I guess 2007 is the year of redemption and come back. With several bands finding their way back to the styles that gave them their original fame. The Starting Line is the latest to (excuse the pun) find their direction.
The starting line don’t play copy cat with their previous work they simply build off it and focus their sound to something that is mature and unique to them. Ã¢â‚¬Å“DirectionÃ¢â‚¬ the title track off the record leads off the record with heavy guitars and harder vocals than is typical for the band but lines up with all other tracks on the record. Harder music and thicker melody seem to be the tone the band stuck to while writing the latest effort. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Are You AloneÃ¢â‚¬ is the third track deep on the record and right from the beginning has a slower and darker feel to it with the chorus begging the question Ã¢â‚¬Å“are you aloneÃ¢â‚¬? Ã¢â‚¬Å“IslandÃ¢â‚¬ is vastly different with an upbeat feel to it that makes it a perfect summer song.
The album as a whole has a self reflecting theme to it. Songs like Ã¢â‚¬Å“I Could Be WrongÃ¢â‚¬ and Ã¢â‚¬Å“Somebody’s Gonna Miss UsÃ¢â‚¬ being the most obvious with the songs being about the bands touring and how people will miss them when one day they aren’t a band anymore. The best stand out lyric has to be in the song Ã¢â‚¬Å“Somebody’s Gonna Miss UsÃ¢â‚¬ when Kenny sings Ã¢â‚¬Å“Ã¢â‚¬¦If you can’t relate and refuse to sing along then maybe I can interest in some other song [a little something like] all that she wants is another babyÃ¢â‚¬.
Starting Line fans will thoroughly enjoy this album and it will be in your top 10 for the year. Others of us who aren’t die hard Stating Line fans will definitely enjoy this record but my feeling is that it feels to short and it seems to not have a very long replay value.
3. Are You Alone
6. Something Left to Give
8. Way With Words
9. I Could Be Wrong
10. Somebody’s Gonna Miss Us
11. Need To Love
12. What You Want