Dashboard Confessional
A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar


4.0
excellent

Review

by grungeguy88 USER (6 Reviews)
December 12th, 2006 | 23 replies | 6,791 views


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: No one captures the spirit of youth like Dashboard Confessional.

5 of 5 thought this review was well written

It took me soo long to get into Dashboard Confessional. My friend loved them and would always put them in the stereo at the wood shop where we work, and I would just hate it. I had the state of mind that most people have for Dashboard, that they just sound so mainstream and wussy. Slowly but surely, I started to tolerate them, then moderately enjoy them, and now I love em. This was odd, because at the same time I was starting to turn away from mainstream rock that I had listened to for years.

Prior to A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar, Dashboard Confessional was basically just Chris Carrabba on his acoustic guitar. For this album he picked up a full band, which is a good thing, because Carrabba’s acoustic work wasn’t going to get him much farther. There’s nothing offensive about Dashboard; clean guitars, nice vocals and harmless lyrics give them an undeniably mainstream-friendly sound. One must look deeper than the docile surface to find what makes Dashboard great. What makes this album and Dashboard great is the emotion. I’ve heard people call Dashboard emo, and although Dashboard doesn’t really fit what I consider to be emo, if you think emo is simply ‘emotional music’, than I couldn’t agree more.

Carrabba captures the emotion of young love perfectly. We’ve all thought we were in love back when we were 12-17 (some of us still are), and remember how happy and excited we were when we would talk to our ‘lovers’ on the phone or AIM or whatever. Sounds ridiculous, I know, but that’s what it was. We were on top of the world, we had everything figured out, we knew what love was, despite what our parents said. I remember sneaking around because my parents didn’t want me to have a girlfriend. I’m sure you all remember how happy you were just to hang out for a while with the one you liked. “Hands Down” brings me back to that time, with quick, hushed riffs during the verse and lyrics like “Your legs are smooth as they graze mine”, and “let’s not get busted”. And “Hands down this is the best day I can ever remember”. Another great song is “Bend and Not Break”, with softly sung lyrics like “Just hold me close to you”. The lyrics are immature and cheesy, but that’s what young love is, isn’t it?

Not long after we found ourselves ‘in love’ in our early teens we found what it was like to get hurt and have our hearts get ‘broken’. There’s no one better than Dashboard at making songs about breaking up and heartache! “Carve Your Heart” features a quiet organ with quiet riffs that gives the song a downcast feeling as Carrabba sings “Man it takes a silly girl to lie about the dreams she has, Lord it takes a lonely one to wish that she had never dreamt at all”. The song that most people are familiar with on A Mark, A Mission,… is “Ghost of a Good Thing”, which is dominated by Carrabba’s beautiful falsetto. This song is so heartfelt, I don’t really know how to explain it. The harmonies and soft guitars make the song very catchy as well, I find myself trying to sing along every time I hear it.

Dashboard shows the angrier side of our youth as well, with songs like “Rapid Hope Loss”, which has a cheeky, arrogant, and mean feeling. The riffs are innocent and catchy, but Carrabba sings and sometimes yells lyrics like “Cause now that I can see you, I don’t think you’re worth a second glance” and “So much for all the promises you made, they served you well”. Other great songs on this album are “So Beautiful” and “Hey Girl”, both of which perfectly embody the passion and naivety of youth.

After hearing this album I always feel a little younger and I am reminded of a simpler time, when the only things I had to worry about were girls and hoping my parents won’t find out that I snuck out the night before. Now I have college and a job and am always out of money and really have little time for chasing after girls. Yes those years were ridiculous, and I’m not saying I’d rather be 14 again, but it’s nice to remember, huh?



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Comments:Add a Comment 
iarescientists
December 12th 2006



5863 Comments


Nice review.

All I have off this is "Hands Down" and that's pretty good, but I don't know if I really want to get the rest. :-/

grungeguy88
December 12th 2006



788 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thats ok man.

Concubine
December 12th 2006



333 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

his acoustic stuff was so much better

Ruthlessgrunge
December 13th 2006



460 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review man. Your so right, it brings you back. Thats a good thing. Sometimes cheese is the right thing tho. Some songs may sound corney, but it works sometimes. Good review.

stratroker09
December 14th 2006



22 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

it was a good album, but swiss army romance was way better, just a step down


BlindGuy1012
December 18th 2006



252 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

In your review you sound like a school boy B****

The Sludge
December 18th 2006



2169 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

In your review you sound like a school boy Bitch
That's not very nice. Now appologize to the reviewer for the naughty matter you have used. Then you can appologize to the class.

Pretty good review though.

grungeguy88
December 19th 2006



788 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

heh blindguy. Je'n Qui mother f*****

MrKite
December 19th 2006



5020 Comments


Ooh, them's fightin' words.

BlindGuy1012
January 2nd 2007



252 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Well I gave it a listen and I just can't get into it Dashboard is just not for me I guess.

Two-Headed Boy
January 2nd 2007



4527 Comments


So what are we talking about here. Politics? Science?

In your review you sound like a school boy B****

That's not very nice. Now appologize to the reviewer for the naughty matter you have used. Then you can appologize to the class.

heh blindguy. Je'n Qui mother f*****

Mmmkay.

grungeguy88
January 2nd 2007



788 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

haha dont worry about it. We're old buddies! He was my roommate in college. We were tight man! We would confide to each other. When I broke up with my girlfriend, I confided in Blindguy, and when he came out of the closet, he confided in me. He then attempted to confide into my butthole, and that didnt go over well with me, so I put an end to that, but yeah.

BlindGuy1012
January 2nd 2007



252 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Haha your hilarious. You know you wanted it.

Holley
April 13th 2007



9 Comments


OMg i just fell in love with this band!! lol my favorite song is hands down i definatly listen to this song like 20 times a day!!

hoipolloi
April 4th 2010



152 Comments


hands down is an awesome song

mechatanner
September 28th 2010



269 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

first two songs on the album are pretty ok (Hands Down & Rapid Hope Loss) but the appeal soon fades.
decent review, even though you obviously have a huge lesbian crush on this band.

FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
March 7th 2011



9033 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

3.5 just for Hands Down because, quite frankly, it's the entire album for me

toxin.
June 3rd 2011



12019 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

^ LOL that's literally my opinion.
Yeah the rest is pretty okay, but yeah Hands Down is probably one of my favorite songs ever and nothing the band has created really compares.

FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
January 4th 2012



9033 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It seems that my opinion hasn't changed much in the intervening 10 months, except that I now adore Ghost of a Good Thing.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
April 13th 2012



20855 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The methodically paced one-man acoustic show of Dashboard Confessional's past, rarely appears on the quartet's Gil Norton produced 3rd LP 'A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar'. Bordering on mainstream pop-rock, the fuller instrumentation previously hinted at is completely integrated here, while Chris Carrabba broadens his once predictable lyrical themes. His attempt at intensifying the melodic hooks is hit & miss however, an aim not helped by this front-loaded album's overlong 51 minute duration. So ultimately, this is a transitionary release which shows some potential for growth. Recommended Tracks: Hands Down, Bend and Not Break & If You Can't Leave It Be...



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