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Dashboard Confessional - A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar (Cover Artwork)

Dashboard Confessional

Dashboard Confessional: A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A ScarA Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar (2003)
Vagrant Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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Contributed by: maverickScott
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It's a great mainstream rock album. Oh, you want to know more? Well, there's not much else to say. Any remainder of the Dashboard Confessional thousands of kids fell in love with - one man, one guitar, one heart pouring out - is pretty much three sheets to the wind by this point. The full band.
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It's a great mainstream rock album.

Oh, you want to know more? Well, there's not much else to say. Any remainder of the Dashboard Confessional thousands of kids fell in love with - one man, one guitar, one heart pouring out - is pretty much three sheets to the wind by this point. The full band has become what Dashboard Confessional is now, with the solo acoustic tracks becoming more of an afterthought than anything else [as shown by the producton credits].

"The Ghost Of A Good Thing" is tied for the album's worst track [sharing the honors with the cringeworthy "Hey Girl" and the way-too-forced "If You Can't Leave It Be, Might As Well Make It Bleed"] simply because of the terrible vocals in the chorus. The song itself isn't too bad, but Carrabba's multi-layered and terribly falsetto "getting away, away, away, awaaaaay" towards the end of the song is like nails on a chalkboard.

"Hands Down" is by far the album's standout track, being transfigured into a full band number that really rips through it's three minutes like no tomorrow. It's a fun song, and is sure to really break this album wide open in terms of radio and video play [as a side note: I'm predicting this album will sell over 100,000 copies in it's first week of release].

Carrabba's lyrics - while not on pace to win the Mercury Prize any time soon - haven't decreased in potency at all, and what he lost in musical intimacy with the new band he gained in lyrical introspection on a majority of the songs. His voice sounds more solid in general [with the exception of the aforementioned "Ghost"].

The band really tears into "Morning Calls" with a ferocity the group has never seen before, and 6-minute closer "Several Ways To Die Trying" is a sort of sequel to "Ender Will Save Us All," as Chris bellows "I'm dying to live" to close the album.

The pop aspect is stronger than ever, too, in tracks like "Rapid Hope Loss" and the bouncy "As Lovers Go." Both are definite plusses in the band's catalog.

There's virtually no trace of what people seem to call "emo" these days on this disc, but as I said before, this is a great mainstream rock album, and that seems to be what it's going to be. What to expect in the future? Well, to paraphrase from a live review I wrote of Dashboard's last show in Chicago back in October, the music is better but the fans are going to get worse.

Regardless, I'm not ashamed to have this record in my collection. I might never go see him live again, but I'll still sing along in the comfort of my own home. Odds are, most of you will too.

Worth owning.

MP3s
The Ghost Of A Good Thing
Hands Down
Bend And Not Break

 

 
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drbino (December 9, 2008)

Thanks for ruining music for everyone dashboard. You suck.

Laur (December 19, 2006)

ahhh dashboard. some people just can appreciate well writtten material. (its cause they can do better right? ha. wanna argue? lets go cunts.) for shame.

Bastardzach (August 13, 2005)

Fuck Dashboard Confessional. They whine, and they cry, and above all, they suck. They probaly suck eachother, but I don't want to know. To Anyone who likes this record, there is no hope...... you're either a faggot or a pre-pubescent girl.

KathleenNicole (June 30, 2004)

I really enjoy this CD. I love to listen to it if I'm in the car and not driving. It's so relaxing and it just seems so personified. The comment ahead of mine really struck a good chord with me. Especially when he/she said " I'm just not into this whole "emo" thing I guess." Because he/she wasn't bashing emo or anything like that just simply stating. I believe more people should do that and then actually research EXACTLY what emo is before bashing it.

UnunitedSA (October 29, 2003)

What is up with this guy? This whole emo thing. I saw him way back in like 98 when he was on tour with No Motiv (which is a fantastic band) but he just sat in a chair and played songs. All of them where in the same key and the same tune. All about the same thing. No one knew who he was, and everyone just stared at him, it was kind of funny. Its good mainstream? Mainstream labels can make anything sound "good". I'm just not into this whole "emo" thing I guess.

Anonymous (August 23, 2003)

Hey Scott, I mean ummm, retard!!! DC is promoted by Interscope Records, of course they'd sell more than 100,000 copies in the first week. Now go back to work getting your second hand news from Rolling Stone.

maverick (August 20, 2003)

Update:
Billboard.com says this CD sold 122,000 copies in it's first week of release.

I'm the fucking best.

