It’s been nearly three years since Chris Carrabba bared his soul to the masses. Carrabba’s taken that time to grow, and maybe even outgrow the dreaded E-word that has haunted him in the past. The industry has other buzzwords to back now. Dashboard Confessional have come back swinging with Dusk and Summer. Ten perfectly sequenced tracks, meant to keep you company at any sunset.
“So Long, So Long,” a duet with Adam Duritz of Counting Crows reminds us that saying goodbye only leads to a hello further down the road. “Slow Decay,” a standout track, is a conversation between a father and his son after time spent at war. It is a reassurance that home is always the safest of places. The first single “Don’t Wait” proves Carrabba hasn’t forgotten how to make a scream elegant, while the title track “Dusk and Summer” makes you believe that summer love isn’t unattainable.
There are many directions this album could’ve gone. For the Dashboard Confessional purist this may come as a shock, but heartbreak doesn’t last a lifetime. You grow up and all that’s left are the memories. For the newer fans this is a great introduction of what this band is capable of, great music with great meaning. — Naimah Holmes