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Alter the Ending

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2009 release, the sixth studio album from this Alt-Rock outfit lead by Chris Carrabba. Alter The Ending is the official follow-up to 2006's gold Dusk And Summer. The album was produced by Butch Walker, noted for his work with Weezer, Fall Out Boy and Pink, and co-produced by Adam Schlesinger (Fountains of Wayne). Features 12 tracks including the first single 'Belle of the Boulevard.'


1. Get Me Right
2. Until Morning
3. Everybody Learns From Disaster
4. Belle Of The Boulevard
5. I Know About You
6. Alter The Ending
7. Blame It On The Changes
8. Even Now
9. The Motions
10. No News Is Bad News
11. Water And Bridges
12. Hell On The Throat

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 10, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Vagrant / DGC Records
  • ASIN: B002QXIMYK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,156 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By rapaleeman on November 13, 2009
Format: Audio CD
So I fired up the new release from Dashboard Confessional and started to listen like usual, in my car on the way to work. After the first 2 tracks (and a couple WTF?!?!? moments) I pulled over at 7-11 to get my coffee and actually had to pop the disc out to make sure I put in the right disc. Yes, I had to do a double take on a DC album.

My experience with DC is pretty extensive. I first heard "The Best Deception" and it hit me at the right portion of my life that I was able to connect instantly. I was hooked from there and have listened to everything Chris Carrabba has put out including his short stint with Further Seems Forever. "Dusk and Summer" was a great album that moved DC in a new direction. It added in more of the actual band and less of the "emo" as it were. With the release of "The Shade Of Poison Trees", that came to be almost like a swan song in a since. I think that was him saying goodbye to the "old ways". That one was for the fans that have been around since "The Swiss Army Romance" and in a lot of ways "The Shade..." was a lot like it when I look back, especially in the sound. It was mostly acoustic and the writing wasn't as sharp, though it was still quite good and had a bunch of standout tracks. It just wasn't a step forward.

So where does that leave us. Well, we have basically the official sequel to "Dusk and Summer" and that is definitely not a bad thing. For the first time the actual band works on all levels. "Dusk and Summer" was a little rocky in parts (mainly the meshing of the vocals to the music) but everything just works here. From the vocals to the instrumentation it seems that this album was written with the music in mind and not just the lyrics.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Silent on December 28, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I've been a fan of DC since an older cousin introduced it to me almost a decade ago, and I have truly grown up with this band. As a teenager the woeful sound of Swiss Army Romance, The Place You Have Come To Fear Most, and A Mark. A Mission. completely fit in with still immature emotions. Dusk and Summer began DC's emergence into adulthood, and The Shade saw maturation of lyrics and a cleaner sound than previous albums. Alter the Ending brings together life experience and a sense of introspection that fits fans who are now adults themselves.

I eagerly awaited Alter the Endings release date, and wasn't disappointed. The cd has a good mix of songs for both old and new fans, those of us who remember Swiss Army Romance, and those who joined with Dusk and Summer or The Shade.
Everyone Learns From Disaster and The Motions are fun, with a faster pace and playful lyrics, while Get Me Right and Water and Bridges lend a serious tone, thoughtful songs with a story to tell. Definitely a more mature look at relationships than in earlier albums. Alter the Ending I love just for Chris's vocals, the smoky quality of his voice really comes out in this one.

I Know About You actually took a few listens to grow on me, but only because the lyrics "And I know about you." remind me of song from another band and that threw me of a bit.
The one song I had issues with was Belle of the Boulevard. I just can't seem to reconcile it with the rest of the cd, and I'm not sure why that is. Perhaps because the imagery in this song is hard to connect with, and somewhat confusing.

Hell On the Throat, I adore this song. It wraps up the cd beautifully, and is so poignant. Chris has always had a style of pouring the heart out to all, and this song has a lot of soul.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jordanz on December 24, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Dashboard Confessional has done it again. They're back with their sixth album, and they're as strong as ever. I love all the old albums, but the way they've evolved is amazing. Every single song on Alter The Ending is good. I got the deluxe version with the acoustic cd, and I must say that if you're going to get this album, do yourself a favor and make sure the get it. It's great to hear the songs acoustic, and some of the songs are even better that way. The lyrics on Alter The Ending are fantastic as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jessica C. P. Ehlke on December 19, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Dashboard Confesssional's Alter the Ending may just be their best album to date. Chris's voice still has that same sound that got me hooked the first time I heard "Stolen." The songwriting has only approved. My favorites are Even Now, Until Morning, Water and Bridges and Everybody Learns from Disaster. I'm a sucker for a good acoustic, especially from Dashboard Confessional, so I absolutely LOVE the acoustic bonus tracks. Good all around album! Go pick it up!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Emily on December 18, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I am very pleased with Alter the Ending. I think this album is a great example of how Dashboard Confessional has matured over the years. I was extremely excited when I heard they were making an acoustic version of all the songs. I know some people were disappointed that the acoustics didn't have a different beat or anything, but they still sound great. It also gives options for people who may prefer one over the other. I think it was smart of them to do both. The lyrics are also fantastic. I think many people will be able to connect with them. Purchasing this album would be a great choice! D/C is my favorite band so I may be a little biased, but I honestly believe any D/C fan would love Alter the Ending. I would also suggest the Deluxe Edition because it's wonderful.
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