-Scott

Anonymous (August 19, 2003)

Dashboard is dreammmyyy....

this-city-burns (August 19, 2003)

I think by chris being in a "band" sort of defeats the purpose of doing something by yourself. granted multiple cds of acoustic songs would get old fast but that's why we don't have bands dedicated to doing this. it's a side project that band members choose to do later in their careers (e.g. matthew pryor). basically, dashboard confessional is making a mockery of good music.

this-city-burns (August 19, 2003)

dear lord that was completely shameless. thank goodness we know that man has no dignity.

righteous.

Imposs1ble (August 19, 2003)

Random band plugging time:

buy slowreader because they still kick ass. Also, purchase somerset's ep on interpunk. Did you get a haircut? Because it looks nice!

Anonymous (August 19, 2003)

The newest DBC outing takes musical influences from the early thrashing Discharge, and the lyrical intensity of the Germs' Darby Crash, with a little bit of skin and oi! thrown into the mix. Live, nobody can match Chris. He is the new Stiv Bators. This is a must have for fans of REAL punk.

Anonymous (August 19, 2003)

i'm bi and i'd rather not have dashboard confessional associated with liking guys. christ, just use the term eunuch.

Anonymous (August 18, 2003)

i repeat. you are gay if you listen to this salad tosser.

Anonymous (August 17, 2003)

I heard this guy was a rightwing gun nut. Is that true? All the more reason to hate him, I guess.

-BSD

Anonymous (August 17, 2003)

i never got a REAL memo. i think you're lying.

Anonymous (August 17, 2003)

i think shattered realm is the only band i can think of that is worse then this....and taproot. but thats it.

-!GV!

Anonymous (August 17, 2003)

"i thought dc was still on vagrant.. it says that on the cd..."

Rancid is now on Warner, they'll be releasing their album on Hellcat Records, but most of the $$$ will go to Warner including tours and merch.

FortyMinutesWest (August 17, 2003)

There was a memo? Why didn't I get a memo?

Anonymous (August 17, 2003)

did you people miss the memo about interscope buying out 60% of Vagrant for the sole purpose of having a piece of dashboard. carrabba wouldnt leave vagrant because his damn manager OWNS vagrant.

Anonymous (August 17, 2003)

i thought dc was still on vagrant.. it says that on the cd...

Anonymous (August 17, 2003)

ugh. . here we go again. ..

Anonymous (August 16, 2003)

great album listen to it, because you may like it more then the other cds or less.

Anonymous (August 16, 2003)

Vagrant? DC is on Interscope Records now. Scott, why do you always post old news?

slippy (August 16, 2003)

"in the tradition of continually reviewing the gayest non-punk bands, this review pisses me off."

gayest? c'mon now...

FortyMinutesWest (August 16, 2003)

"forty, you listen to black eyes? 'cause west PA and east OH got screwed with that q and not u/black eyes tour."

Yeah, that pisses me off. It's made even worse by the fact that I had to work the last time Q and not U came around.

rightcliqificus (August 16, 2003)

in the tradition of continually reviewing the gayest non-punk bands, this review pisses me off.

Anonymous (August 16, 2003)

forty, you listen to black eyes? 'cause west PA and east OH got screwed with that q and not u/black eyes tour.

FortyMinutesWest (August 15, 2003)

Sure there is worse music, like Shattered Realm, but DC is still pretty awful. And for the record, I hated him when it was still cool to namedrop him. The people who used to like Dashboard but are now changing their opinions because this music is popular are pathetic, but I think you're aiming at the wrong person here. Oh, and I wasn't actually trying make an argument, I was just kidding around.

dignin (August 15, 2003)

making those cliched arguments makes you look like you dont have an opinion, your just following the punk rock trend of hating and making fun of DC. Trust there is a lot worse music out there than this.

FortyMinutesWest (August 15, 2003)

Eh, maybe I come off as an asshole at times, I don't really care. I'll have my opinion you can have yours.

dignin (August 15, 2003)

theres a difference between critical and being an asshole. At least you could make it funny like most of your comments. But yeah I saw the dplan in slc, mostly requests, pretty much every song off emergeny and i was played.

FortyMinutesWest (August 15, 2003)

I'm jealous, or maybe, just maybe, I'm being critical of an artist who makes music that I absolutely hate. I'm sure you've done the same.

As for the D-Plan: yeah, I saw them in Pittsburgh last month. Good show, they took requests the whole time.

dignin (August 15, 2003)

well your being highly critical and malice towards someone who has never done anything to you, do I sense jeolousy, because your behavior is common for jealous people. And I dont like dc, its alright though. You mentioned the d-plan, did you happen to see a show on the final tour? Somebody should write a review.

