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Dashboard Confessional Embraces Honest Storytelling On Ninth Studio Album

Fronted by Chris Carrabba, the band has been churning out relatable tracks about heartbreak, love, lust, and everything in between since 2000. With their latest chapter, All The Truth That I Can Tell, the band built upon their emo rock legacy with some of their strongest work yet.

All The Truth That I Can Tell hit streaming services on Feb. 25 and opened with a track that will immediately tear your heart wide open. Aptly titled “Burning Heart,” the song kicks off with Carrabba reflecting on life and the regrets he’s had throughout the years. It becomes evident quickly that the album is one of reflection. This is further demonstrated in track No. 2, where Carrabba croons about self-growth. “I‘m starting to live without doubting // I’m learning to like who I am,” he sings.

“Southbound and Sinking” breaks through with a more angsty sound, proving that Carrabba is still a rock musician first and foremost. Meanwhile, the following track, “Sleep In,” arrives in complete juxtaposition. It is a soft, acoustic ballad that spins a story with such detail in a way only Carrabba can.

Carrabba is the first to admit the record is a deeply personal one, built on truth.

“Honesty was at the heart of the writing process, at the heart of the recording process, and at the heart of this collection of songs,” Carrabba said in a press release.  “I had the rare opportunity to be unflinchingly honest. But I think I would have thought in the early days that that would be commonplace. Now, I realize it’s some kind of cycle within your life and there’s great personal reward in accepting that.”

The title track closes out the record, and again, touches on honesty. Carrabba fearlessly confronts his past in the album’s final moments. The song spans nearly six minutes, but doesn’t contain a stale moment. Fans who have invested themselves in Dashboard Confessional’s 20-year career will be eager to listen to the end as Carrabba ruminates on his career and looks ahead to the future.

It would be false to say Carraba has found a deepened sense of maturity with the band’s newest album, simply because he’s always penned songs of sophistication. What he does seem to have found is a new sense of self-acceptance, which, as an artist, is everything. After two decades as a band, Dashboard Confessional has found their stride, and album No. 9 has as much soul as album No. 1 did.

Words by Brandy Baye

Posted On 4 October, 2022