Release Date: Out Now Website: www.myspace.com/thisprovidence When I hit the space bar to play This Providence's 'Who Are You Now?' I thought maybe I'd missed the T off This Providence and landed on Hot Hot Heat. Checking back it's definitely This Providence, exactly might be an over-exaggeration but it's pretty damn close. 'Who Are You Now?' is This Providence's third offering and is filled with the not-so-groundbreaking songs about lost loves and broken hearts in a typically American Emo-pop way. It's an Emo-pop album written to the textbook; very, very polished production, self-deprecating songs, self-pitying songs and even the obligatory token acoustic track. It's not a bad one at that, 'Sand In Your Shoes' show's a possible new avenue for This Providence, they do acoustic emo as good as the rest of their ilk. This Providence are probably a little disappointed the O.C stopped as they'd be playing on that cash cow at some point no question. Whilst it may not be anything new or breaking any new boundaries 'Who Are You Now?' is really quite likeable. Things go a bit too far in the chorus of 'Keeping On Without You,' singing “I can't keep going without you,” especially when the acoustic rears it's head in the exact spot you'd be expecting it to appear (the little breakdown after the second chorus for the uninitiated). The album flits between acoustic backed songs to fast paced Emo-pop of the parties on those numerous American teen soaps as frequently as Cute Is What We Aim For, just without the very annoying C.I.S.W.W.A.F voice. This Providence almost do the rounds on their emo-pop contemporaries, the Hot Hot Heat vocal, the acoustics of Cute Is What We Aim For, the off beat drums of Panic! on 'Squeaking Wheels and White Lights,' Boys Like Girls for 'My Beautiful Rescue' and the list goes on. And as you'd expect the choruses are made to be sung-along to and nothing more so than 'That Girl's A Trick,' the chorus lifts the song from mediocrity and saves the song from going nowhere. Typical is the most common word here, but it not as bad as that sounds. This Providence may become one of those bands where everyone among the scene will say they “Don't mind.” They are never going to contend with the likes of Taking Back Sunday or Brand New, they just aren't interesting enough but they fit well along side The All-American Rejects and all the other middle of the road Emo-pop bands. Luckily for This Providence, anyone aged about fourteen or fifteen is probably going to love them anyway.