#Review: Dashboard Confessional – Crooked Shadows


   

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Dashboard Confessional are an American rock band from Boca Raton, Florida, led by frontman, singer and principle songwriter, Chris Carrabba. Since their debut album release, back in 2000, the band have gained a massive, loyal following and are now releasing their seventh album, Crooked Shadows. Here’s what we have to say about it…

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It’s been eight years since the band’s last album but Chris Carrabba and the rest of Dashboard Confessional are back with a new studio album, however this one has just 9 tracks, making it more of a mini album. Also, traditionally known to be a fairly emo band, this album sees them venturing into slightly newer territories.

It all kicks off with ‘We Fight’, which is an all-out, scream-it-at-the-top-of-your-lungs anthem for anyone and everyone that’s got something to fight for…or against, whilst ‘Heartbeat Here’ is a mellower, acoustic, crowd pleaser that is just begging for an audience to chant along with it. ‘Catch You’ and ‘About Us’ have some simply stunning yet powerful vocal harmonies, epic choruses and great, subtle use of synths. Then there’s ‘Belong’ (a collaboration with Cash Cash) – this is the most unique track on the album, and sees the band take on a much more modern sound (almost venturing into Maroon 5 territory). On first listen, I actually felt like it was almost confusing the direction of the album a bit, but it’s actually become one of my favourite tracks on the record…plus it provides a welcome change in vibe at the midway point. However, I’m certain that this track will be divisive amongst fans and that many will not like tropical-house feel or over-produced nature.

Crooked Shadows is very much an album that has something for everyone – it demonstrates that they aren’t afraid to update their sound with the times.

There are also couple of slower, more emo-style, heartstring-pullers, ‘Open My Eyes’ and the almost ‘Time Of My Life’-esque (Green Day), ‘Just What To Say’ (featuring Chrissy Costanza) that expose Carrabba’s raw emotion and vulnerable lyric-writing abilities. Whilst the title track, ‘Crooked Shadows’ and ‘Be Alright’ are big, rock-out songs.

Crooked Shadows is very much an album that has something for everyone and whilst it’s probably never going to quite live up to the fans’ love of A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar, it really is a fantastic new release and a great comeback record. It demonstrates that they aren’t afraid to update their sound with the times. I thoroughly enjoyed it; it’s just a shame that there aren’t more tracks.

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‘Crooked Shadows’ is out now and can be downloaded from iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/crooked-shadows/1334380586


Crooked Shadows on Spotify

We Fight (Official Video)


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#FeelGoodFriday: Against The Current – ‘Runaway’


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Against The Current are a pop rock band from New York, who have been gathering an online following since their formation in 2011.

The trio have only recently released their debut album, In Our Bones, and it’s intense! It’s jammed packed with anthems; a stunner of a debut release!

One of the tracks from the album is ‘Runaway’ which has just about every #FeelGoodFriday vibe going – it begins with the thumping bass drum and Chrissy’s chorus vocals fading, straight into the verse. The guitars are punchy and the chorus is seriously addictive. It is just an awesome song and really is going to make your day!

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‘Runaway’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/runaway/id1086315368?i=1086315645


#Two4Tunesday: Twenty One Pilots – ‘Stressed Out’ & Timeflies – ‘Once In A While’


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Twenty One Pilots – ‘Stressed Out’

Twenty One Pilots are an American musical duo who have merged hip hop with electropop to perfection.

The band have had several releases to date but ‘Stressed Out’ has been their most successful track in the UK to date, and the only one to chart (reaching Number 14).

This song possibly owes its commercial success to the lyrical content and it’s take on the darker sides of adolescent life transitioning into adulthood.

Great video too! – check that out below!


‘Stressed Out’ is on iTunes for downloading now! – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/stressed-out/id974485462?i=974485474



Timeflies – ‘Once In A While’

Timeflies have been featured on Muzik Speaks before and have been gathering a lot of online attention recently. The pair have even been collaborating with a whole range of artists including Mike Posner and Martin Johnson (singer of Boys Like Girls).

This song, ‘Once In A While’, is their most recent release and not taken from their 2015 album, Just For Fun – could this be a sign of a new album this year?!

There are elements of Kygo vibes with great vocals and their trademark hint of hip hop thrown in too – a great summery feel-good song.


‘Once In A While’ is up for download from iTunes now! – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/once-in-a-while/id1078486347?i=1078486355


 

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