To understand the world of adolescent melodrama that Dashboard Confessional taps into, look no further than the title of its latest full-length: "A Mark.

To understand the world of adolescent melodrama that Dashboard Confessional taps into, look no further than the title of its latest full-length: "A Mark. A Mission. A Brand. A Scar." For those who see the Shakespearean tragedy in such events as being dumped just before the start of fourth period English Lit class, this is their new soundtrack. But it is not just overwrought emo kids who are likely to see the appeal of frontman Chris Carrabba's heart-on-his-sleeve anthems. In the production hands of Gil Norton (Pixies, Foo Fighters), the Boca Raton, Fla., four-piece delivers a breakout effort that promises to make Dashboard a household name. As evidenced on tracks like "Hands Down," "Rapid Hope Loss" and "As Lovers Go," the band has developed a sound—lying somewhere between Weezer and early Third Eye Blind—that complements the punk passion and melancholic romanticism of Carrabba's lyrics.—BG

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