FortyMinutesWest (August 15, 2003)

He's free to do whatever he wants, and as a professional musician, he submits his work for criticism or enjoyment. I have every right to make fun of him just as you have every right to like him.

dignin (August 15, 2003)

"fun obnoxious douchebags who have nothing better to do than whine makes me a fascist, then I'm a fascist."

The guys doing what he loves, what do you do for a living?

Anonymous (August 15, 2003)

change is a sign of maturity... get your heads out of your asses and accept that this album is decent for what it is trying to be. Fact is, most of these "emo crybabies"(as a few of you so eloquently put it) are true music fans, who appreciate thoughtful lyrics (which i do admit can be found more in DC's older releases than this one) and well written music. Also, there is such a wide range of music crammed into the genre "Emo" that one should wonder what truly is emo, other than something for the naysayers to complain about. Its a tad ironic that the only "whiners" in this chatroom are the ones who HATE emo... (so why are they here , anyway??)

"good music completely obliterates all concepts of a genre"

FortyMinutesWest (August 15, 2003)

"Not all fascists kill Jews, but the hate had to start somewhere. Next your probably blame them for the problems of world while you listen to your "hardass" music"

Oh please. Yes, I listen to hardcore. I also listen to Bad Religion, Q and not U, The Dismemberment Plan, The Black Sea, and The Intima. I listen to a lot of different music, if making fun obnoxious douchebags who have nothing better to do than whine makes me a fascist, then I'm a fascist.

Anonymous (August 15, 2003)

Actually, putting these words together is known as a slant rhyme, approximate rhyme, or off rhyme. If you are going to wax intellectual about songwriting or rhyme schemes get your shit in one sock first, rutti tutti fresh and frutti peeter puffer.

Anonymous (August 15, 2003)

and i totally didnt mean to give this damned album a 10.

Anonymous (August 15, 2003)

"over"
and
"coma"
clearly do not rhyme.
but somehow... carraba makes it happen.
a lyrical genius, i tell you.

right.

Anonymous (August 15, 2003)

I just got this album today and although I think it is much different from his older stuff it is still great none the less. People use the word "sellout" whenever an artist changes style and sometimes I think it is justified but not in this case. I agree with the comment that the older fans are just upset that he is mainstream now. I think this cd is great if you like DC and if you don't, buy something else.

GreenVandal (August 15, 2003)

Worst lyrics ever. Seriously. He doesnt try any new angles on the subject or anything. And no one could fall in and out of love this many times. Unless hes a manwhore. Then that kinda counteracts his whole "gee-golly-gosh, im sucha sweet boy" appearance. And his ski-slope still sucks. I dont consider myself to listen to "hardass" music, but I do consider myself to listen to good music. And this isnt it. Its not that I hate emo kids...its that I hate people who play into the emo stereotype just so everyone knows what they are. Its like a little army. A little crying army that really wants you to see its tears. Fuck that. Fuck this. Go buy a cursive album instead. He at least knows how to write.

dignin (August 15, 2003)

"Right, because an insulting comment on a website is tantamount to the mass extermination of jews. You are an idiot."

Not all fascists kill Jews, but the hate had to start somewhere. Next your probably blame them for the problems of world while you listen to your "hardass" music

FortyMinutesWest (August 15, 2003)

"Awesome, cliches and sweeping generalities, just like the nazis. "

Right, because an insulting comment on a website is tantamount to the mass extermination of jews. You are an idiot.

dignin (August 15, 2003)

"Most of them sing songs about imaginary girls or some girl who accidentally brushed up against them at a show"

Awesome, cliches and sweeping generalities, just like the nazis.

Anonymous (August 15, 2003)

the cd title sounds like the title to a bright eyes song, only cheesier

FortyMinutesWest (August 15, 2003)

Most of them sing songs about imaginary girls or some girl who accidentally brushed up against them at a show

Anonymous (August 15, 2003)

Shit guys, i hate my fair share of emo music. The occasional band or artist pulls it off well. But to all the guys that hate emo kids, are you just jealous cause they have girlfriends that make them capable of getting their heart broken, while you are you stuck with your mom's bottle of lotion and her victoria secret catalog?

Anonymous (August 14, 2003)

Carrabba doesn't deserve to make a living off his ClearChannel-Friendly music, he should be working as a go-go dancer back in the Old-Man-Stink State (Florida).

