MTV Unplugged 2.0

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Is he a punk rocker with a wide sensitive streak or a singer-songwriter with just enough attitude to curl his lip into a sneer? Either way, Chris Carrabba -- the artist known as Dashboard Confessional -- has touched a nerve with an ever-growing cadre of fans, a group that'll surely salivate at the prospect of dipping deep into this 15-track concert set. Dashboard's tunes, never overly amped to begin with, take to the "unplugged" treatment nicely, with the radio staple "Screaming Infidelities" and the darting, frazzled "Places You Have Come to Fear the Most" getting (if such a thing is possible) an even heftier dose of angst in the process. The fanatic response has its ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Is he a punk rocker with a wide sensitive streak or a singer-songwriter with just enough attitude to curl his lip into a sneer? Either way, Chris Carrabba -- the artist known as Dashboard Confessional -- has touched a nerve with an ever-growing cadre of fans, a group that'll surely salivate at the prospect of dipping deep into this 15-track concert set. Dashboard's tunes, never overly amped to begin with, take to the "unplugged" treatment nicely, with the radio staple "Screaming Infidelities" and the darting, frazzled "Places You Have Come to Fear the Most" getting (if such a thing is possible) an even heftier dose of angst in the process. The fanatic response has its downside, though: While being surrounded by a sea of peers singing along with every song can be invigorating in a club, the charm erodes considerably when put on tape. And, not surprisingly, just about every nook and cranny of MTV Unplugged is, well, plugged with the voice of the fan, which sometimes carries whole segments. This treatment elevates the anthemic "The Good Fight" but curtails Carrabba's punch on "Again I Go Unnoticed." Diehards are unlikely to be deterred, but casual Confessional-ists might prefer sticking to the studio versions. Adding dimension to the package, however, is a bonus DVD containing the original broadcast in its entirety.
All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
The second release in MTV's revived Unplugged series of TV shows and albums following Lauryn Hill's head-scratcher of a public therapy session is very much in the laid-back, casual, chatty spirit of the original Jules Shear-hosted TV show of the late '80s. In a nod to the times, however, this was released as a CD/DVD double-disc, with the DVD containing the televised concert. Of course, Dashboard Confessional MTV Unplugged is a little redundant, considering how many of singer/songwriter/mainstay Chris Carrabba's songs are simple voice and acoustic guitar numbers anyway, but this 52-minute selection is a well-chosen parade of hits and relative obscurities from throughout the band's career. Those who have been to a Dashboard Confessional concert know that one of the audience tics that has grown up around Carrabba is that the audience often sings along to the songs, often louder than Carrabba himself; that tendency is kept somewhat in check here, but it's still present, which might make MTV Unplugged a rather annoying listen for some.
Spin Magazine - Alex Pappademas
No matter how far Carrabba has moved from his punk roots creatively or commercially, the performance [on this disc] does what punk is supposed to do: It sizes up the barrier between the "talent" and the paying customers, and then puts a boot through it. (8)
Blender - Jon Pareles
Unlike the usual Unplugged set, many songs actually sound fuller than the studio versions, adding guitar, bass and galloping drums to some formerly solo tunes.

No matter how far Carrabba has moved from his punk roots creatively or commercially, the performance [on this disc] does what punk is supposed to do: It sizes up the barrier between the "talent" and the paying customers, and then puts a boot through it. (8)
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/17/2002
  • Label: Vagrant Records
  • UPC: 601091037823
  • Catalog Number: 378
  • Sales rank: 80,185

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Swiss Army Romance
  2. 2 The Best Deceptions
  3. 3 Remember To Breathe
  4. 4 The Good Fight
  5. 5 The Sharp Hint Of New Tears
  6. 6 So Impossible
  7. 7 The Places You Have Come To Fear The Most
  8. 8 Turpentine Chaser
  9. 9 Living In Your Letters
  10. 10 For You To Notice
  11. 11 The Brilliant Dance
  12. 12 Screaming Infidelities
  13. 13 Saints And Sailors
  14. 14 Again I Go Unnoticed
  15. 15 Hands Down
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dashboard Confessional Primary Artist
Mike Marsh Drums
Dan Bonebrake Bass
Chris Carrabba Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Greg Calbi Mastering
Alex Coletti Producer
Mike Fisher Producer
Christopher Shaw Remixing
Adam Blackburn Engineer
Chris Carrabba Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    $15.00 ????? Thats it???? Too good to be True

    This CD DVD combo is worth the money and more! Thats right, you get the concert on audio for your CD players, and DVD, so that you can see the real thing for yourself, for less than a regualar CD costs! Chris Carrabba is awsome, next to his trusty band, the band comes to your house. Go ahead, crank it up, the neihbors will like it so much, they come over to listen, than buy one ofr themselves. Dashboard Confession MTV Unplugged is a must buy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    DashboarD... The TWIGGS GrouP....THEY KICK A$$

    Dashboard to me has an uplifting spirit in their music and i relate to them in many different ways... in my opinion Dashboard is one of the best out there and will really climb the charts.. Chris is amazing and very talented.. all in all.. THEY KICK POPS A$$ OUT OF THE WATER!"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    dashboard rocks

    This is one of the best cd's ive ever bought chris carrabba expresses himself so well and this band sounds amazing especially for a live concert. The bonus dvd is another reason you have to buy this cd.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great CD

    I have all of Chris's other CD's, this is a must buy [as are the other ones]. On the first song he sounds a little nervous, but the crowd is surprisingly in tune - number two, The Best Deceptions, is in my opinion the best track - I didn't think so until I heard two minutes in when he sang "away". Chris is once again amazing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    if the audience could sing

    it might be decent. but due to the fact that they cant, they ruin an other wise great cd. stick with his other studio albums(they are all unplugged anyways.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing Talent

    Chris is my new hero. His music touches me in a way that no other artist ever has. I recommend you give this cd to someone your really love and care for.

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    Posted December 24, 2010

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