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Albums Of The Week: Dashboard Confessional | All The Truth That I Can Tell

Sensitive dude Chris Carrabba takes stock with another slate of indie-folk balladry.

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THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Dashboard Confessional’s ninth studio album All The Truth That I Can Tell is both a remarkable renewal and fortunate step forward for the band’s songwriter, frontman and founder Chris Carrabba. All The Truth That I Can Tell stands among Carrabba’s finest — a strikingly potent musical look at himself through a rediscovered keyhole, both an achievement of vision and a vital burst of artistic clarity; less like reading someone’s diary and more like reading their eyes.

“It turned out that there were relationships between all these songs, and this one is about the realization that nothing is forever, and the acceptance that it shouldn’t be,” says Carrabba of the single Everyone Else Is Just Noise. “The song doesn’t come from any sort of venerable authority of any kind. I think it’s self-reflection. I’m speaking to myself, here. Sometimes, you are the grownup and sometimes you’re also not the grownup. Sometimes it’s only part of you that’s grasped the concept of reality, and it takes the inner voice to exemplify what is necessary to move forward.”

Written and recorded in the months before COVID, All The Truth That I Can Tell began with Carrabba at a distinct crossroads as the last decade came to an end. Running on fumes, unsure if he’d ever release another album, he waited. The songs eventually came, and though the project might’ve easily come to a screeching halt following a near-fatal motorcycle accident in the summer of 2020, All The Truth That I Can Tell stands among Carrabba’s finest, both an achievement of vision and a vital burst of artistic clarity.

Produced by James Paul Wisner — who previously helmed Dashboard Confessional’s now-classic first two studio albums, The Swiss Army Romance and The Places You Have Come to Fear — the new album is a strikingly potent new look at Dashboard Confessional.”