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  • Summary: The seventh full-length studio release for the emo band led by Chris Carrabba is its first in eight years.
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  1. Feb 26, 2018
    80
    This is Dashboard Confessional in 2018: still as charming, still as cathartic and ultimately every bit the record you want it to be.
  2. Feb 9, 2018
    80
    All in all, Crooked Shadows is where new and old Dashboard meet amicably. It is the most revitalising DC album to date.
  3. Feb 15, 2018
    70
    Perhaps Carrabba still writes lyrics in broad terms, but this willingness to sculpt his sounds on the softer side indicates that he's discovered a way to sustain this allegedly adolescent music well into his adulthood.
  4. Feb 9, 2018
    60
    This album is Carrabba's rather reasonable pop petition to be dealt back into a game he started.
  5. Feb 14, 2018
    50
    Crooked Shadows, their first album in nine years, folds the polished dynamics of contemporary pop into a hesitant, uneven collection of heartsongs that nonetheless ache and soar like vintage Dashboard.
  6. Feb 9, 2018
    50
    Of all his very short albums, this is his shortest, and where he once packed his songs with knotty chord changes and shout-along confessions, here he tends toward conventional structures and lowest-common-denominator couplets.
  7. Kerrang!
    Feb 16, 2018
    40
    A largely drab album. [10 Feb 2018, p.51]

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