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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
»Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
Halcyon Digest
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Fat Possum
Dashboard Confessional
The Place You Have Come to Fear the Most

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
With the release of The Place You Have Come to Fear the Most, Chris Carrabba has created a new sub-genre of emo that should take the world by storm. It's called "get chicks-core," and with his open teenager-in-love diary lyrics, high pitched emotive singing style, and Morrissey-like good looks, there is no doubt in my mind that he has achieved the same draw as Dog Star's Keanu Reeves did in his heartthrob heyday.

By combining the "heartfelt" rock sounds of the Get Up Kids and Jimmy Eat World (and maybe even a little Third Eye Blind, for the teenyboppers), Dashboard comes across as a big fat sap-fest from a fellow who thought ditching his band and their Christian rock leanings for an acoustic guitar and love was a swell idea. Apparently, Carrabba has never seen the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, because if he had he would know that it is better to stick with your group than go off alone to try and fight evil. Like Raphael, Carrabba comes up quite short. Hopefully his band, Further Seems Forever, will be as nice as the other turtles (Leonardo, Michaelangelo, and Donatello) were to Raph when he was beaten badly by the Foot Clan.

With endless amounts of word "I," Carrabba's first person narrative becomes increasingly annoying on such tracks as "Screaming Infidelities" and "Saints and Sailors," never really shifting moods much. The linear, middle of the road, been done before emotional song structures do not do much to lift Dashboard out of his musical trappings, and by albums end (at 10 short songs), he leaves one wondering why he's not being sued by Matt Pryor of the Get Up Kids for ripping of his schtick.

The chicks, however, sure do dig the Dashboard. Every time I hear something about this band, it's out of a Betty-Page hair cut having, over the shoulder backpack wearing, Pedro the Lion loving, short pants girl. And if having those hunnys on your side is a good thing, then Carrabba should be very proud of himself. However, us jaded critics (who are not all male, mind you) that actually have some sort of taste in music will probably never ever take something this bad seriously. It just cannot be done.

As Master Splinter once said, umů actually I can't remember anything he has said in particular, but I do know that not even a talking rat with half of it's ear cut off would dig Dashboard Confessional.

Reviewed by Ryan Allen
A former staff writer with fabulous hair, Ryan Allen once fronted Red Shirt Brigade with his brother, Scott. He currently fronts the art/fashion punk band Thunderbirds Are Now!, with is brother, Scott.

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