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.