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Author's Rating
Vocals 7.5
Musicianship 7.75
Lyrics 7
Production 7.5
Creativity 6.5
Lasting Value 7
Reviewer Tilt 7.25
Final Verdict: 72%
Member Ratings
Vocals 7.13
Musicianship 7.25
Lyrics 6.25
Production 7.33
Creativity 6.25
Lasting Value 5
Reviewer Tilt 6.29
Average: 65%
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This Providence - The Bright Lights EP

Reviewed by: Travis Parno (10/10/08)
This ProvidenceThe Bright Lights EP
Record Label: Fueled By Ramen
Release Date: October 14, 2008


Who?

Some of Seattle, Washington’s finest emo rockers with an affinity for peppy, faith-based jams and clever pop songwriting.


How is it?

Great, unless you listen beyond the first track. Blending upbeat pop and large vocals supported by rock-solid instrumentation, “Waste Myself” is vintage This Providence. Unfortunately, the band inexplicably decided to remake “My Beautiful Rescue,” one of the stronger tracks from 2006’s self-titled release. The result is slower, gaudier, and downright boring. In its previous incarnation, the song mixed acoustic and electric movements into a joyful two and a half minutes. The extra minute added to the “renovated” version is only a result of a dragging tempo and a muddy wash of bland synth-strings. The appropriately named “Hopeless” is, well, you get the idea. Vocalist Daniel Young mucks through the melodies with uncharacteristic laziness and the chorus lyrics (“Does it make you cold to know I’d never die for you”) do little to inspire. The EP concludes with “Sand in Your Shoes (acoustic),” an innocent and relatively run-of-the-mill acoustic ballad that showcases the upper end of Young’s vocal range rather nicely without actually accomplishing much else.

The Bright Lights EP offers a teaser in preparation for the next full-length offering from This Providence. Ardent fans may be satisfied, but all others should grab the first track and play the hell out of it until the next album surfaces.


Give it a try if you like…Valencia, October Fall, Daphne Loves Derby, Waking Ashland


Hear it on the internetzOfficial Myspace | Official Webpage


Track List1. Waste Myself
2. My Beautiful Rescue (Renovated)
3. Hopeless
4. Sand in Your Shoes (acoustic)
 
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02:03 PM on 10/10/08
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jusscali
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Haah wholeheartedly agree...play the hell out of it I already have, play the hell out of it I shall continue to do so.
03:00 PM on 10/10/08
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I can't stand the new version of "My Beautiful Rescue" -- like you said, slow and boring.

You pretty much summed it up perfectly here -- first track is solid, the rest could have been left out.
03:41 PM on 10/10/08
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Waste Myself is definitely solid.
04:17 PM on 10/10/08
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I wonder if "Waste Myself" is going to be on the next full length?
05:44 PM on 10/10/08
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I really love Waste Myself.
11:09 AM on 10/11/08
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Pretty much agree here; I thought hopeless was ok though.
08:06 PM on 10/11/08
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Yeah, the remake of "Beautiful Rescue" was definitely a bad idea.
10:11 AM on 10/12/08
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The remake of "My Beautiful Rescue" stemmed from FBR asking the band to re-record a track from their S/T album to add more songs (aka "filler") to the EP.
10:19 AM on 10/12/08
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I always thought the original "My Beautiful Rescue" seemed a little under-done, compared to the rest of their S/T. But it's a solid song, either way.
10:25 AM on 10/12/08
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Wow 'My Beautiful Rescue' sounds terrible
10:53 AM on 10/12/08
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I can't stand the new version of "My Beautiful Rescue" -- like you said, slow and boring.

You pretty much summed it up perfectly here -- first track is solid, the rest could have been left out.

Yeah Im listening to MBR right now and its just not good at all. The music just really bothers me for some reason
11:31 AM on 10/12/08
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I still have faith they'll put out a solid album.
11:32 AM on 10/12/08
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I miss their old music. Saw them live twice this week, one headlining show and one support for the Reliant K tour and I'm not a big fan of the new stuff, and they don't seem happy playing it. At their headlining show they played both versions of "My Beautiful Rescue" by request from the whole crowd. I just wish they would play some stuff off Our Worlds Divorce but I doubt they ever will. As long as they keep playing stuff off the S/T I will be satisfied.
12:04 PM on 10/12/08
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I love Sand In Your Shoes.
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