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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
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Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
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Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Dashboard Confessional
So Impossible EP
Vagrant Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
It's January, and Chris Carrabba is still doing what he does best, this time, with a slight twist and an extra band member. He's still making the type of music emo fans love, except this time it's a hell of a lot more hopeful. I know it sounds contradictory, but it's true.

The man who once sang, "another wasted breath/again it goes unnoticed/please tell me that you're just feeling tired/cause if its more than that I feel that I might break "is actually writing optimistic songs about love! Watch out. You might see Chris's fans, that huge horde of girls and oh-so-sensitive guys, wiping their tears, grabbing each others hands, and preparing for a sappy, sentimental romance in which they not only remember the exact date of their first kiss or their first date, but also the first time they met, at that Pedro the Lion concert and the first time they talked about their past attempts at suicide.

For this EP, Carrabba has added Dan Hoerner of Sunny Day Real Estate as a second member to Dashboard Confessional. It doesn't change his sound much, just adding another guitar and occasionally some harmonies for vocals. Dashboard Confessional is still basically Carrabba's voice with some acoustic guitar. When I first heard So Impossible was going to be a four-song narrative of the progression of a romance, ending happily, I was unsure whether or not the emo crowd would go for it. But then I thought, Who would go to the concerts? But its ok, because the protagonist is a quiet guy that "doesn't quite fit in," who can't work up the courage to ask a girl out. The entire first song is about the boy wishing he could impress her, wishing everything he said "would come out insightful, or brave, or smooth, or charming."

But that's ok, because in the second song, the object of his desire asks him out. I might as well note the ridiculous lyrics involved as the boy tells us what he wants to know about the girl, including "Do you like dishing the dirt on the whole class? And talking the big smack?" It's pretty awful.

The third song is about preparation for the big date, whereas the last is about the date itself, as the boy gets super-sensitive, explaining he and her are "safe" from "probing questions" like "'Hey, did you get some?" He explains, "Man, that is so dumb." The EP ends with their first kiss, the powerful, meaningful culmination of their first date and all their emotion.

I guess Dan Hoerner got on the Dashboard Confessional bandwagon (yeah, I know two isn't much of a wagon) at the right time, because with Chris Carrabba becoming so huge, not only will every girl who likes emo be fawning all over anyone involved in his music, but now, with his less depressing lyrics, any MTV viewer can engross themselves in sounds of these two sensitive, caring men. To sum it up, Chris and Dan will be getting the fame, sex, and money I'm not too sure they deserve.

Reviewed by Jeanette Samyn
A contributing writer for LAS and a former music director WBAR at Barnard College.

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