Sound — 9
In the past, Chris Carrabba moved us with his heartfelt melodies and signature acoustic sound. In Dusk And Summer, Dashboard Confessional gives us something to move to. There's a noticably heavier rock feeling to this new album that includes more guitar work (especially by lead player Jon Lefler) and a thicker bass line. the harmony in the backing voices has also become a lot more present than in any other record. On the album, there are a few risky songs like "Slow Decay" and "Reason To Believe" in which the band takes a more punk-rock route; something they've had no experience with. The previous albums are quiet and feature simple acoustic sounds. The switch to a full band performance surrounded Chris with great compliments. His emotions are carried by more than his vocals, but by the entire band. you all know dashboard toured with U2 these past years and it definitely shows through in this album. They learned well from one of the kings of rock and roll.
Lyrics — 8
Chris Carrabba may be one of the greatest lyric writers there is. Most of his songs are vintage Carrabba; heartfelt and poetic. In "Slow Decay", however, the bridge features some disturbingly dark lyrics with references to killing, and it's sung like a screamo artist. The way Dashboard Confessional performs the lyrics really makes them shine. from pitch perfect harmonizations to executing the high notes, they really deliver a sensational album.
Overall Impression — 9
The new album is exotic; definitely unlike anything they've done before. The sound is a lot different. Dashboard went from being the Chris Carrabba show to a stunning band performance. It's different, but it's definitely something welceomed.