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Album Review

This Providence's self-titled debut for Fueled By Ramen is a sweet, warm and melodic indie rock affair. It's really nothing more and nothing less, which is a good thing depending on how you look at it. The guys sound strikingly similar to their Seattle peers in Forgive Durden, albeit in a much less quirky and much more straightforward rock way, and fans who enjoyed 2004's Our Worlds Divorce will take to this album with open arms, as the two aren't so dissimilar. The emo quartet starts out on a strong foot with the urgent stomp of "A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing" before injecting some swagger in their step with the great driving bounce of "Card House Dreamer." From here, however, some tracks start to blend into one another, their varying tempos about the only thing to largely distinguish one from the next. And while none totally miss the target altogether, the band struggles a bit to make sure their consistency doesn't just turn into a predictable uniformity. Singer/guitarist Dan Young has a lazy sort of delivery that matches the steady roll of the band's songs, and that makes for an especially nice effect in tracks (as in "Losing Control") when his voice contrasts against bassist Phil Cobrea's more forceful backing parts. No one can accuse This Providence of making a bad album here, and as far as their emo peers go, these guys are definitely one of the more promising. But something is going to have to be done before their next record to really help them stand out from the exuberant pack, since as things stand now, they're still just a face in the crowd.

Customer Reviews

i love this providence

its finally out! i have been waiting for this cd for ever. my favorite songs are wolf's in sheep's clothing, card house dreamer, and my beautiful rescue. this band rocks. i'm so happy. you should check out their back to school special for fueled by ramen on youtube its so funny.

Very Promising

I don't agree very much with the review written, so for those of you considering this album, ignore what iTunes has written down. Generally I am a fan of a wide variety of music such as Prince, Costello, Redding, Massive Attack, etc., but I do love bands like The Academy Is..., Fall Out Boy, Gym Class Heroes, etc.. I went looking for some music that I could listen to for really any reason and I found these guys. This album is wonderful and something I have listened to repeatedly (and the only other artists that have passed the test of (recent) time for me are Fall Out Boy, Nirvana, and Lucky Boys Confusion). They have an edge a bit like Panic! at the Disco, but with less 'poppy techno' and more alike to the raw sound of Fall Out Boy and The Academy Is.... While Dan Young's voice isn't up to par with Patrick Stump's extremely soulful, tenor voice (in my opinion), it fits the lyrics and the melodies, and he can hit those high notes very well. He and the bassist both add a good balance to the guitar and the beats. The lyrics themselves are astounding for anyone willing to listen. Truly this isn't just another album about love and heartbreak, but something much deeper; something I personally am very eager to see developed in the future. While I usually find myself humming things (of this sort of 'scene' music), like, 'Thnks Fr Th Mmrs', 'Lying Is The Most Fun A Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off', etc., I was surprised to be reciting lyrics from 'A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing' and 'Secret Love and the Fastest Way to Loneliness' and eventually becoming very familiar with the songs. Needless to say, Fueled by Ramen never lets me down when I'm looking for some music to fit any mood of mine, and they led me right to them (and Gym Class Heroes, before they suddenly exploded with popularity), and this album is a great investment, something you can listen to many times and never tire of. Since I love about every song on this album, the only song I think really needs any work is '...But What Will They Say,' but that is probably just because I don't relate directly to it. Otherwise, these guys are going to go somewhere very big and I can't wait to see it!


This Providence is amazing. I saw them live last night 9/11/06 and they put on such an awesome show. A lot of people have been saying they sound a lot like gatsby's american dream. while that might be true, how many bands don't have any simularites. You have to get your influence from somewhere. Tracks I love, 1,2,4,6


Formed: 2003 in Seattle, WA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Emo pop/rock act This Providence came together in the summer of 2003 in Seattle, WA, recording and self-releasing their first EP soon after their formation. Comprised of vocalist/guitarist Dan Young, guitarist Gavin Phillips, bassist/vocalist Phil Cobrea, and drummer Ryan Tapert, the group began gathering a decent local following while still in high school, playing in the same regional scene that spawned peers Gatsbys American Dream and Forgive Durden. The guys concurrently hooked up with Seattle-based...
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