Dashboard Confessional leader Chris Carrabba had a well-defined vision for how he wanted the band's new album to sound. But, he acknowledges, "it took a long time to really fulfill it.

Dashboard Confessional leader Chris Carrabba had a well-defined vision for how he wanted the band's new album to sound. But, he acknowledges, "it took a long time to really fulfill it.

"What you hear is what I envisioned," he tells Billboard.com, "and I really went a long way around to get there."

No kidding. Carrabba started working on "Dusk and Summer," the follow-up to 2003's "A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar," in his Florida apartment, making a combination of demos and finished tracks. In the spring of March 2005 the band went to Jamaica for two months with producer Daniel Lanois.

When Lanois took the members of his band on tour to promote his own "Belladonna" album, Carrabba finished the set with Don Gilmore, who produced "Vindicated," Dashboard Confessional's contribution to the "Spider-Man 2" album.

"The process wasn't laborious, but it was long," says Carrabba, who estimates he wrote between 30-50 songs for the album and recorded 20, half of which made the final cut. "It was, 'I'm gonna keep at this until I find what I know is there.' And since I love doing it, although there were frustrating days, it was never a laborious process. It was just, like, honestly the best year ever.

"I can't get away with pulling that move again," he adds with a laugh, "although I wish I could do it every time."

"Dusk and Summer," which features a guest appearance by Counting Crows frontman Adam Duritz on the track "So Long, So Long," is due June 27 via Vagrant. Dashboard Confessional will perform at radio station festivals in California, Maryland and Michigan before starting to tour in earnest June 30 in Toronto.