This is Dashboard Confessional's second full length album. While maintaining the bands distinctive acoustic sound, this ablum features a fuller sound than its predecessor, Swiss Army Romance, dues largely to the fact that Dashboard Confessional is no longer just Chris Carrabba. This album feartues Jolie Lindholm from The Rocking Horse Winner singing backing vocals, Dan Bonebrake (formerly of Vacant Andys) on bass, and Mike Marsh of The Agency playing drums. The album was released on Vagrant Records.

Track Listing:

  1. The Brilliant Dance - 3:02
  2. Screaming Infidelities - 3:46
  3. The Best Deceptions - 4:14
  4. This Ruined Puzzle - 2:52
  5. Saints and Sailors - 2:33
  6. The Good Fight - 2:27
  7. Standard Lines - 2:27
  8. Again I Go Unnoticed - 2:17
  9. The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most - 2:56
  10. This Bitter Pill - 3:13


Also, the title track of this album.

Lyrics:

Buried deep as you can dig inside yourself,
and covered with a perfect shell,
such a charming beautiful exterior.
Laced with brilliant smiles and shining eyes
and perfect makeup but you're barely scraping by,
but you're barely scraping by.

This is one time
that you can't fake it hard enough to please everyone or anyone at all.
And the grave that you refuse to leave
the refuge that you've built to flee
the places you have come to fear the most.
...is the place that you have come to fear the most

Buried deep as you can dig inside yourself,
and hidden in the public eye.
Such a stellar monument to loneliness.
Laced with brilliant smiles and shining eyes
and perfect makeup but you're barely scraping by.

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