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Places You Have Come to Fear

3.8 out of 5 stars 244 customer reviews

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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: #15,967 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

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Asian Version featuring a Bonus Track: "so Impossible".


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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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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Format: Audio CD
Pity poor Chris Carrabba. He suffers for you, he feels your pain and he writes brilliant, literate and heartfelt pop songs just for you. And what does he get in return? Well, fame and fortune...But does he ever get the girl?
While his new album "A mission, a mark, a brand, a scar" has led to calls of "selling out", a more reasonable accusation would be "why mess with a winning formula?". For the latest album he brings in a backing band, writes rock songs and almost sounds like he's having fun. This record however showcases why we all fell in love with him in the first place, what all the fuss was about.
This is a late night record, full of songs that tap you on the shoulder and whisper in your ear. It calls you up late at night, when everyone should be asleep and cries down the phone. It tells the same old tales of teenage heartbreak that even our parents must have gone through. It speaks of futility, love and loss. Broken intimacy, neglect and longing. How two people can be so close one day and yet be total strangers the next morning.
Chris Carrabba is a master of the silence between the words. The minutiae in between which love or hate are decided. The tearful farewell, the loaded gesture.
It goes without saying you have to be in a particular mood to listen to this album. It's not a Friday night party record. It's an intensely person record, one to snuggle up beneath the sheets with when the world is falling down around you. It is most definitely a break-up record.
However in plumbing the depths, Chris also finds a way to climb back up. The album isn't soppy or pathetic, instead it rages against the dying of the light.
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Format: Audio CD
OK, the first time i heard DC was when the mighty Audiogalaxy was giving away free tunes; i was searching for artists which were a little like Matchbox 20. The first tune i heard was "The Brilliant Dance", it doesn't happen very often, but i actually stopped in my tracks and listened to every word until it ended. Just coming out of a pretty heavy and gut-wrenching relationship, i thought this guy was singing about me! I bought the imported album straight away, finding other instant classics such as "This Ruined Puzzle", "The Best Deceptions" and "Saints and Sailors".
After finding more about DC, i realised that many people the world over had the same connection with them (or him).
My wish is that DC do not go too corporate, that they tell tales from the heart with simple uncomplicated songs that we can all sing along to outloud (unlike new MB20). Enjoy this fun CD!
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When I first heard this cd I thought it was [cruddy] acoustic schlock. (Being a big fan of the harder bands like Avail and Dillinger 4.) Then my friend played the cd for me again and something in the lyrics struck me as very moving and powerful. The guitar is beautiful and mostly understated which allows his voice to resonate and convey the pain, hurt and confusion these songs are about. You can really feel the longing in his voice and immediately begin to connect with the songs. I guess this would be classified as an Emo cd, but I think it is much more than that. This isn't emotion for the sake of whining about it. The ideas and feelings expressed are very deep and the lyrics are catchy and incredible. I think that any fan of music would love this cd and add it to their list of favorites. I do caution you that once you buy this you wont be able to stop listening to it, so be careful.
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