Say It Like You Mean It

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Say It Like You Mean It
Studio album by The Starting Line
Released July 16, 2002
Studio Media Vortex (Burbank, California)
Genre Pop punk
Length 47:35
Label Drive-Thru
Producer Mark Trombino
The Starting Line chronology
With Hopes of Starting Over...
Say It Like You Mean It
The Make Yourself at Home EP

Say It Like You Mean It is the first full-length album from pop punk band The Starting Line, following their debut EP With Hopes of Starting Over.


Between late June and mid-August, the group went on the 2002 edition of Warped Tour.[1] It was released on July 16, 2002 on Drive-Thru Records. "The Best of Me" was released to radio on July 22, 2003.[2]

An alternate pressing of the album was issued simultaneously and available only from Drive-Thru's online store, with the cover picturing Jamison Covington of JamisonParker, instead of the girl on the cover of the conventional release. This limited edition is now out-of-print and rather hard to come by.

The name of the album comes from a line in the song "Almost There, Going Nowhere."


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 starslink
Rolling Stone 3/5 starslink

The album was included at number 21 on Rock Sound's "The 51 Most Essential Pop Punk Albums of All Time" list.[3] BuzzFeed included the album at number 20 on their "36 Pop Punk Albums You Need To Hear Before You F——ing Die" list.[4]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by The Starting Line except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Up & Go" 3:36
2. "Given the Chance" 2:57
3. "Leaving" 3:33
4. "The Best of Me" 4:18
5. "A Goodnight's Sleep" 4:22
6. "Almost There, Going Nowhere" 3:26
7. "Cheek to Cheek" 4:38
8. "Hello Houston" 2:23
9. "Decisions, Decisions" 3:50
10. "Saddest Girl Story" 3:28
11. "Left Coast Envy" 4:25
12. "The Drama Summer" (Kenny Vasoli) 2:52
13. "This Ride" 3:40




  1. ^ D'Angelo, Joe (January 30, 2002). "Warped Tour '02 To Feature Bad Religion, NOFX, New Found Glory, More". MTV. Viacom. Retrieved February 11, 2017. 
  2. ^ "FMQB Airplay Archive: Modern Rock". Friday Morning Quarterback Album Report, Incorporated. Retrieved October 30, 2016. 
  3. ^ Bird, ed. 2014, p. 72
  4. ^ Sherman, Maria; Broderick, Ryan (July 2, 2013). "36 Pop Punk Albums You Need To Hear Before You F----ing Die". BuzzFeed. Retrieved July 29, 2015. 


  • Bird, Ryan, ed. (September 2014). "The 51 Most Essential Pop Punk Albums of All Time". Rock Sound. London: Freeway Press Inc. (191). ISSN 1465-0185. 

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