And a big FUCK YOU goes out to all those people who went out to buy this album. Congratulations, you've just supported the RIAA and ClearChannel, you know everyone fucking hate you now!

dignin (August 14, 2003)

"FUCKING SELLOUTS

not that i ever cared about dashboard, theyve always sucked

CHEER UP EMO KID"

He could of sold out a lot more than this, hell yeah and your SOOOO cool for not liking him!!!!

xhikex (August 14, 2003)

I would just like share a funny story from Krazyfest two years ago. I dumped water on Chris Carraba's head as he was buying a pretzel (I'm sorry to offend the fat emo kids who may be upset on two fronts). He wanted to start a fight with me but his security guard stopped it from happening. I do believe he is 5' 2", which explains the height extender haircut.

Anonymous (August 14, 2003)

FUCKING SELLOUTS

not that i ever cared about dashboard, theyve always sucked

CHEER UP EMO KID

Anonymous (August 14, 2003)

I like dildos!!! fun fun fun -oldpunker-

Anonymous (August 14, 2003)

Someone said further down that New Found Glory, Dashboard Confessional and Simple Plan are touring together. Did I read that right?

Ugh... ugh... ugh. If that's actually going to happen, they should consolidate it with the Good Charlotte/MxPx/Brand New tour ... call it the "Whole Lot of Awful Tour 2003" ...

and then all we'd need is a good-sized truck bomb...

GreenVandal (August 14, 2003)

Hahahaha, this is wonderful! Now we need to have a Sealb like showdown where the bizzaro ones are defeated.

-!GV!

Anonymous (August 14, 2003)

i disagree with the review.. although the cd is real good. this cd is more rock, but its still emo. at first i didnt really like the new rock feel behind the vocals, but i do now. not as amazing as old dashboard, but still very good for its new style...

InaGreendase (August 14, 2003)

"i was in downtown NY getting ready to enjoy the Lawrence Arms show. "

it's funny you say that because i misinterpreted it for a second since they're playing at the downtown in new york state in november..yeah two months early but should be a cool show anyway

Anonymous (August 14, 2003)

Hahahahahahahahahah-oldpunker-, whoever is trying to be me........ Brilliant job......

Anonymous (August 14, 2003)

hopefully people are gonna run outta fuckin things to cry about soon...

Anonymous (August 14, 2003)

heh eh

Anonymous (August 14, 2003)

"I agree. It's really not bad. The singing is definetely great. A must have cd.

Ramo"

Wow i said this??? weird cuz at the time this post was made i was in downtown NY getting ready to enjoy the Lawrence Arms show. i hope it is an evil twin.....

Ramo
(i need someone to mooch off of)

dignin (August 14, 2003)

NFG, DC, and simple plan coming to a city near you this fall. And I just shit my pants with JOY!!!

wussemorock

Anonymous (August 14, 2003)

I've done some dildo ramming in my days...

-sickboi
(no, im not kidding)

Anonymous (August 14, 2003)

you know who else rams himself in the ass with a lot of dildos at once? this guy:
"to the person who replied "shut up" real fucking clever pal. you'd better take a nap for all the thinking you've done today."
no lubricant at all........

Anonymous (August 14, 2003)

That last guy rams himself with dildos alot.

Anonymous (August 13, 2003)

hahhahahah that made me laugh too the comment but your not wuss emo....where is the trademark ***'s ?!??!?!?! haha

This CD is good...I would still like it even if wuss did

Anonymous (August 13, 2003)

this cd is the shit, "hands down" the best of the year

wussemorock

InaGreendase (August 13, 2003)

does anyone know what time it is?

thats right, it's logging in time!

Anonymous (August 13, 2003)

This thread turned extremely hilarious...BizarroPunknews.org is right

Anonymous (August 13, 2003)

this band is no good.

Anonymous (August 13, 2003)

to the person who replied "shut up" real fucking clever pal. you'd better take a nap for all the thinking you've done today.

Anonymous (August 13, 2003)

Whoah, I'm arguing with Evil-sickboi.......crazyness.

-sickboi
(one more for the good guys)

Anonymous (August 13, 2003)

Do you bitches know what an opinion is? I like this cd. Big deal.

-sickboi

Anonymous (August 13, 2003)

This guy is really good at imitating us, he even gets OLDPUNKER'S stuff right.

For the records, I do not enjoy this man, band or whatever the hell they are this week.

-sickboi
(the rizzle, fo shizzle)

FortyMinutesWest (August 13, 2003)

BizarroPunknews.org

InaGreendase (August 13, 2003)

oh fuck; am i missing out on National Sarcasm Day?

Anonymous (August 13, 2003)

What? Just because I like something that you don't, then you assume someone is immitating me?

-sickboi

InaGreendase (August 13, 2003)

is someone imitating the punknews regulars? or has parallel universes finally collided??

