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Dashboard Confessional / New Found Glory: live in Philadelphialive in Philadelphia (2009)
Reviewer Rating: 4
Contributed by: JeloneJelone
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It was like a scene straight out of Andy Greenwald's Nothing Feels Good: Punk Rock, Teenagers, and Emo: Bespectacled, awkward emo folks mingle with more frat-ish, sweatshirt ‚??n' backwards baseball cap types while Dashboard Confessional plays an acoustic set alongside a punk band. In front of me, two lovers sway to strains of songs like "Remember to Breathe" and "Carry This Picture for Luck." She's wearing a knitted wool scarf and hat; he's got shaggy black hair and a scraggly beard; they're both wearing sweaters and glasses. To my right, two friends discuss the set list and Flyers stats with equal authority. The only difference is that it's not 2000; it's 2009.
Generally speaking, Carrabba avoided his post-A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar albums, playing only two songs off of 2006's Dusk and Summer (singles "Don't Wait" and "Stolen"), one track off of 2007's The Shade of Poison Trees ("Where There's Gold") and three from this year's Alter the Ending ("Belle of the Boulevard," "Until Morning" and "Get Me Right"). The crowd didn't seem too enthralled by Lefler's own "Up My Sleeve," perhaps because it rips a bit too much from the Beatles' "Blackbird," which is too good a song for anyone to imitate.
I had my own qualms with the set -- I would've loved to have heard "So Long, So Long," or So Impossible from start to finish, or "Wearing Thin" as long as I'm dreaming -- but the songs Carrabba did select for the show were mighty fine. It's cool that despite Dashboard Confessional's latter-day rock band sound, he still returns to his acoustic roots on occasion. Rag on the emo icon all ye want; dude still puts on a fun show for his fans. He delivers full-throated renditions of their favorite songs and he engages them on a personal level. I feel bad for the kids in Detroit, which the original canceled tour was supposed to hit Dec. 12. They missed out.
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