Sensitive punks are so hot right now. First, Dashboard Confessional bows at No. 2 on The Billboard 200 amid critical raves.

Sensitive punks are so hot right now. First, Dashboard Confessional bows at No. 2 on The Billboard 200 amid critical raves. Now, along comes the buzzed-about DreamWorks debut of Dashboard's former Vagrant Records stablemate, Saves the Day. Unlike Dashboard, life is not quite so dramatic for Saves the Day. The Princeton, N.J., foursome specializes in a more sugar-coated brand of adolescent agita. Think punk-pop minus the frat-boy machismo. Where other emo singers whine and scream, Christopher Conely, the band's baby-faced frontman, delivers the goods as if he is the lead in the school play. That kind of warbling earnestness can border on precociousness at times. But on much of "In Reverie," it strikes just the right melodic chord amid the buzzing Weezer-style guitars. This is particularly so on the infectious lead track and first single, "Anywhere With You."—BG

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