After a release so phenomenally majestic as "Places," most "new" acts seem to slide down hill a bit, and then either become just "average," disappear from sight, or recover and establish themselves among the greats. Maybe Chris Carabba hasn't reached his peak yet. These four songs are of the highest caliber possible. Many people went bizerk over the guest appearance of Dan Hoerner (formerly of Sunny Day Real Estate, for those of you who didn't read that in every other review of this EP). When I found out he was going to appear, I freaked out, too. But I kinda feel that his purpose on the album, which I would do my best to assume is the accompanying upper-scale guitar soloing, was a little unnecessary. It doesn't ruin anything, it's just a bit much at times. But that's hardly half of a complaint. These four songs are possibly Chris' best to date, and I love the inclusion of a song where he actually gets the girl ("Hands Down"). Amazing guitars, amazing singing, amazing lyrics. Those observations are pretty consistant with all of Dashboard's stuff. Add into that equation the fact that he demonstrates that he can still put out great stuff without the use of drums and bass (one of the traits that first drew many fans to him), and you get a musician who is obviously not going anywhere for a long while.