Read Between the Lines (KSM album)

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Read Between the Lines
Studio album by KSM
Released September 22, 2009
Recorded 2008-2009
Genre Pop rock, power pop, pop punk, teen pop
Length 42:38
Label Walt Disney, Buena Vista
Singles from Read Between the Lines
  1. "Read Between the Lines"
    Released: 2009
  2. "I Want You To Want Me"
    Released: 2009
  3. "Distracted"
    Released: 2010

Read Between the Lines is the debut and only album by the now-defunct all-girl rock band KSM, released by Buena Vista Records and Walt Disney Records on September 22, 2009. The band toured with Demi Lovato to support the album. It was produced and mostly written by Matthew Gerrard and Robbie Nevil. The album also includes a cover version of "I Want You to Want Me" by Cheap Trick, which was used to promote the new television series 10 Things I Hate About You on the ABC Family network.[1][2]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Matthew Gerrard and Robbie Nevil, except where noted.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Don't Rain on My Parade"   3:16
2. "Crazy Over You" Greg Critchley, Gerrard, Nevil 3:18
3. "Read Between the Lines"   2:59
4. "Everytime You Go"   3:13
5. "Saturdays and Sundays"   2:59
6. "Permission to Party"   3:42
7. "Distracted"   3:18
8. "Unpredictable"   3:10
9. "Don't Come Crying to Me"   3:14
10. "Best Friends Forever"   3:39
11. "Slow Motion"   3:24
12. "2 Guitars Bass and a Drum" Steve Diamond, Gerrard, Nevil 2:58
13. "I Want You to Want Me" Rick Nielsen 3:22


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[3]

"Read Between the Lines," the title track and first single off the album, was named iTunes Single of the Week at the time of the album's release.[4] Billboard's album review refers to the band as a G-rated version of the Go-Go's but with the same "distinctive individual looks, spunky stage presence and monster riffs". The review calls Avril Lavigne the band's "closest cousin", but with more punk energy, and says that "the act's rock rings harder and truer than Miley Cyrus."[5] The review by Allmusic says "the five girls pull it off with panache, finishing the songs off with a 2000s teen pop gloss, or sometimes a '90s girl-ska-punk".[6] Other reviews were not as favorable. While comparing the band's sound to No Doubt, lead singer Shelby Cobra's vocals are called "limited" and on the "worst squeaky side of Gwen Stefani."[7]


  • Shelby Cobra - lead vocals
  • Shae Padilla - lead guitar
  • Katie Cecil - rhythm guitar, backing vocals (lead vocals on tracks 4, 9)
  • Sophia Melon - bass, backing vocals
  • Kate Cabebe - drums


  1. ^ Iasimone, Ashley (July 13, 2009). "About to Pop: KSM". Popeater. AOL, Inc. Retrieved December 29, 2009. 
  2. ^ "ABC Family: 10 Things I Hate About You exclusive! ksm q&a". Retrieved 2010-04-28. 
  3. ^ Thurston, Jason. "Music Review - Read Between The Lines (2009)". AllMusic. Retrieved 2010-04-30. 
  4. ^ "KSM's 'Read Between the Lines' Chosen as Single of the Week by iTunes". BusinessWire. Berkshire Hathaway. September 15, 2009. Retrieved December 29, 2009. 
  5. ^ Mason, Kerri (September 11, 2009). "KSM, Read Between the Lines". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. Retrieved December 29, 2009. 
  6. ^ Thurston, Jason. "Read Between the Lines > Review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved December 29, 2009. 
  7. ^ Moser, John J. (September 20, 2009). "KSM's debut disc adds girl group disc to Disney catalog". The Morning Call. Tribune Company. Retrieved December 30, 2009.