Dashboard Confessional
The Swiss Army Romance


4.0
excellent

Review

by Big Tone USER (9 Reviews)
August 6th, 2006 | 18 replies | 7,879 views


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist


3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Originally released on Fiddler Records with only 1000 copies or so made, Dashboard Confessional soon would become one of the worlds best acoustic bands ever. Shortly after its release on Fiddler Records a decision was made to move to a more well known label so that it could reach more ears. So on November 14, 2000 Drive Thru Records bought the rights to Swiss Army Romance and had them until 2003 when Carraba and Vagrant records bought it. Starting as only a side project, Chris Carabba of Further Seems Forever, tried to use Dashboard Confessional as an outlet. But after the success of Swiss Army Romance it seemed like the side project would become Carraba’s main project.

The name Dashboard Confessional comes from the song “Sharp Hint Of New Tears” which contains the line “On the way home/ This car hears my confessions”. Dashboard originally was just front man Chris Carraba, until about 2002 when he had a definite line up. When questioned about why using the name Dashboard Confessional instead of using his own name he replied. “What rulebook says it has to be called your name if your one guy?”

Since Swiss Army Romance Dashboard/ Carraba has been quite busy. With three EPs ,”The Drowning EP”, “So Impossible”,and “Summer’s Kiss”. Five full length productions, “Swiss Army Romance”, “The Places You Have Come To Fear The Most”, “MTV Unplugged 2 , “A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar”, and recently “Dusk And Summer” With huge success of all these records it doesn’t look like Dashboard Confessional has any signs of slowing down.


For this record Dashboard Confessional is:
Chris Carraba- vocals/guitarist


Carraba opens this album off with “Screaming Infidelities” a great track with heartfelt strums on his guitar and whinny vocals set the stage for the entire record.. The song itself is about a guy who is full of an overwhelming sorrow about the woman of his dreams who shatters him with acts of infidelity. The best thing about the song is how much emotion Carraba pours into it, which is why I believe this rendition of the song is better than on “The Place You Have Come To Fear The Most”. The second track delivers us with the epic name Dashboard Confessional. The song is about a car ride home, and the racing thoughts of a failed relationship, I especially like how Carraba mentions the minor details of the ride, like the wind blowing and the damp air fighting the defroster.

“Living In Your Letters” has another session of soothing strums of the guitar, and more whinny love sick lyrics, and a sensational whinny voice of Carraba. The only draw backs to this song and many on the album are they all mostly sound the same. So stand out tracks will be few and far between. The title track has a very catchy sound, it is about a girl who is fake in front of everyone, and Carraba says “ I would like to see you undone” meaning he would like to see the real her. Again very emotionally charged track.

“Turpentine Chaser” truly a beautiful song, although when it is on an album with such craftsmanship, it is the kinda track to fall between the cracks. “A Plain Morning” is extraordinary, due to its back up female vocalist, her voice compliments Carraba perfectly. “Age Six Racer” Also has the back up female vocals and melds with Carraba’s voice tremendously , the raw emotion from this song, about a summer that he misses makes this track a winner!

“Again I Go Unnoticed” is stand out track, alittle bit faster paced than the rest of the album. The song is about a relationship that is losing its passion. Down to the lack of conversation due to the TV, the closed lip kiss that is lacking passion, and the mixed signals. “Ender Will Save Us All” is another stand out track, alittle background about the title, Ender is Chris Carraba’s middle name. The song itself is beautifully written and performed excellently. With such lyrics as “I wanna give you whatever you need? What is it you need? Is it what I need? I wanna give you whatever you need? What is it you need? Is it within me?” This is also my favorite track on the album.

“Shirts and Gloves” is yet again another song about a failing relationship! Go figure! It is however very elegant. With extremely soft strokes of the guitar, and very Carraba produces a very, very soft voice. The last original track is Untitled. It is different from the rest of the album, it kinda sounds like a good ole folk song turned rock song. It again has great lyrics.

“Hold on” is one of the bonus tracks if you want the Vagrant records version of this album. It is very good. However the other bonus track “This Is Forgery” is pure garbage! It is Carraba with a synthesizer rather than a guitar. Which is like the Fonz driving a station wagon........it just shouldn’t happen!

