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Dusk & Summer

Dashboard ConfessionalAudio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 27, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,724 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Don't Wait
2. Reason To Believe
3. The Secret's In The Telling
4. Stolen
5. Rooftops And Invitations
6. So Long, So Long
7. Currents
8. Slow Decay
9. Dusk And Summer
10. Heaven Here

Editorial Reviews

It's all about the power chord and the sing-along chorus. With the exception of the stark title track, Christopher Carrabba's once-prominent acoustic strumming is now in short supply. Along with Scott Schoenbeck, John Lefler, and Mike Marsh, the Dashboard Confessional mastermind cranks it all up on his fourth full-length: the guitars, vocals, drums, the works. Consequently, some listeners have been tossing around the letter "U" and the numeral "2." It's a bit of a stretch, although the album was co-produced by Daniel Lanois of Joshua Tree fame (and mixed by Nevermind's Andy Wallace). The Florida outfit also opened for the Irish superstars in support of 2003’s A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar. That said, Carrabba is still the same earnest young man, just more amplified than before. Aside from "Dusk and Summer," quieter tracks include "Stolen" and the piano-driven "So Long, So Long," decorated with husky croons from Adam Duritz of the Counting Crows. But even these seem loud compared to Carrabba's stripped-down early material. It isn't a bad move, but like most stylistic shifts it's sure to send a few longtime fans packing, while making room for new ones who've never heard Dashboard Confessional before or who found the old stuff too whiny and angst-ridden. Well, there isn't much whining on Dusk and Summer--just a whole lotta (heartfelt) rockin'. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

Product Description

Dusk and Summer is the long-awaited follow up to 2002's much heralded A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar. That album not only propelled Dashboard Confessional to near platinum sales, but also made the band's founder and front man, Chris Carrabba, a household name and face. Armed with an incredibly loyal fan base, DC will often sell out shows without tickets getting past the band's fan club. They are one of the few bands that have maintained a strong connection with their fans while growing well into a more mainstream audience. Dusk and Summer is the perfect next-level record for a band growing musically. Armed with the same brilliant lyrics you've grown to expect from Dashboard Confessional, Dusk and Summer is filled with huge, sweeping hooks and massive rock anthems. The bigness of these songs will be impossible to ignore and this is clearly the record needed to take Dashboard Confessional to superstar status.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever hidden tracks in the begining July 9, 2006
By awesome
Format:Audio CD
Dusk and summer! This album is amazing. Chris really expands on here and makes his work sound more mature and full, with the band and use of different instruments, etc. I'm not saying his acoustic work isn't good; The Brilliant Dance, Screaming Infedelities, So Impossible and A Plain Morning are some of my favorite songs ever, but this new side of DC is equally as good in my opinion. The beginings of this album are really good songs but not exactly songs to start you off through the album. I dont know if anyone else found this out, but if you rewind back from the beginning of Don't Wait, there are two secret songs. One I don't know the name of, and Vindicated. I would have never have found this out but my cd player plays it from the straight begining.

Untitled track 5/5: This song really gets the mood going. It sounds as if it was supposed to be on The Places You Have come to Fear the Most, but it is alot more upbeat and the drums and piano and guitar is really driving.

Vindicated 4/5: This was never really my favorite song. Probably because it was played so much on the radio in the past couple years. But nevertheless it is a good song.

Don't Wait 4/5: This is a far stretch from traditional DC, as this whole album mostly is. Chris really belts out the lyrics in this song. The first single off the album.

Reason To Believe 5/5: The first dark sound dashboard song i have ever heard. (By the way i have never listen to the album prior to this, so i dont know if im right) The guitars are driving and Chris is belting once again.

Secret's in the Telling 5/5: No doubt this is the next single. This song to me is somewhat reminiscent to Vindicated.

Stolen 5/5: One of my favorite songs on the CD.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the most fitting album title I've found July 12, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I'd been eagerly anticipating Dusk and Summer for quite some time. Once I'd purchased the album and headed back to my car, I popped it into my CD player, hoping that I wouldn't be disappointed. I wasn't. It's full of songs that you'll want to play over and over ("So Long, So Long" being my absolute favorite followed by "Dusk and Summer" -- I love "Slow Decay" as well but can't listen to it without crying).

