The Shade of Poison Trees

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The Shade of Poison Trees
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Studio album by Dashboard Confessional
Released October 2, 2007
Recorded March 2007
Genre Emo
Length 33:44
Label Vagrant
Producer Don Gilmore[1]
Dashboard Confessional chronology
The Wire Tapes Vol. 1
The Shade of Poison Trees
Alter the Ending
Singles from The Shade of Poison Trees
  1. "Thick as Thieves"
    Released: October 2, 2007
  2. "These Bones"
    Released: 2008

The Shade of Poison Trees is the fifth studio album recorded by the band Dashboard Confessional.

Production and composition[edit]

The Shade of Poison Trees had been recorded over 10 days in Florida with producer Don Gilmore, who also takes credit for the production of Dashboard Confessional's previous album, Dusk and Summer.

The Shade of Poison Trees is heralded as a return to form, so to speak, breaking away from the electric, full band sound of their previous two albums and returning to the acoustic sound that Carrabba was previously known for. However, the album is unmistakably more mature, as the songs sound similar to their more recent work, yet without the heavily produced style.


On August 17, 2007, The Shade of Poison Trees was announced for release, and "Thick as Thieves" was made available for streaming via the group's Myspace account.[2] "Thick as Thieves" was released as the first single off the album in August. On August 22, the band posted "Little Bombs" on their MySpace page. On September 7, Chris Carrabba posted a video message on his MySpace blog, inviting his fans to create a music video for the song "Thick as Thieves". The winning director wins a prize of $2,500 cash, two VIP tickets, and a "Golden Ticket" to any and all Dashboard Confessional concerts in the next year. From mid-September to mid-November, Carrabba went on a solo US tour[2] with support from Augustana and John Ralston.[3] On September 25, the band added "Keep Watch for the Mines" to their MySpace page.

The album in its entirety was posted on the band's MySpace page on September 28, 2007, and it was released on October 2 on Vagrant Records.[2] "Thick as Thieves" was released to radio on October 2.[4] In November and December, the band went a brief arena tour in the UK with Maroon 5.[5] "These Bones" was Dashboard Confessional's second single off the album and was released December 3, 2007.


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (68/100)[6]
Review scores
Source Rating 86%[7]
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[8]
The A.V. Club B+[9]
Entertainment Weekly C+[10]
PopMatters 7/10 stars[11]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[12]
Spin (7/10)[13]
Sputnikmusic (3/5)[14]
Stylus Magazine B[15]
Uncut 3/5 stars[6]

Following its release, The Shade of Poison Trees debuted at number 18 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, selling about 48,000 copies in its first week.[16]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Chris Carrabba.

  1. "Where There's Gold" – 2:29
  2. "Thick as Thieves" – 2:19
  3. "Keep Watch for the Mines" – 2:46
  4. "These Bones" – 2:59
  5. "Fever Dreams" – 2:30
  6. "The Shade of Poison Trees" – 2:58
  7. "The Rush" – 3:51
  8. "Little Bombs" – 2:33
  9. "I Light My Own Fires Now" – 2:54
  10. "Matters of Blood and Connection" – 2:24
  11. "Clean Breaks" – 2:59
  12. "The Widows Peak" – 2:58

Bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "The Only Gift That I Need" – 2:09*
  2. "Tonight I'll Take What I Can Get" [re-recorded] (iTunes pre-order bonus track) – 2:57
  3. "Tonight I'll Take What I Can Get" (original acoustic version) – 4:24*

"*"UK bonus tracks


Chart performance[edit]

The Shade of Poison Trees debuted at number 18 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 48,000 copies in its first week.[17]

Chart Peak
US Billboard 200[18] 18
US Top Alternative Albums (Billboard)[19] 4
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[20] 1
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[21] 6


  1. ^ Don Gilmore credits at Allmusic
  2. ^ a b c "Dashboard Confessional to release album Oct. 2". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. August 17, 2007. Retrieved March 18, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Max Bemis making five-stop appearance with Dashboard Confessional". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. August 27, 2007. Retrieved March 18, 2017. 
  4. ^ " Alternative eWeekly". AllAccess. September 25, 2007. Retrieved July 1, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Dashboard Confessional to tour U.K. with Maroon5". Alternative Press. July 24, 2007. Retrieved August 25, 2016. 
  6. ^ a b Critic reviews at Metacritic
  7. ^ review
  8. ^ Allmusic review
  9. ^ The A.V. Club review
  10. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  11. ^ PopMatters review
  12. ^ "Rolling Stone review". Archived from the original on October 24, 2007. Retrieved November 4, 2012. 
  13. ^ Spin review
  14. ^ Sputnikmusic review
  15. ^ Stylus Magazine review
  16. ^ Katie Hasty, "Springsteen Is Boss Of Album Chart With 'Magic'",, October 10, 2007.
  17. ^ Harding, Cortney (October 16, 2007). "Dashboard Rewards Core Fans With New Album". Billboard. Retrieved December 2, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Dashboard Confessional – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Dashboard Confessional.
  19. ^ "Dashboard Confessional – Chart history" Billboard Top Alternative Albums for Dashboard Confessional.
  20. ^ "Dashboard Confessional – Chart history" Billboard Independent Albums for Dashboard Confessional.
  21. ^ "Dashboard Confessional – Chart history" Billboard Top Rock Albums for Dashboard Confessional.

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