A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar - Dashboard Confessional
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  • Summary: This is the fourth album for the Florida-based emo band led by Christopher Carraba.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. This is the sound of a superstar in the making. [Nov 2003, p.107]
  2. A Mark, a Mission, a Brand, a Scar will be the album of the Indian summer, warm and wistful all the way through.
  3. An exceptional album filled with passionate, intense, and highly personal songs.
  4. Gil Norton's production has taken the band to new heights, allowing the music to have as much grit, substance, and dynamics as the lyrics.
  5. Carrabba's work is so specifically stuck in adolescence that, even if it's presented in a prettier package as it is on A Mark, it's still very difficult for anybody past sophomore year in college to really connect with his music.
  6. A Mark is the first time he's let the musical intensity match the lyrics.
  7. 20
    He's dispensed with the grittier elements and plumped for a straightforward US college rock backing, with dismal results. [Nov 2003, p.112]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 46
  2. Negative: 6 out of 46
  1. Sam
    Oct 21, 2007
    Every CD Dashboard puts out is amazing! I like his first two bc they are personal, but the high energy of A Mark is also amazing! Definitely the best band and songwriter out there. Expand
  2. JewelCounts
    Jul 19, 2004
    I will have Chris's babies! I love his words, his voice, everything!
  3. sarahs
    Sep 17, 2003
  4. nikkik
    May 25, 2005
    i loved this album, i memorized it in less than a week! and i still listen to it whenever i get the chance...definately worth your money
  5. LauraS
    Sep 17, 2003
    This album is so good, and has a lot of songs on it-so you're getting a lot of quantity and a whole lot of quality for your money.
  6. ChrisL
    Oct 4, 2005
    Fantastic album. Carrabba is a truly talented singer. His ability to put music and lyrics together in an uncanny inspiring way that reminds me of Dave Matthews lyrics. Expand
  7. BenjaminBunny
    Apr 17, 2004
    Chris Carraba needs to get over it! I know I did when I heard this pathetic pansy-whine CD. Garbage.

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