Sound — 8
This is without question one of the best live performances of any band to set foot on the TRL stage. Dashboard really had their act together for this one. The sound was excelent and in 5.1 surround makes it so much better. Dashboard Confessional is mostly an acoustic band anyway (that's probably why they made the transition to Unplugged so well) the guitar is so crisp sounding probably cuz he's playing a Gibson and it would sound good if you recorded it on an 8 track tape. Drums sound awesome to. Mike Marsh is the shit. When he plays the drums he looks like he's not even trying and yet he's one of the better drumers out their.
Lyrics — 10
The lyrics are really what make Dashboard. Their very strange and sometimes hard to follow. Sometimes they rhyme sometimes they dont. Mostly Chris Carabba is a storyteller if he has something to say he's not going to worry about weather it rhyms or not he's just going to tell you the way it went down. Which is nice most bands dont really think about what their saying they just care if it rhyms or the words are catchy, but Chris seems to pull of both. The audience really got into the show! Most of the people their knew almost every word to wvery song. And their were some that had absolutly no idea what was going on and tryed to join in the sing-song. Quite amusing to watch people screw up on live TV. But they did serve their place when the audience sings along with Chris it adds a nice chorus touch that Dashboard might think about incourperating into future albums.
Overall Impression — 9
Overall a very enjoyable experience for the die-hard fan or the casual viewer. The only thing I didn't like was Dan Bonebreak the bass player. He was always bouncing around and acting like an idiot. But you'll get over that quickly.