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Sparta's last album sold over 125K. They will be on tour with Engine Down and Lollapalooza this summer.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
Most recent customer reviews
this cd is so rad i can listen to it from beginning to end, best cd ive heard in a whilePublished on Oct. 18 2004
Ugh. Makes your estomac (stomach) twist-and-turn. Halfway through this album will make you regret that you've bought this album for 14.99!!!!! Crap :-(Published on Sept. 16 2004
I bought wire tap scars a few months ago and was totally blown away by the C.D. Porcelain however is much more subdued and although most of the songs are good it seems they put... Read morePublished on July 17 2004
Wiretap Scars was amazing, and I was wary of the followup. Fortunately, Sparta knows what they're doing, focuses on developing their former sound instead of trying too hard to... Read morePublished on July 16 2004
To me it has more of the ATD sound than Wiretap Scars, which is an excellent CD.
Put it in your car, play it, and on the about the 3rd time through, you'll be giving it 5... Read more
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