Crooked Shadows
Dashboard Confessional - Crooked Shadows
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2018 Ratings: #79 / 82
User Score
Based on 12 ratings
February 9, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Fueled by Ramen / Label
Emo / Genres
Your Review


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.

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.

Feb 13, 2018
Top 3:
We Fight
Open My Eyes (feat. Lindsey Stirling)
Just What To Say (feat. Chrissy Costanza)
Feb 9, 2018
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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Added on: January 2, 2018