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Based on a True Story

The Starting LineAudio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)

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Formed in 1999 in Churchville, PA outside Philadelphia, The Starting Line, Ken Vasoli (vocals, bass), Matt Watts (guitar), Tom Gyskiewicz (drums), Mike Golla (guitar), Brian Schmutz (keyboards), have been revered for their invigorating blend of punk-pop, indie rock and emo earnestness which garnered the group accolades throughout their career.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 10, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Drive-Thru
  • ASIN: B0009AJK5M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,550 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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'Based On A True Story' brilliantly blends the fresh and the familiar: 'Bedroom Talk' and 'The World' summons visions of thousands of fists in the air, while 'Surprise, Surprise' displays The Starting Line's uncanny ability to be at once contemplative. Produced by Tim O'Heir (All American Rejects,Say Anything),Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance) and Eric Rachell (Atreyu). MCA. 2005.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Give it a little time December 10, 2005
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Yeah so this album isn't as instant as the older one but it really has a sound of a band who finally know what they wan't to sound like,before they could have just been tossed away into the pile of pop punk contempories but with this album i think they have shown a growth. Sure they havent exactly gone full circle and changed their sound but they have a lot more songs which require a little more thought that just catchness 'Photography' is the sort of song that would't go amiss on a Coldplay cd and 'Ready' has a dark broodyness to it that you would not associate with the Starting Line. But where they have mature songs thay also haven't lost their roots. 'Bedroom Talk' is a classic pop song as is 'The World'. Lyrically superior,musically superior and a very very underrated album.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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From seeing The Starting Line at Skate and Surf Festival about 5 years ago to watching them perform on their headlining "Screaming is for Babies Tour," I have seen this amazingly talented and young group of individuals rise to be one of the most genuine rock bands of the decade. "Based on a True Story," their latest effort, has proved yet again that The Starting Line has what it takes to make the body move. And that is all you will do once you pop in this masterpiece of a compact disc. As a true TSL fan, I must be honest and admit that there is not one song on this cd that is not great. This band puts their heart, soul, and balls into making good music and BOATS proves just that. IF you don't believe me, just listen to "surprise, surprise" or "artistic license," a song that showcases Kenny's untouchable vocal range. No matter what, the bottom line is that The Starting Line have made a great album that everyone can love. Even with a huge corporate record label breathing down their neck, they have still managed to put out an album that expresses who they are and what they are all about. So with that said, there is nothing left to say except: If you don't already own this cd, add it to your shopping cart. Listening to it alone will make sitting in traffic seem unusally pleasant.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Just OKAY August 11, 2005
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Where to start...? Based on a True Story... an album that was obviously not written for the fans, or anyone for that matter. I understand TSL they wanted to show a more mature side, show that they've grown up and all, but usually a band does that with their music; the lyrics and the music in Based on a True Story are lacking to say the least, the songs are somewhat catchy but not the stuck-in-your-head type that previous TSL CD's had with abundance, and the CD isn't really "about" anything. Past songs were about love and friendships... some of the songs on Based on a True Story are about sex, but the rest of it just leaves you trying to figure out what the song is about in the grand scheme of things, and a general feeling of "what's the point?" The lyrics are just not something that a listener would care about, they probably don't even mean anything to the people that wrote them!

And I'm not trying to say that this CD doesn't have good poins. The song "Photography" could be a really amazing song. The music itself is amazing, I love the lyrics for the most part, and it creates an amazing visual image... however, in the middle of it you get lyrics like "i'll swing from a streetlight and sing oh oh oh" Which pretty much ruins the image the song was creating, and makes you wonder what they're trying to get at. "Suprise, Suprise" is one song that gets back to their roots, and it's one of the best songs on the CD, however it sounds a lot like many songs from Say Anything... "Cut! Print It" sounds hauntingly like it was taken from a Bayside CD. However, these are my favorite songs, and they're quite good songs. It just doesn't bode well for an artist when the best songs on a CD remind the listener of OTHER bands...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is really good May 17, 2005
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This album does a great job at mixing things up throughout, it is a lot older and more multi dimensional than Say It Like You Mean It. I adore every one of those songs but, they all originate from a similar mold, they all have powerful choruses and slower stuff in between, this album is much less predictable.

An interesting aspect of this album, in my opinion is the fact that the songs are songs of themsleves, the album is not really a cohesive effort, all the songs seem to be entirely independent. And I love this, because I am a huge fan of mixes and when you listen to the whole album songs like "stay where I can see you" and "artistic licsence" dont stand out, but, then, you lsiten to them amongst non-starting line songs and they are AMAZING

that might not make sense, but, you should buy this, it is danceable and more hardcore than Say It Like You Mean It, but, its more diverse and lends itself better to excessive repeat listens (and I know all about that when it comes to this band)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Rules!! May 18, 2005
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This CD is the best CD ever!! I cannot explain to you in enough words how great this CD is. The songs on this album really touched me in a way that whenever a song plays, it somehow relates to my life in someway. "Bedroom Talk" is the greatest insight to all the things that go on in a teenager's mind when thinking about sex. The emotions and the feelings toward this topic are so on point that you feel like Kenny is singing for you. Number 7 and 11 on this CD are very good as well. In fact, I'm using track 11 on our senior powerpoint presentation since it's a song about being one and together accomplishing something. Go out and buy this album!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars love this album
the starting line really impress me lately. i wish i had gotten into this band at an earlier time because albums like this are just awesome. Read more
Published on March 11, 2012 by jon
2.0 out of 5 stars like everyone says, Say It Like You Mean It was better...
the starting line started out as a young pop/rock kind of singers...and i loved it...and now in their Based on a True Story is more mellow, an alternative kind of a music which is... Read more
Published on August 11, 2006 by hOtTpLaYr
5.0 out of 5 stars It grows on you
i'll be the first one to admit that when i first bought this CD, it wasn't one of my favorites. however, now, more than a year later, i still enjoy it. Read more
Published on August 1, 2006 by njrace77
5.0 out of 5 stars Why is everyone being so harsh?
Based on a True Story is NOT a bad CD. It's different than Say it Like You Mean It. Kenny's voice is rougher, more mature sounding.

I loved Based on a True Story. Read more
Published on July 28, 2006 by ^( '-' )^
2.0 out of 5 stars Not their best CD
I loved their cd, "Say it like you mean it". But, this cd was terrible. I only enjoyed the song called, "Making love to the camera". Save you're money for any of their other cds.
Published on June 20, 2006 by Skurvy
2.0 out of 5 stars A sophmore slump
Anyone who knows tsl knows this record really didn't do the band justice. it just isn't what tsl has the potential to do. Read more
Published on April 23, 2006
4.0 out of 5 stars Write about what you know...
Write about what you know. Anyone who has ever taken a basic writing class is familiar with this concept. I think the same rule applies to music. Read more
Published on March 18, 2006 by April
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the money...
This is a really great album, I'm 16, almost 17, and can really relate to this album. The first time I listened to it though I was only vaugely impressed. Read more
Published on March 15, 2006 by girlTJ
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, But not that good
The starting line was one of the bands that made me appreciate pop-punk music. I am a die hard blink fan, and then when i picked up tsl's "say it like you mean it" i was... Read more
Published on March 9, 2006 by Landon Barker
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing Short Of Perfect!
Yes "Say It Like You Mean It" was the greatest album ever made, but "Based On A True Story" is not far behind. Read more
Published on February 27, 2006 by TheDramaSummer
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