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Summer's Kiss [EP, Import]

Dashboard Confessional Audio CD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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1. Living In Your Letters
2. The Sharp Hint Of New Tears
3. Turpentine Chaser
4. Ender Will Save Us All

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2002 4 track single bringing a twist, with each song containing a full backing band. Tracks 'Living In Your Letters', 'The Sharp Hint Of New Tears', 'Turpentine Chaser' & 'Ender Will Save Us All'. Digipak.

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4.0 out of 5 stars The transitional sound of DC Nov. 20 2003
Format:Audio CD
This album has the same keyboard qualities of DC's other EP that came out at the same time, "So Impossible." The differences being that this material is from the first album and the other was all new stuff at the time. Summers Kiss really shows the transitional sound between "The Places..." and "A Mark..." while foreshadowing that Dashboard would be going in a more electric direction on the last track "Ender Will Save Us All." This provides a partial remedy for the people who wish that Chris would've done an alternate version of the first album with a full band. Giving us four more tracks. The highlight of the collection for me is "Living In Your Letters" which far eclipses the emotional impact of the acoustic version, if only because of the vocal performance. My beef with it is that there isn't a version of "A Plain Morning" which was a track that truly stood out from the pack on the first album. I hope that he will do that down the road.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I'm used to... March 25 2003
Format:Audio CD
I've been a Dashboard Confessional Fan since the Drowning EP. This was because I was a Further Seems Forever fan, so I wanted to follow Chris. Having heard Chris's beautiful voice over the Drowning EP, The Swiss Army Romance, The Places You Have Come To Fear The Most, and the So Impossible EP, I couldn't wait to get this CD. I'll tell all of you now, anyone who doesn't have this CD and is reading this review... Do not buy this CD! Unlike some purists, I love the sound of Chris with a band behind him, I think it sounds great! My beef is something I can't believe no one has brought up, and it is the most important thing about Dashboard... Chris's voice! Maybe he was having an off recording session when he recorded this EP, but his voice doesn't have its usual quality. For some reasons, this seems to happen to Chris when he records with a band. You'll notice on TPYHCTFTM, that on the tracks Again I Go Unnoticed and Screaming Infidelities, the vocal recordings were infinitely better on TSAR. The same holds true here. On The Sharp Hint of New Tears, he sounds like he's on steroids, and on Living in Your Letters, he sounds like he's lost his voice. And why are the tracks so slow. Unless you seriously have 8 bucks to burn, then leave this one aside, because if you already have TSAR, then what's the point?
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3.0 out of 5 stars One step forward, two steps back... July 15 2002
Format:Audio CD
A lot of people are going to diss this EP right off the bat because it represents a somewhat major departure in style from the Dashboard Confessional of old. I'm not going to say whether the change makes the songs any better or worse, because in reality it's all a matter of opinion. The reason I gave "Summer's Kiss" only three stars is because I beleive that it's a completely unneccesary EP. These four songs were all previously available on "the Swiss Army Romance", and they do not sound all that much different for the most part. The electric guitar and drums add a little depth, but in general the songs maintain the same feel of the originals. Plus, the price seems a little steep for only a 4-song EP. So really, I can only recommend this album to die-hard fans of Dashboard. Even with that being said, some die-hards are still not likely to enjoy it anyways. For people looking to check into Dashboard Confessional, I'd recommend picking up either the "Swiss Army Romance" or the "Places You Have Come To Fear the Most" instead.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Two amazing songs and two average May 8 2002
By Matthew
Format:Audio CD
The remake of "Ender Will Save Us All" makes this CD worth it. It is amazing! At the end he gradually incorporates some distortion and he just completely rocks out to the end CD. I listen to this track over and over and never get tired of it.
"The Sharp Hint of New Tears" is great too. I loved the original version and I love this version (kind of has the same quality put into it as the remake of "Screaming Infidelities") What a great song, I'm glad he did it with the band backing him up.
The remake of "Living in Your Letters" kinda blows in my opinion. He slows the song down way to much and his voice is kinda weak. I can't tell if he's doing this to sound more emotional or if he just didn't take the time in the studio to make it right.
"Turpentine Chase" is decent. Not really better or worse. I like the song but its not one of my favorites.
I can't believe that people are attacking him for making this CD. I never saw him in concert when it was just him and his guitar, but from what I've seen most fans like it better when he has a band behind him. People heard these songs in concert and wanted a CD with the band backing him, so he just gave what the fans wanted- and its awesome!
If you are a Dashboard fan you will like this. If you aren't, its a good CD but you should probably get The Swiss Army Romance first.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a step in evolution April 26 2002
By "nygen"
Format:Audio CD
This EP is a re-recording of four songs orginally on "The Swiss Army Romance" album. (Living In Your Letters, The Sharp Hint of New Tears, Turpentine Chaser, Ender Will Save Us All) This is NOT a live recording, but the songs are done similar to how they sound live with a full band. And the final product is beautiful. Some purists will say Chris Carraba is trying to change things too much and that "original intent" of Dashboard Confessional was for acoustic guitar only. Well, I'm not sure how people can claim to know the "original intent" of a band, but with any band, most of the time a song starts from the acoustic guitar and the artist builds and changes the song how he sees fit. Just because Dashboard's first album was acoustic, doesn't mean that's how it always has to be. If you don't like the full band or electric sound, remember Chris was originally in Further Seems Forever, which is (get this) a full band with electric guitars. He's not doing anything he hasn't done before. Both versions of each song have their own charms, but the meaning to each is still the same and the pure talent behind it hasn't been lost.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great band and cd love living in your letters grrreat
LIVING IN YOUR LETTERS BY THEM IS GREAT!!
Published on July 14 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars great band and cd love living in your letters grrreat
LIVING IN YOUR LETTERS BY THEM IS GREAT!!
Published on July 14 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Direction
I have been a Dashboard fan since just before TPYHCTFTM and have to say that these four songs are my favorite over anything else they have done. Read more
Published on Sept. 9 2002 by Kane Churko
5.0 out of 5 stars We all need to know a few things prior to listening to this
Alright folks, heres the low down. Many people are disapointed with this cd, saying that its a move away from what makes dashboard-dashboard. Read more
Published on Aug. 29 2002 by Jonathan M. Leibowitz
2.0 out of 5 stars Selling Out
This cd is over produced, and it deviates from what made Dashboard so wonderful in the first place. What's more--these songs are all remakes off of the brilliant record, the Swiss... Read more
Published on July 23 2002 by Jane Rendeiro
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Great
This CD is not good. Stick to Swiss Army Romance
Published on July 18 2002
2.0 out of 5 stars Blah
Too much "studio magic" was used. Chris' voice was cleaned up and it just doesnt sound right. The words soud forced, most likley because Chris is trying to keep time with the... Read more
Published on July 15 2002 by "hckyanimal"
2.0 out of 5 stars Maybe I am just a purist
Ok, the songs aren't totally bad...but, if you are a fan of Swiss Army Romance and the Drowning EP, as in old Dashboard, this cd is defnintely not worth it. Read more
Published on July 10 2002 by Jane Rendeiro
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice, not worth buying...
This is a nice little EP, although nothing exciting for anybody who's been a fan since "Swiss Army Romance". Read more
Published on June 29 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Good EP
One of the two newest released EP's from Dashboard Cofessional followed up by the "So Impossible EP." Has 4 Good songs, but is very expensive for an EP. But sort-of worth it. Read more
Published on June 26 2002 by Elizabeth Saunders
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