Sound — 8
Compared to the band's first CD, Based On A True Story is inferior. Two years away from recording and writing left Ken Vasoli gasping for air. Instead of keeping with the sound that almost made them famous, The Starting Line ventured away from any stereotypes at all, but it cost them. Overall it still gets 4 stars for originality.
Lyrics — 8
Singer/songwriter Kenny Vasoli had two years to start writing songs. It sounds like the lyrics were more of an after-thought. But with lyrical talent like that, who needs to think. The lyrics are diverse as any album you will ever hear. It ranges from Ken writing about losing his virginity ("Bedroom Talk"), to a harsh breakup that cost him two weeks in Seattle ("Suprise, Suprise"), to a harsh fight with the band's record label ("Inspired By The $"), and even including the band's rise to fame ("Making Love To The Camera"). Overall, I'll give it 4 stars.
Overall Impression — 8
Overall, not as good as Say It Like You Mean It. But it still can compare. As a fan of the band's though, I would say that it is still a good album. If you have never heard of the band before, I would advise going to get Say It Like You Mean It, before this album. Overall, 4 stars.