Crooked Shadows

Dashboard Confessional - Crooked Shadows
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2018 Ratings: #639 / 673
User Score
Based on 26 ratings
2018 Ratings: #667
February 9, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Fueled by Ramen / Label
Emo / Genres
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Drowned in Sound

All in all, Crooked Shadows is where new and old Dashboard meet amicably. It is the most revitalising DC album to date.


This is Dashboard Confessional in 2018: still as charming, still as cathartic and ultimately every bit the record you want it to be.

Perhaps Carrabba still writes lyrics in broad terms, but this willingness to sculpt his sounds on the softer side indicates that he's discovered a way to sustain this allegedly adolescent music well into his adulthood.

It was always going to be tough for Dashboard Confessional to repeat what they were, but while maybe Crooked Shadows doesn't hit the heights that A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar did in 2003, it's still a welcome return.

Rolling Stone
This album is Carrabba's rather reasonable pop petition to be dealt back into a game he started.
A.V. Club

Of all his very short albums, this is his shortest, and where he once packed his songs with knotty chord changes and shout-along confessions, here he tends toward conventional structures and lowest-common-denominator couplets.


With Crooked Shadows, Carrabba aims to bring together his competing production impulses. Unfortunately, the results are all over the place. It’s possible to balance intimacy and accessibility, but it’s not easy, and too often here we end up with only the latter.

Gracias a discos como estos-y por mera nostalgia también-prefiero quedarme con los primeros dos trabajos de Dashboard Confessional que están más que recomendables si es que te gusta la música acústica y emo.
Top 3:
We Fight
Open My Eyes (feat. Lindsey Stirling)
Just What To Say (feat. Chrissy Costanza)
After Bookending the Further Seems Forever catalog, and creating his own brief kick-stomp band, Twin Forks, Chris Carrabba brings back Dashboard from the ashes with a *gasp* Nine song frolic. With the exception of the song “belong” which ironically doesn’t, this quick trip finds me longing for more but in a good way.

The first three tracks are solid and Ender’s ender indeed saves again with the best track on the album sang as a duet in his whispery (and best) key. ... read more
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Track List

  1. We Fight
  2. Catch You
  3. About Us
  4. Heart Beat Here
  5. Belong
  6. Crooked Shadows
  7. Open My Eyes (feat. Lindsey Stirling)
  8. Be Alright
  9. Just What To Say (feat. Chrissy Costanza)
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Added on: January 2, 2018