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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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  • Audio CD (27 Jan. 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Drive-Thru
  • ASIN: B00007MBY5
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,945 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Up & Go
2. Given The Chance
3. Leaving
4. The Best of Me
5. A Goodnight's Sleep
6. Almost There, Going Nowhere
7. Cheek to Cheek
8. Hello Houston
9. Decisions, Decisions
10. Saddest Girl Story
11. Left Coast Envy
12. The Drama Summer
13. This Ride

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The Starting Line - Say It Like You Mean It

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Enjoyment of the Starting Line is entirely dependent upon how you like your punk-pop. If, like Blink 182, you like it light, with a healthy spoonful of immaturity, then you'll be disappointed with the songs on Say It Like You Mean It, their first full-length album. Similarly, disappointment awaits those who are after an attitude-fused rush of pure sweat and spit. The Starting Line fall somewhere in the middle, to both their credit and detriment: playful, seemingly exuberant songs with sweet melodies buzzing around like charged electrons with serious blood and guts beneath their shiny skin.

The songs themselves revisit familiar themes ("Hello Houston" and "Leaving", for instance) and predictable acoustic number "Drama Summer" breaks up the inevitable monotony of this style. The artwork hints at maturity (think Busted a few years and a few broken hearts down the line) but the album has been overproduced, and often finely polished notes would have benefited from more of a ragged edge and some space to breath. The hooks aren't as catchy as the Dum Dums, who also played the same juvenile/serious persona, or even the Jellys, who were just plain silly. But at least you knew where you stood with them--normally humming their songs at bus stops, which, for all the playful harmonies and uplifting guitar work, you'll struggle to do here. --Ben Johncock

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Annie on 4 Mar. 2003
Format: Audio CD
i saw these guys at a concert at newcastle uni, i haddnt heard of them, but how great were they!! ive seen them on p-rock since then and their new song is the bestest. i went straight out and bought their album from a popular record store and it has been stuck in my stereo ever since. songs "like saddest girl story" and "almost there, going nowhere" will appeal to everyone and they provide a range of styles which work really well. the lead singer guy is totally hot so you got something pretty to look at too. i recon you all need to get this album cos its a must for any punk/rock/ska fan.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Oliver on 25 Jun. 2003
Format: Audio CD
I brought this album, mainly because I've become a fan of many of the drive thru bands so I thought I'd check these guys out. As soon as I put this CD on, I fell in love with it. From start to finish this album does not disappoint. It is now one of my absolute favorite CD's, I've been listening to it non stop since I got it and I'm still not bored. The best tracks in my opinion are Given the chance, best of me, cheek to cheek, hello houston, the drama summer and this ride, although to be honest there is not one track that has me reaching for the 'skip' button. Although this album is somewhat overproduced, the songs are all performed so well, with so much energy, that its hard not to love it.
If you're looking for some furious, edgy punk then I'd suggest you leave this one on the shelf. On the other hand, if you want an album filled with upbeat melodies and infectious hooks that will have you jumping around your room, then give starting line a go. Once you've listened, you'll see that the starting line are much more than 'just another pop punk band'.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hopper on 5 Aug. 2004
Format: Audio CD
While I was ordering 'Blue Skies, Broken Hearts...Next 12 Exits' by 'The Ataris', I noticed a link to this album in the 'Customers who bought this also bought...' section of the page. I had another £9 left to spend on my gift voucher, so I took a gamble on this. I'm glad I did.
I have to say, it's nowhere near ground breaking stuff.....at all. More mature than Blink 182, more up-beat than The Ataris, but still pretty much the same stuff. In fact, at one point I didn't even notice when my playlist transitioned between TSL and The Ataris.
That's the only bad thing I can say about the album.....it's just......generic. In fact I've listened to this album at least 8 times over, compared to the...oh....TWICE that I listened to the Ataris album I bought at the same time, and that's a very good album. That's got to stand for something.
If you're looking to expand your musical horizons, don't bother.
If you're looking for more of the same, and a safe purchase, this album is for you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "sademokid" on 19 Sept. 2003
Format: Audio CD
If you like any of the 'drive-thru records' bands, especially New Found Glory, then you will 100% love the Starting line.
Produced by Mark Trombino (who also produced Blink 182's classic Dude Ranch album) it is pack full of catchy 'pop punk' songs but with bit more feeling than some of their counterparts i.e Sum 41. My personal best track off the album is 'This Ride' which features Nate Barcalow of Finch, another Drive-thru band.
It only gets 4 out of 5 stars because I feel they sound too much like NFG and the sound is also slightly overproduced, but if none of that bothers you, than sit back, listen and enjoy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Oct. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Why this obsession with categorising bands - punk, pop-punk, emo, emo-core, blah, blah...who cares what label you stick on it - just listen to the song samples. If you like excellent songs, well produced, well played, loud guitars and great vocals then just buy this. Of course you've heard this sort of stuff before. Every good tune was written in the sixties and has been reformulated since then in every shape and size - this is just a very good reformulation and it sounds great in the car....very loud. The Starting Line (along with the magnificent Ataris) are simply better at this kind of thing than anyone else.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "samandbenmatthews" on 18 Oct. 2003
Format: Audio CD
This CD is slightly overproduced. There, I've said it. However, only slightly. And, obviously, it didn't stop me giving the disk a five-star rating. This is because you can't help but love it. It's not "true punk" in a 'grr rebellion' type way, but its certainly very good music which cannot help put you in a good mood. I would say the best tracks are (in my opinion) ...
Up And Go
Best Of Me (the first single and you can see why)
A Goodnight's Sleep (slightly different to the rest of the CD with a lot slower pace, but still a great song with an into I simply adore)
Almost There, Going Nowhere (I love the riff that opens and is implemented halfway through the song. Combined with the drums ... magical. Possibly my favourite part of any song ever, and if not the top certainly in the top five)
Cheek To Cheek (a bone of contention for some, worse than the non-album version as it lacks emotion somewhat and the pace is slowed, but it stills works well and I love the lyrics)
The Drama Summer (acoustic track with just Kenny and a guitar, perhaps lyrically weak but sounds great and really sums up the summery mood for me)
All in all, a quality release for fans of the pop-punk/emo genre (or of good music for that matter)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "rogue763" on 28 Oct. 2003
Format: Audio CD
I discovered TSL by accident, I live where punk is frowned upon (minus Avril, of course). I have been obsessed with them ever since. The most instantly attractive song is The Best Of Me, which was a single, and has a weird edgy happy quality to it. It's one of the few happy songs on the album. Most of the riffs feel happy, though the lyrics are painful to listen to. The saddest songs are Cheek To Cheek and The Drama Summer (lead vocalist Ken Vasoli wrote that by himself.) My personal favorite is Hello Houston, where Ken holds a conversation with himself. This album is a bit polished though, and not as enjoyable as their first EP, With Hopes Of Starting Over. Two of the songs from tha have been reworked for Say It Like You Mean It, but the EP is worth buying just for the originals of those two songs. Nevertheless, Say It Like You Mean It is a great debut and the lyrics seen somehow accomplished for a band as young as this.
Anybody who is into any of the Drive-Thru bands will join me as a TSL obsessive. I'm just waiting for another break to happen, because they will explode onto the UK music scene very soon.
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