Chris Carrabba is a far more versatile musician than anyone ever expected when he became one of emo's breakout stars. Though there's a huge difference between Further Seems Forever, Dashboard Confessional and "Twin Forks" (Dine Alone), his well-crafted lyrics and emotional delivery do tie them all together. With Twin Forks, which includes Bellmore's Suzie Zeldin on vocals and mandolin, Carrabba leans toward the folk of Mumford & Sons and The Lumineers, especially on the driving "Can't Be Broken" and "Kiss Me Darling." The best, hands down, is "Scraping Up the Pieces," where he and Zeldin rave like the American Pogues.
THE GRADE A-
BOTTOM LINE Dashboard confessionals filtered through folk
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