In conclusion, we now know that Carraba is the master with a pen and a piece of paper. One of the most emotionally charged albums I have ever heard. I like this album almost as much as I like “Places You Have Come To Fear The Most” and more than “A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar”, “MTV Unplugged 2", and “Dusk and Summer”. Making this my second favorite Dashboard Confessional record. The plus side to the album is that every track is filled with pure emotion and every word spoken is from the heart. The back up vocals on “A Plain Morning” and “Age Six Racer” are superb. The draw backs to this album are that most of the tracks sound extremely similar, but you can only mix it up so much when you are a one man band! The other major draw back is the damn synthesizer! I have no idea what Carraba was thinking!

Tracks to listen to-“Screaming Infidelities”, “Sharp Hint Of New Tears”, “Swiss Army Romance”, “Age Six Racer”, “Again I go Unnoticed”, and “Ender Will Save Us All”

Final Rating - 4

Big Effin Tone



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Big Tone
August 6th 2006



50 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yes, Yes, Yes, Y-E-S, Yes! Two of my reviews on the front page! please leave comments! and please vote thank you!

Big Tone
August 6th 2006



50 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

wow I can't believe this went unoticed......... I feel like track number 8!

Channing
August 6th 2006



497 Comments


Good work. I don't like Dashboard.

The Sludge
August 6th 2006



2169 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good work. I do like Dashboard

(take that Chan)

Onewaytrip2hell
August 6th 2006



508 Comments


My old account rarely let me post on here or the forums. I ended up making this one with a new e-mail adress, to go on report problems, but I found it was closed. Now I'm afraid I'll get banned, and this made my old one even harder to go on. Can anyone reccomend what I should do? Yeah, I know this is off-topic...

Channing
August 6th 2006



497 Comments


Alright alright no need to post in every thread. I posted in the Problems thread for ya.

Onewaytrip2hell
August 6th 2006



508 Comments


It won't even let me post there for some reason, but thanks...This Message Edited On 08.06.06

Pyramidman
August 7th 2006



1340 Comments


“Ender Will Save Us All” is another stand out track, alittle background about the title, Ender is Chris Carraba’s middle name


are you sure that its not a reference to Ender's Game?

cause tahts the best book ive ever read

Big Tone
August 7th 2006



50 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yes I am 100% sure bud, I saw it on the back of the Swiss Army Romance booklet, and researched it online. So I can say with full confidence yes. ;-) by the way I have never read that book, you should write a review about it!

grungeguy88
October 27th 2006



788 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It took me a while to get into Dashboard, but I love them. Simple, heart-felt, beautiful love songs is what Dashboard's all about. The songs only get better.

Pyramidman
October 27th 2006



1340 Comments


by the way I have never read that book, you should write a review about it!


nah id get all fanboyish about it anyways

and i really like This Is A Forgery


stratroker09
November 13th 2006



22 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I gorra say this is probably my favourite dashboard album, and I just bought it a week ago, without the use of drums, he really can get a melody across with only a guitar, all and all great review, great album, great band

stratroker09
November 13th 2006



22 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I gotta say this is probably my favourite dashboard album, and I just bought it a week ago, without the use of drums, he really can get a melody across with only a guitar, all and all great review, great album, great band

BroRape
October 1st 2007



803 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i usually listen to grind and death metal but dashboard is probably my favorite band.

it's really embarassing.

mattb91
April 4th 2008



68 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

probably the best dashboard album ever. I must disagree with the review, slightly, because I enjoyed the track "This is a Forgery".

Crymsonblaze
April 4th 2010



7310 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Again I Go Unnoticed is best.

Great album, though.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
April 4th 2012



20807 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

‘The Swiss Army Romance’ is the debut LP from Dashboard Confessional – the solo side-project of Further Seems Forever vocalist Chris Carrabba. Full of emotional, lovelorn lyrics that are extremely relatable to the average teen, it is the detailed approach which is the saving grace here. Ultimately, however, it is just Carrabba & an acoustic guitar (with a few female backing vocals), so repetitiveness does eventually over-burden the album, despite the 2 standouts being towards the end. At its best when the tunes have pace to add an extra layer of melody to proceedings. Recommended Tracks: Again I Go Unnoticed, Ender Will Save Us All & The Swiss Army Romance.

minty901
November 9th 2013



1913 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

revisiting dashboard confessional after 8-10 years. so beautiful. i wish dashboard was less mainstream because then they (he) would probably get more respect for being a fucking excellent writer and singer of emotional songs.



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