A truly uplifting album, an amazing mix of angst ridden lyrics with optimistic harmonies pouring emotion with intermittent guitars and bleeding vocals. Powerful lyrics support the easy to relate to subject matters. From love loss and crushes to broken families and suicide. Music to suit pretty much any mood you can be in, it is easy to listen to in a good or bad mood. It suits both sides perfectly almost as though there is nothing to set them apart.
Obviously it may not appeal to most who are used to the heavier side of angst and melancholy music, i.e. metal, but I won't rule them out either, so long as you listen to the lyrics and open up you'll hear exactly what you want to here, such is the appeal of Dashboard Confessional. I certainly could not dare to suggest the standout tracks or the simply better one's as no matter who you are any choice is subject to strong bias and it is simply up to you to find your favourite. However "Again I Go Unnoticed", "This Ruined Puzzle", "The Brilliant Dance" and "This Bitter Pill" offer a fair range.
I cannot possibly describe how good Dashboard Confessional are, it is different from one person to the next, and chances are my own bias has glorified too much, but it can't hurt to try something new. I have bought many albums with little knowledge and have rarely been disappointed, and the only reasons for disliking this album is the inability to listen to acoustic guitars, emotive and expressive lyrics, or often desolate whines; which all work together in blissful harmony to produce that distinct Confessional sound.