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Album Review

Starting Line were just kids when they made Say It Like You Mean It, their 2002 full-length debut. The Philly combo's energetic emo blushed with first-time love and heartbreak, and not coincidentally their songs resonated most with kids in the midst of similar drama summers. Everyone's a little older for Based on a True Story. Kenny Vasoli is still singing about girls in his life and the feelings in his heart, but in 2005 those topics include marriage, long-distance relationships, and "What does it all mean?" examinations of purpose. And True Story takes a cue from the softer touch of 2003's Make Yourself at Home EP, incorporating acoustic guitars, emphasizing Vasoli's edge-of-tears vocal, and favoring busy breaks rather than actual rocking. Although Starting Line have seemingly matured into a more grandiose version of A New Found Glory (without as much fun), they remain capable of a highlight like "Photography," an emo-adult contemporary ballad with surging keys and strings and love-dizzy lyrics ("You're making a small change to the way that you wear your heart/I like it better!").

Customer Reviews

it's too bad

Their last album "say it like you mean it," was catchy pop-punk at it's best. In comparison, this album is really lacking. This band really has a lot of growing up to do if they plan to compete with the kind of music their genre is producing right now. Lyrically, this record is laughable, and completely immature. The main thing this record lacks, are those hooky vocal melodies. And unless you're doing something musically interesting, (which TSL is not), you're left with a boring, uninspiring record.

Why compete

Why would they want to compete with other bands? Wouldn't be a much better idea to create something original? I think so. Granted its not completely original, it definatly stands out from most. Kudos to the band.

Biography

Formed: 1999 in Churchville, PA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Pennsylvanian punk-poppers the Starting Line originally came together in 1999 via version 2.0 of the old "vocalist wanted" flyer hanging at the local record store. Guitarist Matt Watts was playing with a few bands throughout his teenage years, but after seeing Ken Vasoli's AOL profile, he invited him to jam. Vasoli was soon installed as the bassist and singer, joining Watts, second guitarist Mike Golla, and drummer Tom Gryskiewitz to form Sunday Drive. Though barely out of high school, Sunday Drive...
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