The Starting Line, 'Direction' (Virgin)

Critical Mass
Label: Virgin

by Jon Young

Just what the world needs: another formulaic record from a pop-punk band that efficiently delivers surging guitar anthems while a cute, sincere, openly emotional young guy pours out his heart. But unexpectedly, the third album from this Pennsylvania quartet has its compelling moments, thanks in large part to likably corny singer Kenny Vasoli. Playing the anxious optimist, he worries about making the most of his brief time on earth, tries to console the lonely, and imagines someday sharing tender moments with his grandchildren. If "Need to Love" doesn't raise some goosebumps, consider defrosting your heart.

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