Anonymous (August 13, 2003)

I agree. It's really not bad. The singing is definetely great. A must have cd.

Ramo

FortyMinutesWest (August 13, 2003)

Where are the horns!?

Anonymous (August 13, 2003)

Fantastic cd. Though its drastic that you are all putting it down -oldpunker-

Anonymous (August 13, 2003)

Wow, I didn't even realized I liked this album. I'm glad I left myself a note reminding myself.

-sickboi
(getting a weird Bill and Ted vibe here)

Anonymous (August 13, 2003)

Hey now. Everyone needs to stop bashing on these guys. I think the cd is cool.

Just listen to it again. It really is a good cd.

-sickboi

Anonymous (August 13, 2003)

last time i checked, i had testicles. if you listen to this fruit, then you ain't got none. simple huh?

Anonymous (August 13, 2003)

I really don't mind this cd. I listened to it last night, and i really really like the singing. It's truely lovely. If you don't like this cd, there's definetely something wrong with you. -oldpunker-

bivouac79 (August 13, 2003)

Didn't a little band called Bright Eyes do the, A thing, A doohicky, A blah, and A blah, already on their "Fevers and Mirrors" CD like years ago. Hmm its unfortunate Conor won't sell as many CD's.

Anonymous (August 13, 2003)

"it just seems to me that if he hadn't broke big, everyone whining and saying how much they hate him would be praising this album. the bottom line is its a good album. what people don't seem to get is they think he's changed sooo much and now he's commercial, sold out,etc. i'm sorry but put swiss army romance next to the goo goo dolls and there isn't much of a difference. i'm not slamming him, he makes great albums...my point is no one wants to listen to him because of all the people who listen to the radio and think they found some rad new band when we've had him to ourselves all this time. that fucking sucks for him, hes doing what he wants and making music that he wants. if you don't like the album thats fine, just give the guy some credit i don't think 2 years ago he had a master plan that would put him where he is now. "

shut up.

FortyMinutesWest (August 13, 2003)

Randy Savage's rap CD will be much better than this. "It's a Macho Thang!"

Anonymous (August 13, 2003)

People who don't like this music, aren't disliking it because of his popularity but because it is for fucking pussies who want to cry along with a cd...

Anonymous (August 13, 2003)

it just seems to me that if he hadn't broke big, everyone whining and saying how much they hate him would be praising this album. the bottom line is its a good album. what people don't seem to get is they think he's changed sooo much and now he's commercial, sold out,etc. i'm sorry but put swiss army romance next to the goo goo dolls and there isn't much of a difference. i'm not slamming him, he makes great albums...my point is no one wants to listen to him because of all the people who listen to the radio and think they found some rad new band when we've had him to ourselves all this time. that fucking sucks for him, hes doing what he wants and making music that he wants. if you don't like the album thats fine, just give the guy some credit i don't think 2 years ago he had a master plan that would put him where he is now.

gutterhippo (August 13, 2003)

does anyone find it odd that he didn't put "tonight i'll take what i can get" on the cd? they posted it as one of the new songs and they played it live. i wonder if someone told him it was too country or something

Anonymous (August 13, 2003)

i feel bad for the honky tonk man. recently the times i see him on the TV is in gimmick matches. i remember seeing one time him pull up to ringside with pink convertible and some females that had the 60s look.

Ramo

captaincrunch (August 13, 2003)

Dude, the Honky Tonk Man was better at the guitar bashing. Double J can't even step to him.

On the surface, this album has some merit, but after you listen to it a few times you realize its just the same old whiny crap. I find it hard to believe this guy's been shit on by girls that much.

Anonymous (August 13, 2003)

man forty is killing me with his reference to double J jeff jarrett. avail is going to hit my town too in sept. too bad it's not with paint it black. but hey darkest hour is better than nothing.

Ramo

Anonymous (August 13, 2003)

No sickboi, i had to work, but avail will be there in september as well as paint it black, striking distance and there is a few others that i will be checking out-oldpunker-

Anonymous (August 13, 2003)

BSD, you are a fucking coward, you hide behind your fucking computer and make fun of bands and people with no evidence to back you up, and everything you say is pointless and doesnt make any sense at all. Get a new fucking life or eat shit and die

Anonymous (August 13, 2003)

OLDPUNKER-

Did you go to the HWM/Ann Beretta show at the Ottobar Sunday?

I wanted to go sooooo bad.

-sickboi
(work is the TRUE bitch)

Anonymous (August 13, 2003)

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaahhahahahahahahah thank you all i needed this today -oldpunker-

Daegan (August 13, 2003)

It's too bad they can't lock this, because you know there's going to be a grand total of 5 or 6 comments from things with a higher IQ than jellyfish.

dignin (August 13, 2003)

and oberst is ten times better than DC, they dont belong in the same sentence

Anonymous (August 13, 2003)

And you'd like it, slapnuts.

