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Places You Have Come to Fear

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  • Audio CD (April 3 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00005AAXE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 244 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,072 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. The Brilliant Dance
2. Screaming Infidelities
3. The Best Deceptions
4. This Ruined Puzzle
5. Saints And Sailors
6. The Good Fight
7. Standard Lines
8. Again I Go Unnoticed
9. The Places You Have Come To Fear The Most
10. This Bitter Pill

Product Description


Of all the downtrodden intellectuals turning skate-punk into emo, Dashboard Confessional's Christopher Carrabbas is by far the most bruised. With just an acoustic guitar and some choice words, the Ben Folds sound-alike turns the concept of the love song on its head with The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most's torrent of poetic abuse aimed at girls who've taken advantage of his good nature. From "Saints and Sailors" ("This apartment is starving for an argument/ Anything at all to break the silence") to "The Good Fight" ("I claimed you as my only hope and watched the floor as you retreated") to "Screaming Infidelities" ("So kiss me hard because this will be the last time I let you"), Carrabbas is unapologetically bitter. Yet while his love life may be a tragic mess, the pure cathartic joy he derives from putting the ladies in question back in their place--evident from his venomous acoustic attacks--is unmistakable, infectious, and fantastically liberating. Wallowing in self-pity has seldom been so much fun. --Dan Gennoe

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Format: Audio CD
I can't even begin to describe how liberating it is to listen to a CD like this. Lead singer Chris Carabba is a lyrical genius whose talents probably derived from a lot of heartbreak. Sometimes, emotionally damaging situations bring out the best in us. Armed with his acoustic guitar, he tells tales of girls who break hearts and the guys who endure the pain. During the emotional choruses of many of his songs, he strokes the guitar with so much anger and pain that you can feel it. The best song on the cd is EASILY The Best Deceptions. Listening to the lyrics is like following a story. The song is about an ex-girlfriend he broke up with, but who he still hears about. When the chorus comes up and he screams "So Kiss me hard, cause this will be the last time that I'll let you", you can't help but feel the emotion.
Other noteworthy tracks are....
The Brilliant Dance
Screaming Infidelities---a very depressing song yet liberating.
This Ruined Puzzle--- The chorus where he sings "Does he ever get the girl", is well written.
The Good Fight.
A must buy for emo fans.
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"The Brilliant Dance" (5/5): This song has amazing lyrics and is a terrific opener.
"Sceaming Infidelities" (5/5): Chris' first ever video played on MTV. Ridiculously catchy.
"The Best Deceptions" (5/5): The emotion just drips off the lyrics on this one.
"This Ruined Puzzle" (4/5): The funny part about this album is that this is my least favorite song on the cd, and it still gets 4 stars.
"Saints And Sailors" (5/5): The first really upbeat song on the album.
"The Good Fight" (5/5): One of my all time favorite Dashboard tunes.
"Standard Lines" (4/5): Chris hits some awesome notes in this song.
"The Places You Have Come To Fear The Most" (5/5): In my opinion, the best Dashboard song in existance.
"This Bitter Pill" (5/5): An amazing closing track to an amazing album.
Dashboard Confessional's album, "The Places You Have Come To Fear The Most," is a phenomenal album. There is not a bad song on this collection. Many people say that the lyrics are cheesy, but i don't believe that to be true. They're just real. That's how people are really feeling, Chris just has the guts to throw himself out there and sing about it. Thank god he did because we would be missing an amazing artist.
Rating: Four and a half stars.
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I must admit, when I first heard Dashboard Confessional...I wasn't a fan...now when I look back, I'm trying to figure out what I was smoking. This is an awesome cd! Carrabba makes it incredibly easy to relate through his metaphors and beautiful lyrics. I got this cd a week ago, and its been in full rotation my cd player almost every waking moment.
Brilliant Dance (8.5/10) This song starts out very slow, and you can hear the pain in Carrabba's voice. I didn't particularly like this song at first, but it grows on my more every time i hear it. Very nice lyrics, describing how even the good memories eventually fade...
Screaming Infidelities (9/10) This is the song that ultimately brought me to listen to dashboard. The lyrics "I'm missing your laugh/how did it break?/and when did your eyes/begin to look fake/I hope you're as happy as you're pretending" are my favorite. Another very nice emotional preformance by the band.
Best Deceptions (8.5/10) The lyrics to this song are really deep. The voice can be a bit annoying at times, but in the end its a good song. It's a bit different from the first two songs in the sense that its about pennance from Chris' partner.
The Ruined Puzzle (9.5/10) Metaphorically, this is my favorite dashboard song. The melody is nice, and it makes you think alot. Everyone who is anyone can relate to this song. Read the lyrics, and you'll know what I mean. Does he ever get the girl?
Saints and Sailors (15/10) This song...simply amazing. It really gets better everytime you listen to it. Emo at its best...The lyrics, the melody...the song. Buy the cd if just for this song.
The Good Fight (9/10) Probably the most upbeat song on the cd.
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By A Customer on Jan. 14 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is my favorite album of all time, Dashboard Confessional or not. The lyrics, music, tempo, beat, everything was great. The only thing wrong was the length. It was quite short, 29.52 minutes long. Oh well. The best half hour I've ever listened to.
1) Brilliant Dance. 4.5/5
The reason I took half a mark off is because the chorus can get annoying. The last few lyrics are stunning, both in how they sound and what they say. Beautiful song. Best Lyric: "oh this is incredible, starving, insatiable, yes this is love for the first time...and you'd like to think you're invincible, well weren't we all once? before we felt loss for the first time.."
2) Screaming Infidelities. 4/5 This song was pretty good, takes awhile to speed up and get into the good parts of the song though. It can get a bit repetitive at the end, otherwise, it's got great lyrics. I personally like it better than the "Swiss Army Romance" version. Best Lyric: "I'm missing your laugh, how did it break? And when did your eyes, begin to look fake? I hope you're as happy as you're pretending."
3)Best Deceptions. 5/5 This song is nice, slow in parts, with terrific lyrics. If you've ever cheated on someone, or been cheated on, this song's for you. Best Lyric: "I heard about your regrets. I heard that you were feeling sorry. I heard from someone that you wished you could set things right between us. Well, I guess I should have heard of that from you."
4) This Ruined Puzzle. 5/5 One of my personal favorites on this CD. It's a nice slow song, with pretty lyrics. What I really like about all his lyrics is how personal they all are. This was one of the best songs I've ever heard. Does he ever get the girl?
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