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Dashboard Confessional - A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar

Emocore—or emotional hardcore—is currently a big deal. It invariably entails girlfriend-free teens in skinny T-shirts bawling about their luckless love lives over a sub-Fugazi punkish racket. In songwriter Christopher Carraba's case, he's dispensed with the grittier elements and plumped for a straightforward US college rock backing, with dismal results. "Ghost Of A Good Thing" and "Carve Your Heart Out Yourself" come across not as works of tortured genius but as the mitherings of someone who could do with getting laid. He's also 27, so he should probably know better.

Rating: 1 / 10


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