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A Mark A Mission A Brand A Scar Limited Edition, Enhanced

3.9 out of 5 stars 306 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Aug. 12 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition, Enhanced
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • ASIN: B0000AKADQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 306 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #52,766 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Hands Down
2. Rapid Hope Loss
3. As Lovers Go
4. Carry This Picture
5. Bend and Not Break
6. Ghost of a Good Thing
7. Am I Missing
8. Morning Calls
9. Carve Your Heart Out Yourself
10. So Beautiful
11. Hey Girl
12. If You Can't Leave it Be, Might as Well Make it Bleed
13. Several Ways to Die Trying

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On Dashboard Confession's fourth album, Christopher Carraba welcomes listeners back into his emotionally claustrophobic world, where relationships are minefields, women are brittle and self-absorbed, and every cloud has a pewter lining. But all this is only fodder for his runaway id, as he deconstructs every encounter, giving us evidence of the pain and betrayal that lurks behind every corner. Finding a home somewhere between the positive punk of Green Day, circa "Time of Your Life," and the stream-of-consciousness poetry of the early Counting Crows, this collection is more musically coherent than Dashboard Confessional's earlier albums. 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. The anxious expectorated sputum of "Am I Missing," is an existential assault on your very sanity, with its fretful drumming and spectral chorus, but this album doesn't sound just that one apprehensive note; Carraba is equally at home with the sparse, acoustic ballad "Ghost of a Good Thing" and the folksy rocker "Carve Your Heart Out Yourself," which could have been lifted from a Buffalo Springfield album. By giving voice to the thoughts that go bump in the night, Carraba gives vulnerability and sincerity a good name again. --Jaan Uhelszki

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By Max on June 30 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is a very different but enjoyable record by dashboard. They have ditched the acoustic guitar and the drum and bassless songs for the most part, and it proves that Chris's songs, while they were never bad, are better with instrumental accompaniment. The only 2 songs that only have an acoustic guitar are similar to material from "the places you have come to..." The first one, "Ghost of a Good Thing" is slightly sub par with some clumsy and irritating vocal parts, while the other, "If You cant Leave it be..." is actually better than average with a sweet spot where he sings the title at the end of the chorus. Everyone has heard "Hands Down" and it your call whether u prefer the acoustic or electric version of the song. "Rapid Hope Loss" and "As Lovers Go" are love songs the former being about love gone bad and the latter about a good relationship. Both are excellent and very catchy. "Bend And Not Break" along with "Am I Missing" are definite highlights. Bend should really become a single even tho its almost 5 minutes. They are upbeat and energetic. "Am I Missing" starts of on an excellent note just brimming with energy but it features quiet parts where Chris is whispering over silence before it picks up again. The ballad "Morning Calls" is very average but its followed by 2 excellent songs. "Carve the Heart Out" has some great lyrics "So Beautiful" is a typical (but good) dashboard song but the ending lyrics are delivered very well. "Hey Girl" and "Carry This Picture" are the only songs I could do without.Read more ›
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My day began like most normal young adults in America on the morning of May 28th, 2004. I awoke to the screeching buzz of my alarm clock going off and stumbled into the shower in order to get ready for work. But I won't bore you with the repetitive and sometimes depressing nature of my uneventful mornings before my morning commute. What I would like to fill you all in on is a wonderful experience I was a part of on the sunny warm afternoon after I finished for the day.
I got out unusually early on this Friday afternoon and was destined to start the holiday weekend on a good note. As usual, my best friend Brian and I made it a point to meet for lunch, as we always do when the circumstances allow. After meeting up, we discussed our game plan as to where we would appease our pallates and gradually stretch our waistbands in a celebration of food consumption for the afternoon. We came to an agreement that we had become bored with many of the usual favorites we frequented, and while that's not a bad thing, we just decided it was the perfect day for a change of pace. This was the dawn of a new era for me, for I was about to partake in one of the most titilating dining experiences to date, and I wasn't even aware of it yet. I am of course talking about Checkers old fashioned hamburgers. I don't know how it was possible for me to live within a two minute driving distance of such an establishment and never have eaten there, but I guess its possible. I'll add that my esteemed associate and myself take great pride in one another's eating abilities and embrace each other's suggestions and recommendations, so when it came time for something new, I was ready to embark on this 1/2 mile journey with him to this eatery so commonly referred to as Checkers.
What else can I say but wow.
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This goes for all of Dashboard Confessionals studio work. I'm not quite understanding what is so appealing about this. I'm right in there with the rest of the "D/C" fans, crawling my way through high school. Everyone around me seems to find some kind of "escape" in this, or Chris "identifies" with me. What!?! This and all other Dashboard stuff is crap, it makes me sick. This is not deep music; what is so deep about high school relationships? How many songs about making out and "my heart was broken" do we need? This stuff is just for some broken down teen who needs to stand up get their life together. All this stuff is, is complaining. No wonder he has like 3 albums about relationships gone wrong, he such a complainer. I frankly, don't care if "it's emo and that's the syle of music it is." I'd rather go with Yes's Jon Anderon's far-out, spacey lyrics that I have no clue what he's talking about. How did he get a record deal in the first place?

And what's up with the music chops? Did this guy just look at a Major Chords poster and say "Hey, I can play the guitar!" Chris seriously needs to practice. Every song is full of strumming- strum strum strum. I might have some respect for this guy if he had some awesome, face-melting guitar solos that lasted like 5 minutes. That's what I'm talking about! Or at least get some better lyrics and some more complicated acoustic work like James Taylor. Anyway, this is just another example of how the Once I Respected Music Industry has crumbled. How come acts like D/C are so insanely popular, and the bands with REAL talent like Symphony X are virtually unknown? Please, someone tell me what is so great about this D/C crap?
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