Release Date: Oct 2, 2007
Record label: Vagrant
Genre(s): Rock, Pop
Review Summary: It's pretty and all, but "The Shade of Poison Trees" is still pretty much just another Dashboard album.Anyone who tries to deny liking “Screaming Infidelities” is lying. I’ve said it before and will continue to say it, because that was a killer single that put Chris Carrabba, former head of Further Seems Forever and currently Dashboard Confessional, on the map. The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most is some of the best acoustic pop of the century, particularly that people actually like.
It’s disconcerting that after four albums, emo’s dewy poster boy, Chris Carrabba (a.k.a. Dashboard Confessional), now 32, is still agape at the Medusa-like proportions of the women in his life, and beholden to the dimensions of his navel. The Shade of Poison Trees, Carrabba’s purported back-to-his-roots album (”redeem-o,” anyone?), offers little evidence that he’s matured along with his audience.