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40 Greatest Emo Albums of All Time

C'mon get sad: the best of punk rock's moody younger sibling

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Dashboard Confessional, 'The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most' (2001)
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27. Dashboard Confessional, 'The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most' (2001)

There's no crushing breakdown, not a single blistering yawp to be found in Dashboard Confessional's sophomore LP. Still, packing a folk-y, acoustic ensemble more fit for a coffee house than a punk house, the deceptively soft-spoken Chris Carrabba breathes enough fire to ignite a thousand Abercrombie stores. In his breakout hit, "Screaming Infidelities," he speaks to the burn of being jilted, emphasized by rogue strands of his ex-girlfriend's hair on his belongings. He ditches the band altogether in "Again I Go Unnoticed," cathartically strumming out the sting of being phased out on his acoustic guitar; setting a precedent for other lonely bedroom guitar heroes to feel right at home on commercial radio. S.E.

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