The Lyndsay Diaries

The Tops of Trees Are on Fire

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Coming out in late 2002, shortly after Dashboard Confessional's breakthrough into mainstream radio, its easy to see where Scott Windsor (aka the Lyndsay Diaries) is getting his ideas from. With confessional tunes of a heartbroken emo boy, Windsor is aimed head on at the acoustic, emotive style that came barreling out of the underground in the year before he completed his record. Distant whispers and fleeting moments that hint at a hunger for Bright Eyes' complexity come and go, but never stick, and unfortunately, not even the painfully catchy hooks of Chris Carraba's Dashboard are able to find their way out of what is ultimately a lackluster and far too weepy rumination on Windsor's late teens and early twenties. There are some promising moments, like the Kind of Like Spitting-esque title track, complete with some interesting drum loops, or a number of tunes that would sit comfortably among the quieter work of the Get up Kids, but it falls off the wagon a little too often, and while Windsor certainly has some good ideas, the songs on this disc may have left the dorm room a little prematurely.

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