Anonymous (August 13, 2003)

TATECORE!!!

FortyMinutesWest (August 13, 2003)

10 bucks says Carabbababababa would try to hit you with his guitar, ala Jeff Jarrett

dignin (August 13, 2003)

"i promise you that you would get your ass anihilated....not that you would ever think about trying shit. but yes, he would beat the frat guy idiocy out of you"

Was that directed at me?

Anonymous (August 13, 2003)

i promise you that you would get your ass anihilated....not that you would ever think about trying shit. but yes, he would beat the frat guy idiocy out of you

Anonymous (August 13, 2003)

Well fucking fuck fuck fucker fucks, fucking looking at all that fucking swearing, what the fucker fucking fucks!!!

Anonymous (August 13, 2003)

i promise you that you would get your ass anihilated....not that you would ever think about trying shit. but yes, he would beat the frat guy idiocy out of you

dignin (August 13, 2003)

"FUCK THIS MOTHERFUCKER IN HIS DIPSHIT ASSHOLE

I can't believe any of you pussies would even ADMIT to either A) owning this piece of teeny bopper shit or B) even LISTENING to it.

One thing in my life is constant. If I ever happen to chance upon Mr. Sensitive anywhere, he's getting a fucking beatdown courtesy of me.

And I'm not fucking kidding. You all should have your balls re-attached."

Why? Because you dont like his music, and it sells a lot more than the band your in, or probably you dont have enough musical talent to be in a band

wannabepunktony (August 12, 2003)

I just bought, "The Places You Have Come To Fear The Most," a week ago, and then I gave this record a listen. And blah. I mean, I hate Dashboard Confessional just as much as the next person, but the asshole can write some good songs (but needs to keep his whiny vocals down a bit). This album so far has been very lackluster. Ya, "Hands Down," is a really good song and will get people buying up this CD like crazy and annoy us all on MTV. But the rest of the album fails to capture my attention. Its is pretty bland, straight forward and, for lack of another word, "mainstream." It feels uninspired, but that's just me.

When you think about getting this, put it back. The fourteen year old girl behind you will thank you. The heart is still there, it just doesn't beat as loud as the last album.

thriceequalsgod (August 12, 2003)

oh and BSD, as im reading the comments, i read your comment saying something about dashboard sucking. "holy shit, we agree on something" i say to myself, only to find out seconds later that you would be making some dumbass comment, and trying to make fun of some kid, based on no evidence at all. you're a waste.

thriceequalsgod (August 12, 2003)

"I'm slowly losing hope in the punknews.org community when they praise this album...you guys might as well go ahead and change the name to AbsoultePunknews.org"

OH NO YOU FUCKIN DIDN'T!!!

Anonymous (August 12, 2003)

Yeah, I'm really getting sick of all these people who say "don't you have something better to do than bash a band?" Fuck you...don't you have something better to do than praise a band? It's the same thing and it's called an opinion. Get over it.

FortyMinutesWest (August 12, 2003)

Oh shut up, if everyone just talked about the bands they liked and acted all nice this site would be boring. As shocking as it may seem, people have opions! Sometimes they differ from yours! If you're going to debate or even fling insults back, fine. But don't pull this "if you have nothing nice to say.." bullshit.

Anonymous (August 12, 2003)

Let's bitch about this band and all the fans because that's fucking cool to do.

Get a life and stop complaining about people that make music you don't like.

Anonymous (August 12, 2003)

You love kids like yourself? How surprising. FYI: You are a jackass.

-BSD

501 (August 12, 2003)

I liked dashboard back when they WERE HARDCORE... i love kids like that. Dashboard is sorta like that Livewire Mountain Dew commercial... you just have to listen even if its not wanted.

Anonymous (August 12, 2003)

Hahaha. This guy sucks. He really can't play worth a shit, and his lyrics are nothing. I don't mind either of that as long as a band is fun and energetic live... But, this guy sucks in that field, also. This is acoustic rock for kids who don't know what they're talking about.

-BSD

elvaquero (August 12, 2003)

nu metal is cool

Anonymous (August 12, 2003)

FUCK THIS MOTHERFUCKER IN HIS DIPSHIT ASSHOLE

I can't believe any of you pussies would even ADMIT to either A) owning this piece of teeny bopper shit or B) even LISTENING to it.

One thing in my life is constant. If I ever happen to chance upon Mr. Sensitive anywhere, he's getting a fucking beatdown courtesy of me.

