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Wiretap Scars

Sparta Audio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
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1. Cut Your Ribbon
2. Air
3. Mye
4. Collapse
5. Sans Cosm
6. Light Burns Clear
7. Cataract
8. Red Alibi
9. RX Coup
10. Glasshouse Tarot
11. Echodyne Harmonic
12. Assemble The Empire

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When hirsute El Paso, Texas, emo gods At the Drive-In abruptly called it quits and split into two factions--unofficially, the afros and non-afros--dismayed fans feared that it spelled the end for their pummeling, tight-wire guitar rock. Not so. While hairy frontman Cedric Bixler and guitarist Omar Rodriguez did, indeed, venture into weirdo space jazz under the name the Mars Volta, guitarist Jim Ward, bassist Paul Hinojos, and drummer Tony Hajjar stay on course as Sparta. Wiretap Scars echoes the reckless beauty of the trio's former band. The album features raw punk fury on "Cut Your Ribbon," emotional dissonance in "Cataract," and an absurdly exuberant melody ("Glasshouse Tarot") or two ("Mye") scattered about. And it rocks like a bastard. --Aidin Vaziri

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Sparta ~ Wiretap Scars

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3.0 out of 5 stars i made a mistake... Feb. 17 2005
Format:Audio CD
i made a huge mistake with this album, i heard the demos before i heard the finished versions. if anyone else did this then i would think they would probably agree with me when i say that Jerry Finn, as he does with so many other bands, sucked the life out of this album. i like the songs, some of them i love, but none of these versions stack up to the demos, they all sound clinical and passionless in comparison. one large part of this is the damned vocal tuning Jerry Finn seems intent on putting onto EVERYTHING he records, but also it just lacks the soul that you can hear easily enough on 'austere' even. anyway, it is a good album, just don't listen to the demos if anyone offers them to you, otherwise you'll be ruined for this cd.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Look past moptop revival bands and find Sparta Aug. 10 2003
Format:Audio CD
It's so refreshing to see bands that defy any simple categorization like "emocore" or "post seminal hardcore britpop skacore" or whatever the pretentious scenesters are telling us to listen to nowadays. I saw Sparta open for Pearl Jam on the first leg of the 2003 Riot Act tour, and I thought they were amazing in their honesty and powerful yet somewhat reserved energy onstage. I had heard a few songs long before the show ever came, so I was excited to hear that they were opening. After getting home from the show, I bought this album and have loved it ever since. I was and am a big fan of At the Drive-In, but Sparta is a completely different band in the sense that their music, lyrics, and vocals seem less forced and pretense-driven than ATDI. The music is mostly guitar-driven, but that's not to say that they sound like Thursday or something. These guys just deliver what they deliver without putting any kind of scene tattoo on it, without whining about girlfriends, and without screaming like babies. The music is incredible because it is very layered and textured, which is rare for a lot of modern rock bands right now. It takes the listener on an emotional rollercoaster (I know that's really cliche, but it's all I could think of.) There are times when it rocks really hard and makes the listener soar, especially on "Sans Cosm". Likewise, the ridiculosly beautiful textures on "Collapse", "Air", and especially "Glasshouse Tarot" just put a smile on my face every time. Look, stop comparing these guys to At the Drive-In and Mars Volta, the other "post- at the drive in break up" band. Mars Volta is OK, but Sparta makes them look like losers that missed their chance. Pick this CD up now and see them live soon. If they rocked like they did in the monstrous HiFi Buys Ampitheatre in Atlanta, GA opening for the stellar Pearl Jam, I can only imagine what they're like in a smaller, more personal venue. Nevermind the White Stripes: here's Sparta.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums of 2002 Dec 26 2002
Format:Audio CD
This album delivers! From the first song to the last song, its an amazing album. It has crunch in songs like 'Cut Your Ribbon', 'Red Alibi' and 'Air'. It also has deep melodic sounds in 'Collapse', 'Glasshouse Tarot' and 'Echodyne Harmonic'.
This cd is a must have, your cd collection is not complete without it. You won't regret it...i promise.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sparta cd July 9 2004
Format:Audio CD
