In perusing this CD/DVD, one might be forgiven for thinking that Dashboard Confessional has added a large chorus to the group since its 2001 studio set, The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most, whic

In perusing this CD/DVD, one might be forgiven for thinking that Dashboard Confessional has added a large chorus to the group since its 2001 studio set, The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most, which spent more than six months on The Billboard 200. But it's just faithful fans belting along to singer/songwriter Chris Carrabba's vehemently emotional and engaging songs of love lost, as he encourages them to do at every live show. Audience participation does eventually become irritating on the CD (unless, of course, you're also singing along), but it is a wonderful component of the DVD. Mainly comprising songs from the last album (like the MTV2 Video Award-winning "Screaming Infidelities") with a tease of new ones, Dashboard turns in the most memorable Unplugged since Lauryn Hill's tearful take. And watching the crowd interaction is all a newcomer needs to understand the band's charisma.—TP

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