And I'm not fucking kidding. You all should have your balls re-attached.

FortyMinutesWest (August 12, 2003)

I don't know, I wrote a killer song about pandas when I was about 8. Lets see them top that!

Anonymous (August 12, 2003)

that's funny, cause oberst and carrabba could shit a song out better than you if you spent a lifetime on one. Go listen to your nu metal and shut the fuck up.

GreenVandal (August 12, 2003)

Hahahaha. I dont know which band I like less...Tim Kasher should just kill them both. They are hogging his "sad song for sappy kids" market, and thats a problem, because the songs he writes kik ass. And the songs those 2 jackoffs write dont.

"Keep churning out those hits...til its all the same old shit!"

Anonymous (August 12, 2003)

Haha

FortyMinutesWest (August 12, 2003)

As long as it's a fight to the death and the winner is awarded with death.

Anonymous (August 12, 2003)

How much would anyone pay to see Conor Oberst and Chris Carrabba try to beat the shit out of each other?

TahoeJeff (August 12, 2003)

yeah..the cover looks too much like an old Alkaline Trio album...I should never have to associate Douchbag Confessional w/ Alkaline trio....ugghh

gutterhippo (August 12, 2003)

i'm listening to the album for the first time right now, and i have to say that it's not bad at all. it's certainly a new direction, but it's a good cd with well-written songs. about "ghost of a good thing", i really like that song. it reminds me of the songs off of swiss army. oh, and i prefer the acoustic version of hands down, but maybe i'll grow to like it. this album seems to just have a natural good quality to it. as the review says, it's not punk, and it's kind of a movement away from emo, but it's good.

about all the DC fan bashing: people need to realize that everyone is entitled to their opinion. you're no better than any DC fan. and trying to assert yourself by calling DC fans "fags" and "homos" just shows us how ignorant you are.

Anonymous (August 12, 2003)

The cover "art" is god awful.

Anonymous (August 12, 2003)

Shitty shitty olsenfree!!!

Anonymous (August 12, 2003)

the posters of chris' mug that are up all over the mission district are ensuring that i never listen to another song from this 'hearthtrob' again without guns or knives involved

-el vaquero
the posters also make me want to watch saved by the bell for some reason

Anonymous (August 12, 2003)

Ohhhhhhh, so this is Gaygaygay Faghomo's new cd...

Gotcha.

Anonymous (August 12, 2003)

I'm slowly losing hope in the punknews.org community when they praise this album...you guys might as well go ahead and change the name to AbsoultePunknews.org

Anonymous (August 12, 2003)

DBC are not that bad of a band. if you don't like it, then fine. find something better to do than shoot off about it. i'm not the biggest fan, but at least he is putting out records. people on this message board should try that for a change, instead of complaining about the records that other people put out.

Anonymous (August 12, 2003)

dashboard confagonal has a new cd???

annonymous (August 12, 2003)

I admit to loving the previous dashboard cd's (except summer's kiss) the second i heard them...... So i guiltlessly had high hopes for this one, but unfortunately they've lost what they had before

Anonymous (August 12, 2003)

this band sucks.

joeg (August 12, 2003)

another in the long line of punk classics. the stooges, the ramones "rocket to russia", the clash "london calling", black flag "wasted", bad religion, and now dashboard confessional with "a mark a mission a brand a scar." listening to this record makes me wanna slam into a skinhead and start floorpunching to no end.

Anonymous (August 12, 2003)

In case you guys didn't get the memo:

Using the words "gay" and "homo" as insults is stupid.

I have no opinion on this album; I haven't heard it.

cobra

Anonymous (August 12, 2003)

thumbs up for the sick of it all quote. man i been doing some looking around for a promo to that record.

Ramo

Anonymous (August 12, 2003)

a lot of haters, i always liked DBC, althought that so impossible EP was weak... - bigjerk

Anonymous (August 12, 2003)

To quote Sick Of It All:

I think DBC is "fakin' the punk".

-sickboi

(album of the year, bitches)

Anonymous (August 12, 2003)

instead of just saying th usual DC sucks, i would just point out the last thing you said. you're lucky that you're never attending a DC show, cuz I might do it in sept. for this chick i'm seeing. i think i'm going to break up with her and then make-up after the day of the show...

Ramo
(pretty cool idea)

Daegan (August 12, 2003)

"FSF was always better than DC."

No. FSF's song structure is impossible to get into. They feel horrifyingly distant, especially live, and their songs were like "well I want to do this, but he wanted to do that, so we toned down both parts and made the lyrics not really fit the song at all." Their new singer fits their thing a lot better, but they're about as good as every other band on Tooth and Nail (which is, not at all. Except maybe TJT, though I didn't hear that new cd they put out.)

