Dashboard Confessional – All The Truth That I Can Tell (Album Review)

With a history in music dating back over two decades, Dashboard Confessional is one of the most easily recognized name in the Emo/Alternative Rock world. Led by Chris Carrabba, the band has consistently recorded strong albums through the years in between a hiatus that latest from 2011 through 2015, in order to explore other artistic projects. Returning in 2018 with Crooked Shadows, their first full-length studio since 2009’s After the Ending, Dashboard Confessional’s anniversary tour was sadly cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but now they are back in 2022 with highly anticipated album All The Truth That I Can Tell.

The band’s ninth overall studio records, All The Truth That I Can Tell was written and recorded pre-Covid, but was recently released on February 25, 2022 through Hidden Note Records. Complete with eleven new tracks, Carrabba decided to call on James Paul Wisner once again, the producer of the band’s first two studio albums, The Swiss Army Romance (2000) and The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most (2001).

Much like Dashboard Confessional’s prior works, a very honest recount, it all kicks off with “Burning Heart.” Setting the right mood with the gentle stroke of acoustic guitar, Carrabba’s soft vocals takes you by the hand to tell a story. The story continues with the catchy, yet humble and down to earth “Everyone Else Is Just Noise,” the hopefully “Here’s To Moving On,” and relatable “The Better Of Me.”

From here Carrabbas continues wears his heart on his sleeve with “Southbound and Sinking” before spreading a more joyful tone on “Sleep In.” He then taps into himself further with “Me And Mine,” a song that describes how a person evolves, appreciates the journey, and learns cherishes their loved ones even more. All very emotional songs thus far, “Sunshine State” brings on the heartbreak before, “Pain Free In Three Chords” lifts you back up, “Young” helps you reflect, and the title-track “All The Truth That I Can Tell” offers a finale that is full of sincere sentiment. 

Overall, Dashboard Confessional has created yet another wonderful album that goes straight for your heart and leaves a mark! The songs are fit with beautiful arrangements and each one telling a story that you can not only relate to, but feel deep within your soul. With some songs more catchier than others, Carrabba does an excellent job of carefully placing and transporting a message of hope in each lyric. A delightful return from an old favorite, Cryptic Rock gives All The Truth That I Can Tell 5 out of  5 stars. 

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