Dashboard Confessional gave us a superb album with their last full rock effort "Dusk and Summer." Well they are back but this time going back to their, or his roots. This album is full blown acoustic pop rock with harmonious choruses and catchy tunes all around. Most likely due to the recent acoustic tour he has been on.
This time Chris has the acoustic edge and very poppy tunes with very cool arrangements and awesome hooks. From the start of the album you will hear the hooks being blasted into your face and you will be singing the chorus "Where there´s gold, there´s a gold digger." The Dashboard sound is more to the root of the original music on his early debuts with way better production this time. Its cool to hear the poppy songs with a few slower tunes on the record. A really awesome standout track to me is the title track to the album and slow emotional "The Shade of Poison Trees." The song gets down to the inner core of Chris and lets it all out with violins accompanying the atmosphere of acoustics.
If your still curious which you shouldn’t really be since Chris Carrabba always delivers, but right now on Dashboard´s MySpace page you can listen to "The Shade of Poison Trees" in it´s entirety. The album hits stores actually Today, Tuesday, 10/2, but if you pre-order the album now on iTunes, you will receive a bonus track "Tonight I´ll Take What I Can Get."
I´m glad to see this album and Dashboard not straying away form his roots. You always see bands go in a different direction but they always seem to lose where they came from and the sound that made them so popular. Well not this time. Dashboard Confessional knows exactly how to please his fans and create full of soul, delightful, intense music for not only himself for his passionate fan base as well.
Overall I would give the album 2 thumbs up. I am more of a fan of the full rock last album but here you me, this album has some killer tunes for any Dashboard fan. "The Rush" is that familiar Dashboard sound we like with te clean guitar and driving bass line with the happy vocals yet still passionate lyrics. So this album is not short of awesome in the less. Definitely for any fan of their work and sure to be another album is Dashboard´s vault.