Anonymous (August 12, 2003)

flaming homo band for flaming homo fans. what are the odds?

Anonymous (August 12, 2003)

he crys a lot

Anonymous (August 12, 2003)

http://www.outwar.com/page.php?x=1472062

This is better than 7/10

Anonymous (August 12, 2003)

Dashboard huffs dongs

Anonymous (August 12, 2003)

Pretty good album I suppose. I do, however, miss the solo acoustic songs missing on this album. And I thought Ghost of a Good Thing was one of the better tracks. Not that I listen to that much Dashboard as it is, but I'll certainly be spinning the older records more than this one. If youre already a fan or have the other albums, it's worth the buy.

-LobsterDr-

Anonymous (August 12, 2003)

"Something crazy!? Like eating at Arbys!?!"

mmmmm... Arby's

Analog_Boy (August 12, 2003)

... welistentobadmusictogetgirlsnews.org ?

Nah, I like punknews.org better. Meh.

Unconcerned (August 12, 2003)

If you are thinking that most of us are going to be singing along to dashboard in our homes then you are surely missing your demographic. Not wanting to start a punk/not punk conversation again, BUT this cd/man/band is a total waste of time. This stuff is popular because there are many closet homosexuals who want to do it to him and/or 12 year old girls that HAVE had him put it in them.

We should change the name of the site to welistentobadmusictogetgirlsnews.org

jheisel (August 12, 2003)

the album title and the song titles mentioned in this review are funny.

Anonymous (August 12, 2003)

if this record sells 100,000 copies all together, yet alone in the first week, i'll officially slice my throat. i think its sweet how this hoss has to use an old song as the first single on his new record because he knows it sucks that much wang...he is done for after this latest offering of poop.

GreenVandal (August 12, 2003)

Good review. Bad CD. And leta get one thing straight, his lyrics are terrible. TERRIBLE. Its not very hard to write shitty songs about the lame asss thoughts you have when you see a nice pair of tits. This guy needs to get his hormones under control to become a somewhat competent lyricist. And he needs to cut the fucking ski-slope off the front of his head too.

Anonymous (August 12, 2003)

Wow, atleast DBC are consistent. Consistent in realeasing horrible albums.

StratManX (August 12, 2003)

More tolerable now but still pretty bad.

Travis (August 12, 2003)

i dunno man... i think this is a pretty bad cd. and i liked his previous efforts.

Anonymous (August 12, 2003)

*kicks Daegan in the sack*

FSF was always better than DC.

-scotty

FortyMinutesWest (August 12, 2003)

More like accoustic grind.

Anonymous (August 12, 2003)

Dashboard was emo? fuck that. dashboard was folk music.

Anonymous (August 12, 2003)

Worth owning?! WTF Scott?! Are on Clear Channel Crack again?!

Daegan (August 12, 2003)

I've had this for a couple weeks now, and my (brief) thoughts are these:

It's like they forgot about the "Confessional" part of Dashboard Confessional.

Every song on this album feels far less personal. Listening to the new Hands Down vs. the old one really shows this well. All the songs lack that "sing-along" quality that EVERY OTHER DASHBOARD RELEASE HAS. It just never pulls you in.

...I don't think it's the band that killed it, I think Carabba was feeling the pressure to deliver and failed. This comes off more like "Further Seems Forever - Unplugged"...which is bad, in my case, because I can't stand FSF, and I've always felt DC was better.

Anonymous (August 12, 2003)

its dignin again, and I was just thinking we should get the new record for comments on this mofo

Anonymous (August 12, 2003)

comment below this is dignin

Anonymous (August 12, 2003)

And I cant get the mp3 to work, not that I was trying to or anything but I accidently clicked it thinking it was a black flag song or something of that nature...shit!!!!

Anonymous (August 12, 2003)

jacking off with sandpaper was the crazy I was going for.

FortyMinutesWest (August 12, 2003)

Something crazy!? Like eating at Arbys!?!

Anonymous (August 12, 2003)

if I see one more cassete on a cd cover Im going to do something crazy like!

hungryjoe (August 12, 2003)

I guess all he needs now is a glowing Dire Straits headband. His mom will be so proud.

Anonymous (August 12, 2003)

wow, that was a great review. i wish all CD reviews were this thorough

Anonymous (August 12, 2003)

i like the first song off of it, thats all i have heard so far. I tried to stream it but it messed up

Anonymous (August 12, 2003)

rereererererer

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