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Alter the Ending

Dashboard ConfessionalAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (November 10, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Vagrant/DGC Records
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,906 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

Editorial Reviews

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.'

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DC: Redefined 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Alter the Ending December 28, 2009
By Silent
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it! December 24, 2009
By Jordanz
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Alter The Ending 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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Uneven and ambiguous return of DC December 11, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Has it really been 6+ years since Dashboard Confessional's masterpiece "A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar"? How I loved that album (and still do). After that album, Chris Carrabba decided that arena-sized rock was the way to go but when the 2006 "Dusk and Summer" album failed to meet those expectations (even though it has a number of really good tracks on it), he retreated the next year to the acoustic-only sounds with "The Shade of Poison Trees", and when that album again failed to really connect, Carrabba came to a cross-roads of sorts... what to do next? Now comes the answer.

"Alter the Ending" (2 CDs; 24 tracks; 87 min.) brings 2 albums into one. CD1 brings the full-band version of the album, and opener "Get Me Right" is a great way to start things of. "Until Morning" plays nicely as well. The best tracks on here for me conclude the first half of the album: "I Know About You", an urgent track full of life, just great, then followed by an equally entertaining title track. Unfortunately, the second half of the album falters, with barely a memorable tune, "The Motions" being the best of the bunch. CD2 brings the exact same songs, but simply Chris in an acoustic-only setting, as if he couldn't decide whether this album should be a full-band album or just him. It leaves me scratching my head, frankly, as to what direction Dashboard Confessional is taking.

In all, separate and apart from the full-band vs. acoustic only argument, the album lacks truly memorable songs. There are a couple, but that's it, a very uneven return and an ambiguous one at that. That aside, Carrabba is a great performer. I've seen him in concert before, and would jump at the chance to do so again (by the way, DC is the opener on Bon Jovi's upcoming early 2010 North America arena tour), but this album is not the band, or Carrabba, at their/his best. Buyer beware.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Vinyl is scratched and the first song skips.
Published 1 month ago by Lindsay Marie Miller
2.0 out of 5 stars They're out of creative juice.
If you are expecting good old DC music, don't hold your breath. This album is about as commercialized as it gets. Gone are the creative lyrics or music. RIP Dashboard.
Published 5 months ago by Smee
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite DC album
This is my favorite Dashboard Confessional album. I like all the songs, but Everybody Learns From Disaster is my favorite one. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Jenny
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the last few albums
I received the CD in perfect condition. For anyone who is a Dashboard fan, this album does not live up to the previous catchy albums. Read more
Published on September 29, 2010 by snicklefritz
5.0 out of 5 stars Best DC in a long while
I'm a fan of acoustics. Therefore, getting the 2-CD version was a no brainer for me. Straight away I looped the acoustic cd and never tire of it. Read more
Published on July 27, 2010 by Delrondu
5.0 out of 5 stars Dashboard Confessional cd
The more i listen to it the more i like it. Not my usual taste in music, but i really do like it.
Published on February 11, 2010 by K. L. Mccray
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent rockmusic
I love this album: Excellent rockmusic fantastic singing. People who like bon jovi or boston will be pleased,
Only one boaring acoustic piece. Read more
Published on January 26, 2010 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The best DC album in years..........
I'm a long-time DC fan and have seen Chris (and sometimes the band)live about eight times in the last six years. This album blew me away. Read more
Published on January 15, 2010 by Mark Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars Best one since A Mark A Mission A Brand A Scar
I had high hopes for this album and I was not let down. My favorite DC album is AMAMABAS and ATE comes very close. Read more
Published on December 30, 2009 by C.V.
4.0 out of 5 stars Lukewarm for DC, burning for more
This is definitely not the strongest of the DC albums; in fact, I would have to say that though Chris' writing style has taken a bit of an "altered" approach, I do not necessarily... Read more
Published on December 27, 2009 by E. Dwyer
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