"Kiss Me Darling"
February 25, 2014 - Dine Alone
The same guy who appealed to broken-hearted teenagers a decade ago with Dashboard Confessional has reinvented his music for his maturing fanbase with Twin Forks. The four-piece, fronted by Chris Carrabba and featuring delightful vocal harmonies by mandolinist Suzie Zeldin, also of the Narrative, create accessible roots and Americana songs akin to John Prine, Bob Dylan and Tom Petty. Carabba once wrote songs about the thrill of new love, but with “Kiss Me Darling,” his heart is soundly sunk in familiarity (“I’ll take the last train back/I’ll wake you when I get there because I miss you bad/I need to feel you more than I ever had”). Whereas Dashboard frequently agonized over a failed relationship, Twin Forks rekindle it years later in “Cross My Mind.” (“Found an old picture of you on my phone/Got a new feeling now I won’t let go.”) Although the music and lyrical content are more mature, what hasn’t changed is the familiar empathetic thrill of Carabba’s songwriting.