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  • Summary: This is the fourth album for the Florida-based emo band led by Christopher Carraba.

Top Track

Hands Down
Breathe in for luck Breathe in so deep This air is blessed You share with me This night is wild So calm and dull These hearts they race From self... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Q Magazine
    90
    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. A Mark is the first time he's let the musical intensity match 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. 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.
  7. Uncut
    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: 33 out of 40
  2. Negative: 4 out of 40
  1. Jan 4, 2020
    10
    This album has something for everyone. The rock version of hands down that would become the definitive dashboard song is just a small piece ofThis album has something for everyone. The rock version of hands down that would become the definitive dashboard song is just a small piece of this underrated album. The only weak spot to me is "if you can't leave it be might as well make it bleed" but everything else here shines. Expand
  2. Eric
    Mar 2, 2004
    10
    This is by far his best album yet. It blew me away. His lyrics are so passionate and realistic.
  3. sarahs
    Sep 17, 2003
    10
    awesome
  4. nikkik
    May 25, 2005
    10
    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. ChrisA
    Aug 23, 2003
    9
    Def better than the last cd... It's just really great-- almost every track has that spark of energy. "Hey Did you get some? Man, that is Def better than the last cd... It's just really great-- almost every track has that spark of energy. "Hey Did you get some? Man, that is so dumb." Expand
  6. MadMan
    Jun 8, 2004
    9
    If not for this crap below me I could have voted a perfect 10 :D certainly one of the best albums around!
  7. BenjaminBunny
    Apr 17, 2004
    0
    Chris Carraba needs to get over it! I know I did when I heard this pathetic pansy-whine CD. Garbage.

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