Direction (album)

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Direction
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Studio album by The Starting Line
Released July 31, 2007
Genre Pop punk
Length 40:39
Label Virgin
Producer Howard Benson
The Starting Line chronology
Based on a True Story
(2005)
Direction
(2007)
Somebody's Gonna Miss Us
(2009)
Singles from Direction
  1. "Island"
    Released: June 19, 2007

Direction is the third studio album by The Starting Line, following Based on a True Story.

Background[edit]

On November 3, 2005, Alternative Press announced that The Starting Line had left Geffen and was in discussion with other labels.[1] The group was aiming to have another album out by spring 2006.[1] Vasoli had written eight of a potential 12–15 for the next record.[1] The group demoed material a few months afterwards.[1] On January 3, 2006, it was announced that the band had signed to Virgin Records.[2] Virgin president Jason Flom signed the group after watching one of their live performances.[3] In February and March, the group headlined the Screaming Is for Babies tour, with support from Copeland, Gatsbys American Dream, and Cartel.[4] It was reported that the group would begin recording their next album after this tour had finished.[2] From late October to mid December, the band supported The All-American Rejects on their Tournado 2006 tour.[5]

Release[edit]

On May 3, 2007, the title track was made available for streaming.[6] "Island" was made available for streaming on May 17.[7] It was released as a single on June 19,[8] before being released to radio a week later.[9] From early July to late August, the band went on the 2007 edition of Warped Tour.[10] Direction was released on July 31. In October and November, the group went on a co-headlining US tour with Paramore. Set Your Goals opened the first half of the tour, while The Almost opened the second half.[11] The second single was "Something Left to Give". "Somebody's Gonna Miss Us" followed in 2009.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars [12]
AbsolutePunk 85%[13]
Alternative Press 4/5 stars [14]
Alternative Addiction 3.5/5 stars [15]
The A.V. Club B-[16]
Blogcritics Favorable[17]
Punknews.org 2.5/5 stars [18]

The album debuted at number 30 on the U.S. Billboard 200, selling about 20,000 copies in its first week.[19]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by The Starting Line.

No. Title Length
1. "Direction" 3:54
2. "21" 2:29
3. "Are You Alone?" 3:21
4. "Island" 3:42
5. "Hurry" 2:52
6. "Something Left to Give" 3:34
7. "Birds" 3:27
8. "Way with Words" 3:43
9. "I Could Be Wrong" 3:55
10. "Somebody's Gonna Miss Us" 2:53
11. "Need to Love" 3:22
12. "What You Want" 3:18

Personnel[edit]

  • Kenny Aronoff – drums
  • Howard Benson – keyboards, programming, producer
  • Justin Borucki – photography
  • Luis Conti – percussion
  • Paul DeCarli – digital editing
  • Mike Golla – lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Tom Gryskiewicz – drums
  • Hatsukazu "Hatch" Inagaki – engineer
  • Ted Jensen – mastering
  • Mike Joyce – artwork, design
  • Nik Karpen – mixing assistant
  • Chris Lord-Alge – mixing
  • Sean Mosher-Smith – creative director
  • Jamie Muhoberac – keyboards
  • Jon Nicholson – drum technician
  • Mike Plotnikoff – engineer
  • Michelle Ryang – A&R
  • Brian Schmutz – keyboards, vocals (background)
  • Marc VanGool – guitar technician
  • Kenny Vasoli - vocals, bass
  • Logan Waters – A&R assistance
  • Matt Watts – rhythm guitar, backing vocals

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "The Starting Line = Most Eligible Bachelors". Alternative Press. November 3, 2005. Retrieved June 24, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "AP Exclusive: The Starting Line sign to Virgin Records". Alternative Press. January 3, 2006. Retrieved June 26, 2016. 
  3. ^ Loftus, Johnny. "The Starting Line | Biography & History". AllMusic. All Media Network, LLC. Retrieved January 4, 2017. 
  4. ^ "The Starting Line/Copeland/Gatsbys American Dream/Cartel tour announced". Alternative Press. December 8, 2005. Retrieved June 26, 2016. 
  5. ^ "All-American Rejects touring w/the Starting Line, Motion City". Alternative Press. September 19, 2006. Retrieved August 5, 2016. 
  6. ^ "The Starting Line post title track off new album". Alternative Press. May 3, 2007. Retrieved August 12, 2016. 
  7. ^ "The Starting Line post another track off new album". Alternative Press. May 17, 2007. Retrieved August 15, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Island (Float Away) - Single by The Starting Line". iTunes. Retrieved December 4, 2016. 
  9. ^ "AllAccess.com Alternative eWeekly". AllAccess. June 19, 2007. Retrieved July 1, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Throwdown added to Warped 07; Madina Lake drop off". Alternative Press. April 26, 2007. Retrieved August 21, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Paramore/Starting Line co-headlining dates (finally) revealed". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. September 12, 2007. Retrieved March 19, 2017. 
  12. ^ Ruhlmann, William. Direction at AllMusic
  13. ^ Tate, Jason (June 21, 2007). "Starting Line, The - Direction". AbsolutePunk. Archived from the original on June 30, 2007. Retrieved January 8, 2017. 
  14. ^ Alternative Press review
  15. ^ Alternative Addiction review
  16. ^ The A.V. Club review
  17. ^ Blogcritics review
  18. ^ Punknews.org review
  19. ^ Katie Hasty, "Common Scores First No. 1 On Billboard 200", Billboard.com, August 8, 2007.

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