Three years has passed since Dashboard Confessionals highly acclaimed "A mark,a mission,a brand,a scar". I liked that record with its simple and straightforward emotional rock message so I have waited for this follow up, and imagine if I was surprised when I saw the name Don Gilmore as the producer of the album. Don is great and has done remarkable jobs with acts like Linkin Park, Revis, Trapt and the now disbanded Trust Company - but those bands are typical numetal/modern rock acts that need a mega fat production with powerful guitars that just smash you in the face, which Dashboard Confessional isn?t. This band lives on their great melodies and stories that are easy to relate to and impossible not to get touched by, if you like this kind of emo rock. But I?m surprised of the production here that isn?t over produced at all. Ok it?s far more ?perfect? than their previous efforts with a very clean sound, but I like it and I think it has taken the brainchild of the band, Chris Carabba to a new level with his music.
I?m sure though that plenty of the hardcore fans think that the band has sold their souls to the devil this time. But I don?t agree with that and think that this is one of the best emo albums ever made. The songs are really impressive from the album first cut, ?Don?t Wait? which is also the first single, to the final ?Heaven Here?. And between those pearls we can find other fine moments of emotional rock like ?So Far, So Long? with Adam Duritz of the Counting Crows on guest vocals and not to forget ?The Secret?s In The Telling? that is one of Chris best songs ever written. So to sum up ?Dusk And Summer? is very easy. The album is great and I think it will be hard to beat for long time in the emo scene. If "A mark,a mission,a brand,a scar" went gold, this deserves to go platinum!