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Sparta Audio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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Porcelain + Threes + Wiretap Scars
Price For All Three: CDN$ 45.35

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1. Guns Of Memorial Park
2. Hiss The Villain
3. While Oceana Sleeps
4. La Cerca
5. Breaking The Broken
6. Lines In Sand
7. End Moraine
8. Death In The Family
9. Syncope
10. Tensioning
11. Travel By Bloodline
12. P.O.M.E.
13. From Now To Never
14. Splinters

Product Description

Product Description

Sparta's last album sold over 125K. They will be on tour with Engine Down and Lollapalooza this summer.

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Sparta ~ Porcelain

Customer Reviews

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3.0 out of 5 stars actually 3 and a half... July 26 2004
By Timmy P
Format:Audio CD
I would have given this record three and a half stars, but amazon won't let me. Ok so when i first picked this up, it didn't really do too much for me. I mean, it sounded like Sparta, but was no where near as varied or experimental as Wiretap Scars. I kinda left it for a few days, after only giving it about 2 listens. For some odd reason, i felt like giving it another chance to sweep me away. And that it finally did. It takes a bit of getting used to, but sparta has made a cohesive album of gut-wrenching, powerful and emotional songs. You can definately tell these guys are giving it all they've got and thats what really counts. I've been listening to this record nonstop now for last 3 days and its quickly becoming one of my personal favourites. I find, though, that its better not to compare it to Wiretap Scars because, then, you would be missing the point. I beleive Sparta is continually trying to re-invent themselves and releasing another record of the same material would not do this. Porcelain is an alotgether beautiful and emotionally charged record that will definately take you on a ride, as long as you're willing to let it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sophistication rears its head July 13 2004
Format:Audio CD
After a good, solid, restrained debut and a sort of fuzzy EP (which came earlier, and was re-worked for said debut album), Sparta has returned with a more cohesive sort of album, as opposed to what I choose to term a "collection of songs."
This is not to say there is a thing wrong with "collection of songs" albums, but they aren't as interesting as a WHOLE work (better take in as the parts that make up the whole).
But that's the last album.
Porcelain has increased instrumentation, with a few short instrumental tracks interspersed between songs that are as strong as ever otherwise. I must stress that these tracks are added TASTEFULLY; it does not feel as if it came across as "Hey, let's do some instrumental stuff for 'artistic' credibility." They are appropriate, and "Syncope" is, for certain, beautiful. The lead-off song (heard on their website), "Breaking the Broken," oddly does not feel as if it should be the stand-alone light to guide the unfamiliar toward the album. I would have chosen "La Cerca" for its strong, and quite catchy, chorus.
Still. Quibbles on marketing decisions aren't terribly relevant to the album's quality, are they?
The title is an appropriate one (though I fear the prejudicial cynics may find it appropriate for wholly immature reasons) in that the sounds of the record (including an interesting sort of harmonic sound to "While Oceana Sleeps" and some very, very subdued strings) are very smooth and calm, and very...well, "swirling" is the word that comes to mind. The rhythm section is tight as usual, especially Tony's drumming, but the songs swirl nonetheless, even if it is very restrained and planned swirling.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rock music for the easily shattered. July 13 2004
Format:Audio CD
Sparta is a band with a lot to live up to. Formed from the ashes of At the Drive-In, considered in its time to be the Next Big Thing, Sparta has competition from the two former bandmembers who didn't join them. Those two band members formed The Mars Volta, a band that pushes the envelope much farther than even ATDI ever did. So what has Sparta done? They have made progressively more pop-minded rock, first in their debut album Wiretap Scars and now in this latest release. In other words, they've gone in the complete opposite direction of their former mates in The Mars Volta.
This was a good move for them, because they could not possibly compete in the creativity department. What they have done better, though, is to create emotionally satisfying pop rock that has more potential for mainstream crossover appeal. For the emo kid fans of ATDI, this will be the band for them. Those who appreciated the experimental side of the band more will be disappointed, but may still find something to like here.
Porcelain is a competant album and an enjoyable listen taken on its own merits. If Sparta didn't have so much to live up to, they would probably get a lot more praise for it than they are likely to. When you've come from a band as revolutionary as ATDI, though, competant just isn't good enough.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A refreshing change from the norm... Oct. 22 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is a very creative and well put together album...and what else would you expect from three former members of A.T.D.I? These guys are definitely sticking to their formula which molded them into one of the most truly original sounding bands to this day. And besides, it's nice to hear something different from the watered down emo/screamo/pop-punk of today. "While oceana sleeps" could very possibly be the best song the band has ever released collectively...but don't take my word for it, just listen to "Porcelain" and you'll see how amazing this album is. So if it's so great...why not a five star rating? Because these guys are still slightly riding the genre bending coattails of A.T.D.I...but as you know 3/5 of the band is made up the latter mentioned...so who can blame them for sticking to something that works.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very solid follow-up to Wiretap Scars July 13 2004
Format:Audio CD
I think Sparta have finally carved their niche with this album and proved that they can do amazing things post At The Drive-In. Amazing songs pretty much throughout, especially with "While Oceana Sleeps", Breaking The Broken", "Travel By Bloodline". The closer to the album "Splinters" is absolutely amazing. All in all I think a very strong follow-up album to Wiretap Scars. The only reason I'm giving it 4/5 is because I think the production and mixing is a little below what Jerry Finn can do. But again this is simply my opinion and I do realize that they were probably going for a "rawer" sound that the last album.
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