The Starting Line (orginally formed under the name "Sunday Drive") released their feature length debut album, "Say It Like You Mean It" in 2002, and they certainly do. This band does a lot right. Kenny Vasoli is an above average vocalist with some decent writing skill at a young age (he was 18 at the time of recording, and wrote "The Best of Me" when he was only 16). Mike Golla and Matt Watts also serve up good performances on both lead and rhythm guitar, respectively. The major area where SILYMI falls is it's lack of cohesiveness. The album is far too long, at 13 tracks, and is ordered in a rather slapdash manner. A glaring issue that I noticed with a majority of the album, is the disconnect, between vocals and lyrics. Often Vasoli is trying to milk passion out of lyrics that are, for lack of a better term, simple (Up and Go). Other times, he takes a step back or delivers in an odd manor when the lyrics are better. It's this lack of gel that hinders the album heavily, but it's excuseable as this is their first feature length, and they're song writing/musicianship was/is still improving. As stated before, this band does a lot right, and oozes potential. With a little restraint (shorter tracklist), more thought out lyrics, and natural band growth, these guys could be major players in their respective genre.
HIT'S INCLUDE: LEAVING, THE BEST OF ME, and DECISIONS, DECISIONS
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