Picks and Pans Review: Dashboard Confessional

updated 10/22/2007 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/22/2007 AT 01:00 AM EDT

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Recorded in just 10 days, with 12 tracks clocking in at less than 34 minutes, the new Dashboard CD definitely feels like a quickie. Indeed, its raw sound and sometimes undercooked songs make it seem more like a collection of outtakes and demos than a proper new studio album. Still, thanks to the tunefulness and emo earnestness of Chris Carrabba, the disc does have its modest charms.
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