Second full LP from emo icons, with one new song. Plus Unplugged DVD

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Dashboard Confessional – MTV Unplugged V2.0

This is mostly a live version of the Dawson’s Creek fan’s Nirvana and their largely semi-acoustic breakthrough, The Places You Have Come To Fear The Most. The main addition is a singalong choir of their young, mostly female fans, whose fervour for the neatly handsome Chris Carrabba’s songs of heartbreak is hard to dismiss. But though he’s a fan of Costello, and attempts the fury of love in the cuts and bruises of “Screaming Infidelities”, his well-meaning work is too ordered and bland for even shallow scars, sounding like the self-dramatising agonies of well-off young Americans with few real problems.