This album is perfect for the time of year in which it was released because the feelings that it evokes are the same as the feelings of the upcoming end of summer. When I listen to the songs on this CD, they make me think of reminiscence and longing. There seems to be less direct sadness than in Chris's earlier songs; instead, there's an increased sense of nostalgia and beauty. It's the same feeling that you get when you're at the end of a fantastic summer: you're aware that that period of your life has past, never to be tasted again, and you find yourself looking back on it with fondness and a slight sense of loss. That's the feeling that I get when I slip this album into my CD player. They couldn't have found a title for this collection of songs that was more fitting!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bittersweet June 27, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Like most other DC fans I have been waiting for this CD to come out since I heard about it's being recorded. This CD was semi-disappointing at first however as I got further on in the CD I got to really enjoy it. It takes a close listener to actually enjoy it. Listen to the lyrics and take it in. Track 9, Dusk and Summer actually brought tears to my eyes, maybe it sounds corny bu it was amazing. I would recommend this to just about anyone. My only suggestion to Carraba himself would be to revert back moreso to accoustic rather than electric/band sounding stuff. His old astuff was wonderful bu his new stuff has anew flavor to it which keeps it new and keeps fans from ebcomign bored. I'm in love.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing new sound from DC June 29, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I am a DC fan from way back. I've read some of the other reviews and I know that some are upset about the change in their sound. They're harder and more edgy than what they used to be. I am absolutely blown away by it! I love it! This will be in my CD player for a long time. For once, their sound isn't the heart wrenching break up music that we've come to love. DC has a more positive sound than they've ever had before and makes for some amazing bounce up and down, and rock out songs. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chris Carrabba's best yet July 3, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I have been following Chris' music since his single CD release with the band Further Seems Forever, and I am convinced that this is his best release yet. Though many long time Dashboard fans will continue to scratch their heads asking themselves, "why did he ever add a band to his music?", I believe many will find their answer, like I did, after listening to 'Dusk and Summer'.

While I must admit that the first few times I listened to this CD I longed for the days of the 'So Long EP' and the 'Swiss Army Romance,' but with every listen I found myself growing more and more attached to this album. From start to finish, this CD captures its listeners with some of Chris' best lyrics and best vocals yet. You'll find every songs repeating in your mind for days as you find yourself singing along each time, and the wonderful thing is, you won't mind the added soundtrack to your life. Furthermore, this album is a major step up from the slightly limp 'A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar' and though it only features one acoustic track, 'Dusk and Summer' in its entirety is a winner for Dashboard Confessional fans, Chris Carrabba fans, and new listeners alike.

Buy the CD and give it a few listens before you make your judgement. You won't be disappointed.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars It took 4 months and was damaged!
I ordered this CD on January 27th and I received it May 29th. Plus it was cracked when I got it. So it was a big let down all around!
Published 2 months ago by Marcia R. Houck
5.0 out of 5 stars love this album
what else can I say, it's a great album. Has some wonderfully written songs, brilliant production quality sound, and swirls through a multitude of different moods. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Robert A. Hatten
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite album so far.
I've been listening to Dashboard for a good 10 ten years and absolutely love them. Their music has gotten me through some hard times.
Published 17 months ago by Brittaney Maurer
5.0 out of 5 stars Stick to the original album.
I've been a Dashboard fan since their inception a decade ago and am happy to say that, unlike other bands I listened to in my high school days, continue to "steal my heart" with... Read more
Published on June 12, 2011 by LysMO
5.0 out of 5 stars dash
i just received my copy of this amazing!!! CD unbelievable amazing tracks all of it!! luv it! buy it you will luv it every last track....
Published on March 7, 2011 by moonsunxx
5.0 out of 5 stars The right album at the right time
Once in a while, during a rare period of emotional intensity in your life, an album emerges that perfectly articulates what you're feeling. This is that album for me. Read more
Published on May 25, 2010 by Donald A. Pflaster
4.0 out of 5 stars Great CD for summer.
Even in the name, Dusk and Summer is a great summer album. Dashboard Confessional is a pretty decent rock band with it's own chord of slight emo, but it's still good for a drive... Read more
Published on February 5, 2010 by Melissa L. Stone
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth every penny
Well my wife wanted it for whatever reason I did not know. now I am so glad to have purchesed it for her. she loves every song. Read more
Published on December 21, 2009 by Brett Peterson
4.0 out of 5 stars Can't help but love
I picked this album up after hearing a song on the spider man movies and learning it was by this group. This album has great variety and good lyrical content. Read more
Published on April 29, 2009 by Margaret Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't Miss
This CD is much better than reviews are giving it credit for. You will enjoy this CD. It has a little bit of everything and it is all done well.
Published on June 22, 2008 by You Don't Know
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why is this boy band wantabe listed on the punk rock charts? give real...
You sir, are a moron. Honestly, whoever has a life, why take the time to go onto a site of something you dislike just to flame it.

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Jun 14, 2006 by MrSparkle07 |  See all 18 posts
Definite Downgrade from last album
I'd give it only 1 star compared to when it was only him, rather than this a pitiful emsemble that he has now.
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The sex pistols are real punk rock, why do people these days think pop...
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I got the album
I think it would be rather boring if this album sounded like A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar. I think this album has a much "bigger" and obviously more evolved sound. He still has the same melodramatic emo lyrics, but it sounds a bit more polished to me. I especially love... Read More
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