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This Providence

This Providence: Our Worlds DivorceOur Worlds Divorce (2004)
Rocketstar Recordings

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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On a tip from Gatsbys American Dream, Rocketstar Recordings swiftly picked up Seattle's This Providence, whose debut, Our Worlds Divorce, happens to be a cohesive collection of pop/rock songs with solid vocals, clever drumming, and more than enough bells and whistles to keep things interesting. I.
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On a tip from Gatsbys American Dream, Rocketstar Recordings swiftly picked up Seattle's This Providence, whose debut, Our Worlds Divorce, happens to be a cohesive collection of pop/rock songs with solid vocals, clever drumming, and more than enough bells and whistles to keep things interesting.

In a lot of ways, this reminds me of Down To Earth Approach's debut, another major power-pop-rock first impression from this past year that really failed to impress me in any major way (except for "Exhibit Of The Year," which is permanently etched into my memory). The difference here is that This Providence do plenty of little things that give the songs an edge. While the first few seconds of the opener "Well Versed In The Ways Of The World" is an odd way to present yourself in it being a little too gentle and really not carrying a fire - or even the sandpaper strip for striking the match - to directly open the disc, it has this truly awesome bridge where the band seamlessly slips into an almost-jazzy segue with skittering percussion and a flat-out groovy chord progression, and gives the perfect first impression of the spectacular drum-work displayed throughout the rest of the album. Their overall use of overlapping vocals are flawless and the rare keyboard-induced electronics are classy and appropriate. The band even sneaks in some double-time - if only for 19 seconds - into their minute-long secret track.

The looming fault is the truly self-loathing lyrics. While the personality of the record could roughly be mistaken for one who takes sly sarcastic bites at modern culture, I'm convinced that's not the present case. "Everyday" has great distorted vocal melodies of the line "everybody's got something for me to do, and my head's filled with thoughts of everything but you," but it also serves as a perfect example of this problem. If nothing else, some of these songs are catchy as all hell; the drawn-out breakdown of "Our Flag Is White" is more infectious than the latest STD you contracted from your scenester girlfriend. "The whole world hates us/the whole world hates our song...but still we sing" might be another triplet of lines helping the self-pity theory, but that doesn't mean it's leaving my head anytime soon.

It takes a few listens to discover the subtle creativity This Providence pulls off, but the reward is just about worth the effort. It also proves that there's something interesting brewing here that might be worth the long-term wait.

MP3
Truth And Reconciliation
STREAM
Everyday
To Kill This

 

 
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Anonymous (September 7, 2005)

Great music

soulbleed (November 19, 2004)

This CD is really good, it's one of the few 'emo' discs I've actually listened to more than five times. Tracks 3, 6, and 10 are definitely the clinchers here, but everything is really good after awhile.

Anonymous (November 17, 2004)

this score is for the actual city of providence.

Anonymous (November 17, 2004)

Well, you know you like this, i claim to like saetia and converge too, but we all got soft spots for this kind of stuff, and i know 90% of you still like new found glory.

Anonymous (November 16, 2004)

The guitarists little brother is in my friend's band and the first time I payed them a listen I merely brushed them off as The Starting Line. I was so wrong. They make some quality music.

Anonymous (November 16, 2004)

can someone post a new review of The Bronx's White Drugs?

that cd has owned me for months and i want someone to just go off about how no one has ever rocked like them.

Anonymous (November 16, 2004)

I find this band's music intriguing and their unwavering faith in God, admirable.

pastepunk (November 16, 2004)

This release truly is suprisingly good. It's hard to pin down just why, but between well composed songs, and emotion that's not wrapped up in a clothing catalog, these guys just sound better than so many others trying to do the same thing.

Anonymous (November 16, 2004)

Yeah.

Scott is large and in charge.

Brian is whining and crying.

Anonymous (November 16, 2004)

you are turning this place into ap.net. You should be fired

Anonymous (November 16, 2004)

bahahahah std

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