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The Starting Line, formed by Kenny Vasoli along with guitarists Matt Watts, Mike Golla, and drummer Tom Gryskewicz, some eight years ago in the suburbs of Pennsylvania are set to release the most triumphant album of their career on July 31st entitled Direction. Recorded with Grammy nominated producer Howard Benson, this album is the logical next step in a career that has seen the band on the main stage of Warped Tour, performing on Jimmy Kimmel Live, appearing on multiple covers of Alternative Press and had a video that made its way onto MTV.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 31, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B000RRUSFS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,186 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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this is a pretty amazingly sweet album. well i only really like 7 of the 12 songs, but what's interesting about these guys is how they're like the least trendy band in the (emo) pop-punk scene, all they have to get by on is good tunes. the tracks i like are number 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, and 10. Something Left To Give is a good song but something about it bugged me and i realised it kinda plagiarizes Myopic Books by American Music Club from their 2005 album Love Songs For Patriots, unless Kenny doesn't own that album in which case maybe it's just a co-incidence. the other tracks, number 1, 9, 11, and 12, aren't quite good and gave me a mediocre overall impression of the album at first. the chorus of Are You Alone is a highlight of the album. Kenny Vasoli is one of the few songwriters in the current pop-punk/alt-rock scene who seems more concerned with writing substancial tunes than impressing an audience with superficial edgyness, and i guess judging by the fact that after being out for almost a year this album still has less than a quarter of the reviews of it's predecessor (2005's Based On A True Story, which likewise has less than half the reviews of the band's debut) it's fair to say there is less room than ever for a band that just want to play good music without gimmicks. this album gets under your skin with repeated listens. at first i wasn't as into it as i was with BOATS, considered it redundant even, but after listening back to that album i do think this is a step forward.
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First of all, I have been watching the starting line on stage since their first stint at the skate and surf festival. Since then, I have followed the band as they have made their way through the maze in which we call the music industry.

With that said, for the first time, I think they have finally found a home in Virgin. I am very happy for them and think that unlike their last album (BOATS), Direction shows that TSL has surpassed the record label drama and through the smoke and ahses, they are still focused on making great, catchy frickin tunes.

"Direction" shows that this band is definitely versatile, while "21" shows what bedroom talk should have sounded like in the first place. "Are You Alone" rocks my socks off as Ken's vocal range stretches so far it rips the seem of my pants. "Hurry" is another gem that showcases how starting line can write a classic, yet awesomely modern rock song. "Island" will blow you away from start to finish, however the chorus is near orgasmic. One of my favorite tracks on this album though is "Somebody's Gonna Miss Us." This just proves to me just how empty I will feel if TSL ever decides to break up. I know I will miss you guys :)

Overall, this album is damn sweet; 5 stars, two thumbs up, 5 mics, and one whiz with. TSL have once again put their heart, soul, balls and sweat into this album and it obviously shows. So even though it is evident that TSL is only getting better, I can rest assured knowing that this album will stay where I can see it until the next album comes out. Until then, stop jocking "Best of Me" and "Say It Like You Mean It." Get over the fact that TSL will not be re-releasing SILYMI. Direction is where it's at right now. Get with the times you cot damn haters.
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I don't know where Starting Line went! I fell in love w/ this band with their first CD and was amazingly disappointed w/ their followup. This new release is extremely well put together in certain areas, w/ great lyrics and even catchier tunes. But the problem I felt w/ this album is that it did not bring back the original vibe The Starting Line came off with. I miss that vibe! Although juvenile and poppy at some points; Say it Like You Meant It had songs on it that will forever rest in the back of my mind. I can't really get the same feeling from this CD, a majority of the songs on here are forgettable. Regardless of this, I must applause how the band has progressed overall and how their sound has matured. Definitely better than their last CD, but no where near the superiority of their first. If you're a fan, pick it up for sure!~
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By Dave on August 12, 2007
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I've loved the Starting Line since I first saw them live and heard their "With Hopes of Starting Over" EP. Their high energy, melodic rock really caught me. I felt like the last CD was a step in the right direction, slightly matured, but still Starting Line...However, the new CD leaves a bit to be desired. I just feel like they went into the studio with a couple songs nailed down (Island being one of them), and then just made up a bunch of "so-so" filler. The best way I can put it is that it sounds like they wrote the CD in a month in the studio, which tends towards hollow songs with unimaginative lyrics. So while I don't hate it, I am disappointed.
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The Starting Line comes back with new album. After "Based On A True Story" I was completely disappointed. Then I heard they had a new Cd coming, and I was hoping they wouldn't make another "Based On A True Story". And I guess hoping really did help. This album is good, well done, very cathy riffs, and lyrics. I was highly impressed. Best Songs "Hurry", "Something Left to Give", and "What You Want". Pick up this CD, its worth your money.
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