whiny and angst-ridden. Well, there isn't much whining on Dusk and Summer--just a whole lotta (heartfelt) rockin'. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
Top Customer Reviews
First single "Don't Wait" opens with a riff reminiscent of the "Sixpence None The Richer" hit song "Kiss Me", and has been repeat-playing on my computer all morning. When I finally decided to move along, I discovered that the other songs were equally good, and after kicking myself (mentally that is - doing this physically requires some athletic skill, and besides, it hurts) I have now decided that this is one of the best albums I've heard in a while.
You have to experience the guitar intro to "Reason to Believe" which leads into the angst-ridden vocals by Carraba, as he wails "Oh sweet lungs don't fail me now / Your burning has turned into fear". Then he calms down a little with "The Secret's in the Telling" (another favorite of mine), the slightly breathless "Stolen", and the acoustic guitar of "Rooftops and Invitations."
All this serves as a lead in to THE best track of all, "So Long, So Long" the duet with Adam Duritz, which caused another repeat-play interlude, and delayed my progress to the end of the album, which is sadly only ten songs long. The other four songs "Currents" (a must for Coldplay fans, with the soaring intro and chorus), "Slow Decay", "Dusk and Summer" and "Heaven Here" are all well written tracks.Read more ›
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Untitled track 5/5: This song really gets the mood going. It sounds as if it was supposed to be on The Places You Have come to Fear the Most, but it is alot more upbeat and the drums and piano and guitar is really driving.
Vindicated 4/5: This was never really my favorite song. Probably because it was played so much on the radio in the past couple years. But nevertheless it is a good song.
Don't Wait 4/5: This is a far stretch from traditional DC, as this whole album mostly is. Chris really belts out the lyrics in this song. The first single off the album.
Reason To Believe 5/5: The first dark sound dashboard song i have ever heard. (By the way i have never listen to the album prior to this, so i dont know if im right) The guitars are driving and Chris is belting once again.
Secret's in the Telling 5/5: No doubt this is the next single. This song to me is somewhat reminiscent to Vindicated.
Stolen 5/5: One of my favorite songs on the CD. This is more of a slower song and the lyrics and melodies really great. The lyrics and music go really good together.
Rooftops and Invitations 5/5: One of the more upbeat happy sounding songs. Really good mood here.
So long, so long 6/5: THE BEST song on this album. I promise you. This song is a straight up ballad. When I first heard that Chris would be doing a duet with the singer from Counting Crows, I was skaptic because i was never a big Counting Crows fan. But his voice and Chris's together is breathtaking. This song is so amazing and the lyrics are awesome. By far one of the best of Chris's masterpieces.
Currents 4/5: A chilled out song. Not really DC sounding but it really is good.
Slow Decay 3/5: This song is okay. I don't tend to like the dark mood this whole song has. This is almost hard rock sounding. The lyrics do have alot of meaning in them though.
Dusk and Summer 5/5: The other acoustic song on the album. I really like this song it reminds me of summer (obvously). Chris hits the highest notes i think i have ever heard him hit at the end of this songs.
Heaven Here 4/5: This is more ambient sounding. Its good but it use of different instruments makes it different.
All in all i like this cd a whole lot. I got it when i was at the beach so i was all corny and listened to it on the beach. But it really is a summer cd and is awesome.
This album is perfect for the time of year in which it was released because the feelings that it evokes are the same as the feelings of the upcoming end of summer. When I listen to the songs on this CD, they make me think of reminiscence and longing. There seems to be less direct sadness than in Chris's earlier songs; instead, there's an increased sense of nostalgia and beauty. It's the same feeling that you get when you're at the end of a fantastic summer: you're aware that that period of your life has past, never to be tasted again, and you find yourself looking back on it with fondness and a slight sense of loss. That's the feeling that I get when I slip this album into my CD player. They couldn't have found a title for this collection of songs that was more fitting!
While I must admit that the first few times I listened to this CD I longed for the days of the 'So Long EP' and the 'Swiss Army Romance,' but with every listen I found myself growing more and more attached to this album. From start to finish, this CD captures its listeners with some of Chris' best lyrics and best vocals yet. You'll find every songs repeating in your mind for days as you find yourself singing along each time, and the wonderful thing is, you won't mind the added soundtrack to your life. Furthermore, this album is a major step up from the slightly limp 'A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar' and though it only features one acoustic track, 'Dusk and Summer' in its entirety is a winner for Dashboard Confessional fans, Chris Carrabba fans, and new listeners alike.
Buy the CD and give it a few listens before you make your judgement. You won't be disappointed.