This cd is awesome. i went to see them in toronto on july 6th with incubus and they were awesome. had a standing ovation.. ppl loved them as well i do.. there great. keep up the good work guys! .. hope to see u in toronto again!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Rock July 4 2004
By graham
Format:Audio CD
After the break up of ATDI i found out about sparta and the mars volta. ATDI have two sides of them the electronic/mystical and the hard rocking side. When ATDi broke up these two sides split up into the rock side Sparta and the mystical side that became the mars volta. Sparta albumn is a good album not as a good as relatinship of command. Wiretap Scars has no bad songs and the more you listen to it the more it grows on you. The best songs on the album are cut your ribbon, light burns clear but the rest are still good.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Worst CD I Own June 27 2004
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This is by far the most boring album I own...If the opening track "Cut Your Ribbon" is the heaviest they can get then there is no impressing me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars my favorite song skips midway :( May 10 2004
Format:Audio CD
Split at the drive-in down the middle, this is the most ordinary and textbook of the 2 bands. Made up of their rhythm section + a new guitarist. Their focus is more melodic and very poignant in that. otherwise the album would flop.
My favorite tracks are the less edgy ones with the electronic riffs constructed on the last 2 tracks "assemble the empire" and "echnodyne harmonic" but the cd soars musically with the chilling base of "glasshouse tarot" and the crescendo in the 6th track (my favorite) "light burns clear" in its chorus "fan the flames to the landslide:crown yourself in the wake: we play this disaster:fanfare, fanfare, liar"
Songs like "cataract" which is also on their ep and "collapse" adds a hauntingly spooky element. Cataract bears a resemblance to the at the drive-in track "invalid litter dept."
I did give it a 4 because its edge was rough, its a part of their sound they can either stray from or improve on their follow-up "porcelain" which is due in july. "cut your ribbon" didnt do much for me and neither does "air" but i like the rest of the cd perfect.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive April 25 2004
By Dan
Format:Audio CD
I bought this cd with 'The Mars Voltas' 'Deloused.....' And I can say without a doubt that The Mars Volta made a better album. I'm not saying Sparta is bad, its just so hard to compete with an album like 'De-loused'. It is however very hard to compare these two bands since they have very different styles. I think Sparta is at their best on mellow tracks. ie. 'Collapse' and 'Echodyne Harmonic' are my favorite tracks and also the only tracks that have no screaming. 'Cut the Ribbon' is also a great track if you like the more aggresive Sparta. Overall, I think Sparta did an above-average job on this album, but it is not as spectacular as people have made it out to be.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Middling
When listening to this CD and the Mars Volta's De-Loused In The Comatorium, it's very easy to see where all the talent in ATDI ended up. And it's not in Sparta. Read more
Published on June 2 2004 by A Cow
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing band
Anyone that reviews this album after only a couple of listens need not be heard. Your opinion is biased! Read more
Published on March 23 2004 by TheWarInside
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated
So many people compare Sparta to the Mars Volta when they honestly shouldn't because they came from At the Drive-In. Read more
Published on Feb. 21 2004 by Anton
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent potential, but not quite there yet
As someone who was always a big At the Drive In fan, I was of course very interested in hearing both Sparta and Mars Volta. Read more
Published on Feb. 18 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars worth the time to write a review.
First of all, i never write reviews for anything. I'm too lazy. But i have to at least say something about this CD. It is totally awesome. Read more
Published on Feb. 8 2004 by David Noto
3.0 out of 5 stars It's Almost Good Enough
While I wouldn't call myself much of an At The Drive In fan there were some tracks that you couldn't help but admit were great, sadly I never got into much of the rest. Read more
Published on Jan. 9 2004 by Vince401
5.0 out of 5 stars what ATDI did
At the drive in was one of the most creative bands to come out of this era, until they split and made two new insanely creative bands, Mars Volta and Sparta. Read more
Published on Dec 29 2003 by music101
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