When I first starting playing guitar I was mainly interested in going the acoustic route. At the time, I was playing a lot of guitar with friends from a summer camp I used to go to. What really drew me into Dashboard was the lead singer’s, Chris Carrabba, voice. His voice just seemed so sincere and raw. His screams were emotional and true. Even to this day I still feel exactly what he is trying to convey through his music.
The Places You Have Come To Fear The Most is Dashboard’s second album and had a couple re recorded tracks from previous EPs. Screaming Infidelities is arguably their most iconic, popular song and really showcases just what Carrabba brings to the emo world. The album is mostly acoustic and vocals but some tracks to have a full band. What really interests me is the way Carrabba can utilize his guitar to really supplement his own voice. The vocal strain over the soft guitar creates this emotional turbulence.
I never got to see Dashboard live. Although, I don’t think I’d enjoy seeing the full band as much as I’d like to just see Carrabba with his guitar. There’s just something about musicians that keep it simple. To convey the same message as a 1 piece artist that takes other full groups to do with 4 or 5 members is something special. If you are a fan of emo music, acoustic music, or just something different then check out this album. It’s a goodie.
The Places You Have Come To Fear The Most, This Bitter Pill, Saints And Sailors