• Record Label: Vagrant
  • Release Date: Jun 27, 2006
User Score
6.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 47 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 47
  2. Negative: 11 out of 47

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  1. AnthonyV
    Jul 6, 2006
    5
    Call the waambulance. Emo Boi #1 is back with another collection of Music To Cut To. For those of you out there complaining about the guitars and the heavier arrangements: that's the best part of this album. The song structure and arrangement on this album is fantastic. And it all goes to hell when Mr. Carabba starts whining, yelping, and crying over it all like a 14-year-old who Call the waambulance. Emo Boi #1 is back with another collection of Music To Cut To. For those of you out there complaining about the guitars and the heavier arrangements: that's the best part of this album. The song structure and arrangement on this album is fantastic. And it all goes to hell when Mr. Carabba starts whining, yelping, and crying over it all like a 14-year-old who lost his dog. Yeah, if Chris wasn't so over-emotive on this record, it would be a normal pop record. Well, that says something for normal pop. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Or cry that it's broken to begin with. Expand
  2. DukeC
    Jun 27, 2006
    4
    This album is dashboard's worst album, by far. "Don't Wait", "The Secret's In the Telling", "So Long, So Long", and the title track "Dusk and Summer" are the only original and good songs on the album. Every other song copies off of those songs. What were you thinking Chris Caberra?
  3. SamD
    Jul 1, 2006
    4
    I believe that the guy can sing, but it just does not sound right with guitars behind it. instead, it sounds pitchy instead smooth. the lyrics are okay but they can get incredibly generic at times. the music stands as the only thing i can truly listen to and not hate.
  4. RichardT
    Jun 26, 2006
    6
    Dusk and Summer seems to present a more mature sound for Carrabba. After initial surprise at the new angle he has taken you quickly realise its just similar songs with similar deep lyrics to Dashboard's other offerings with better, more polished production. So Long, So Long which guests Adam Duritz is an absolute gem though. Die hards will love this album, the occasional Dusk and Summer seems to present a more mature sound for Carrabba. After initial surprise at the new angle he has taken you quickly realise its just similar songs with similar deep lyrics to Dashboard's other offerings with better, more polished production. So Long, So Long which guests Adam Duritz is an absolute gem though. Die hards will love this album, the occasional listner...not so much! Expand
  5. BGill
    Jun 27, 2006
    5
    A bit blah. I always enjoyed the MTV Unplugged stuff and the Vindicated EP, but this is not growing on me like his previous work.
  6. JosephS
    Jun 28, 2006
    4
    I'm being kind of hard on the band but they really dropped the ball on this one. There is aot of hype for this album but it don't deliver, there are only a few good songs, and it don't compare to his earlier work- swiss army romance and the places you have come to fear the most. Chris needs to go back to what worked and made so many people die hard fans
  7. SireenD
    Jun 30, 2006
    6
    Good, but not the original Dashboard Sound we have all come to love...Careful Carrabba--don't get too Corporate!
  8. bignickj
    Sep 2, 2006
    6
    I found myself waiting and wishing for any hint of the old carraba. his new sound is simply a lost attempt to produce a sound closer to U2 than the classic emo sound he previously had been adored for. the new songs are good, and get better once the words are memorized enough to sing along
Metascore
60

Mixed or average reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Blender
    70
    It's at once a distillation of all that drew tweeners to Dashboard... and a messy, multidimensional celebration of romance and regret. [Jul 2006, p.99]
  2. Rolling Stone
    70
    Dusk and Summer can be as ponderous and precious as a Hallmark card, but it succeeds because Carrabba has found music as intense and bittersweet as his deep, deep feelings. [29 Jun 2006, p.68]
  3. They've never sounded so unoriginal. Or, frankly, better.