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The entire MVD Unplugged performance, both on CD & DVD in this combo piece.

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The MTV Unplugged concept was probably invented with someone like Florida singer-songwriter Chris Carrabba (a.k.a. Dashboard Confessional) in mind. Carrabba's relentlessly sad, impossibly frail acoustic songs--which effectively spawned the emo-core genre--have given alienated, cardigan-wearing guys and gals a snappy soundtrack to their pain. Dropping the heavily-inked guitarist amid his flock captures both the intimacy and awkwardness propelling Dashboard Confessional's best songs. Indeed, whether Carrabba is flying solo or is joined by a band, his MTV Unplugged--presented as a CD with an accompanying DVD--ranks as one of the most interactive sets ever; the fans know every single word to every single song and gosh darn if they don't sing their hearts out, sometimes completely hijacking the choruses. From opening number "Swiss Army Romance" through to the modern-rock hit "Screaming Infidelities," the assembled holler themselves hoarse in a glassy-eyed solidarity that would be eerie if it weren't so sweet. The sing-along aspect might be a drawback for fans searching for pristine live versions of studio recordings, but then again, Dashboard Confessional’s music is nothing if not communal. --Kim Hughes


Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 8, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Vagrant
  • ASIN: B00006RY8F
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,716 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Peter Cooper on January 19, 2003
Format: Audio CD
First off, the background singing on this CD is not, in my opinion, bad at all. It's hardly noticable on most of the tracks, although it is significant on perhaps 4 of them. It's quite low in the mix though, and is mostly noticeable when Chris decides to stop singing and let the audience take over.
This CD/DVD combo is excellent value. The DVD has the full MTV Unplugged performance, and the CD is the same audio mix as the Stereo soundtrack on the DVD.
Many tracks are MUCH improved from the studio albums. 'Screaming Infidelities', 'Again I Go Unnoticed' and 'The Sharp Hint of New Tears' now have a full band backing which propels them into totally new fresh tracks.
The first three tracks are probably the most annoying when it comes to crowd vocals. They only feature Chris on his own, as the band doesn't come in till later. 'The Best Deceptions' is probably the most annoying song with the audience, as they've left the audience at the same level in the mix as Chris.
The production quality is high here though. The guitars are crisp, the drums are 'just right', the bass is unimposing, the vocals are up front and direct, and the 'live feel' is there with the crowd in the background (on track four and beyond).
If you hate crowd noises and a bit of background singing, avoid this. If 'Best Deceptions' is one of your favorite songs, avoid it too, as the crowd are too loud. But it's a live unplugged gig, not a studio album! That said, it has the most professional sound of any of Dashboard Confessional's albums to date.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By andrew adams on December 23, 2002
Format: Audio CD
first of all, i'm a huge dashboard fan, i worship anything and everything that comes from chris' guitar, mind, and mouth. that's partially why this album was a slight disappointment. first of all, most of the songs sound more 'plugged' than any of dashboard's studio work. second of all, the unplugged idea was that it would be a departure from the normal style of the artist. dashboard seems to be exaclty the kind of sound that would do this normally anyways.
okay, as far as the album goes, on several of the earlier tracks, (most notably, the kickoff track 'the swiss army romance'), you can barely hear chris over the crowd. i understand that it's part of the experience, but i guess the fans are just as rabid as me- they sing their hearts out on every note. it gets annoying.
that said, this album was absolutely a joy to listen to- many of the songs were masterfully done... 'places that you have come to fear...' is perfect live, 'hands down', possibly dashboard's best track, is climactic and absolutely wonderful.
if you can stand the sing-along qualities of the first 2 or 3 tracks, it's quite a listen.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John Ebert on December 19, 2002
Format: Audio CD
First of all, this is a fantastic value. Of course you get the CD, but you also get the DVD of the performance... normally the DVD would run you the price of the CD! Anyway, onto the music. If you've never experienced Dashboard Confessional before, this live performance will certaintly be a suprise for you. All the fans sing along to every word, and sometimes take over completley, to an elegant effect you can't find on studio records. Every great song DC has ever done is compiled on this smoldering collection. Chris Carraba's songs are so heartfelt and stunningly well crafted it's hard not to be drawn into the lyrics and music. Highlights among the already great collection include "Swiss Army Romance" "The Best Deceptions" "Screaming Infidelities" "Saints & Sailors" and "Hands Down." If you're new to the genre of emo, immediatley pick up this collection, and if you're a fan already, you probably already own it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. Ocampo VINE VOICE on August 30, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Of all the live albums I've heard, this has got to be the most prominent singing I've heard. Okay so Christopher Ender Carrabba enjoys having the audience sing along with him everytime he performs. Pardon the reviewers for not knowing. But most importantly pardon the fanatics who are bashing the reviewers with "well for those who aren't fans of...blah blah" comments.

I'm not a fanatic, but I enjoy music. I enjoy Dashboard Confessional's poetic and heartfelt songs. Most importantly I enjoy seeing artists perform these songs from their heart. This CD/DVD is definitely one of those performances.

Hearing the CD is awesome alone. But popping that DVD and playing it thru your beloved home theater is another experience. The audio recording and mixing quality is exceptional. The DVD is even mixed in 5.1 surround. The picture quality is exactly how you see MTV shoots their UnPlugged sessions. And for the price it's being sold, it beats everything else on the market with absurb mark-ups.

I would have given it 5 stars, but the thing is I came to hear Chris Carrabba sing his heart out - not the audience. The audio engineers already did a great job, but they should have lowered the audience volume a few notches down. We already know the audience love singing along his songs, so they could have prepared for that and remedied the situation in post. The only reason it isn't annoying is because you get used to it. Sigh.

I can understand those live performance instances when they allow the audience to sing a phrase or two. In fact it's amusing when that happens. In this case, all the familiar Dashboard songs they also sing their hearts out.
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