The Swiss Army Romance
The pop success of Dashboard Confessional's The Places You Fear the Most ensured that the Chris Carrabba-led Florida outfit's initially overlooked 2001 debut would get a second life. It's an album that finds Carrabba and company still rooted firmly in the emo-core ethos that spawned them, as ably displayed on the tortured romantic obsessions of highlights "Living In Your Letters" and "Screaming Infidelities." Those songs flog the familiar notion that there are few things more emotionally excruciating than young love gone wrong, with Carrabba embodying that pain with low-key urgency. The extended version's bonus tracks "This Is a Forgery" and "Hold On" offer a sunnier disposition that's closer to the band's more recent outings.