A Mark, a Mission, a Brand, a Scar

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A Mark, a Mission, a Brand, a Scar
Studio album by Dashboard Confessional
Released July 15, 2003 (U.S.)
August 19, 2003 (U.S. CD/DVD)
February 26, 2004 (Japan)
Recorded 2003
Genre Emo, alternative rock
Length 51:15
Label Vagrant
Producer Gil Norton
Dashboard Confessional chronology
MTV Unplugged 2.0
(2002)
A Mark, a Mission, a Brand, a Scar
(2003)
Dusk and Summer
(2006)
Singles from A Mark, a Mission, a Brand, a Scar
  1. "Hands Down"
    Released: August 12, 2003
  2. "Rapid Hope Loss"
    Released: May 4, 2004
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (77/100)[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Blender 3.5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly B+[3]
PopMatters 9/10 stars[1][4]
Robert Christgau (1-star Honorable Mention)[5]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[6]
Slant Magazine 3/5 stars[7]
Spin (7/10)[8]
Uncut 1/5 stars[1][9]
Yahoo! Music UK 8/10 stars[10]

A Mark, a Mission, a Brand, a Scar is the third studio album recorded by the band Dashboard Confessional. The album was released on August 19, 2003 and has been certified gold by RIAA, meaning it has shipped over 500,000 copies in the United States.

"As Lovers Go" was featured on the Shrek 2: Motion Picture Soundtrack.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Hands Down" – 3:06
  2. "Rapid Hope Loss" – 3:40
  3. "As Lovers Go" – 3:31
  4. "Carry This Picture" – 2:54
  5. "Bend and Not Break" – 5:06
  6. "Ghost of a Good Thing" – 3:44
  7. "Am I Missing" – 4:05
  8. "Morning Calls" – 4:19
  9. "Carve Your Heart Out Yourself" – 3:44
  10. "So Beautiful" – 3:28
  11. "Hey Girl" – 3:33
  12. "If You Can't Leave It Be, Might as Well Make It Bleed" – 3:37
  13. "Several Ways to Die Trying" – 6:08
  14. "This Old Wound" [*] – 4:02
  15. "The End of an Anchor" [*] – 5:26
  16. "Nightswimming" (R.E.M. Cover) [*]

*Bonus tracks found on non-US editions

Reception[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

A Mark, a Mission, a Brand, a Scar debuted at number 2 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 122,000 copies in its first week.[11]

Chart Peak
position
US Billboard 200[12] 2
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[13] 1

Further utilization[edit]

The song "Hands Down" was featured on the first episode of first season of television series One Tree Hill.

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