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Three albums. Three record labels. Three minor reinventions and just as many artistic progressions. Sparta are one of the punk community's most consistent and widely respected bands for good reasons. Three's, their first album with former Engine Down/Denali guitarist Keeley Davis onboard, is perhaps their most accomplished and least anxious record yet. Most of the wrinkles from front man Jim Ward's strained tenor have been smoothed, particularly on "Erase It Again," where he genuinely channels Bono's knack for making small stories sound huge. Ward's vocal improvement is dramatic, no question, but without Davis, it's hard to imagine Sparta songs sounding so expansive as "Unstitch Your Mouth." Behind Ward's expanding register, Sparta finally seem intent on realizing their destiny as an arena-filling, life-changing band. Once these players' relationships evolve further, their future's as wide as their sound's become. - Alternative Press 2006
Sparta combine the quirky elements of indie rock--unusual start-stop riffs and guitar skwonks--with anthemic choruses and surprisingly uplifting melodies, emerging with an uplifting and intelligent form of arena rock. The band also gets its prog on with the moody "Unstitch Your Mouth," a track that calls to mind The Wall-era Pink Floyd as much as it recalls anything heard in VFW halls and blaring from dorm rooms today, and "Atlas," which could easily be an outtake from Radiohead's OK Computer. That's not to say that Sparta's sound doesn't have a sense of originality. Much of Threes--the sonic maelstrom "Untreatable Disease," the epic "The Most Vicious Crime," and the made-for-the-stage, U2-esque "Weather the Storm"--proves that this is a band to watch, one that other acts will look to in the future for inspiration. Threes isn't a classic album--there are some moments that need trimming on some of the record's latter tracks and the quartet could stand to mask its influences more often--but the 12-song collection does demonstrate that Sparta are in the rock & roll game for the long haul. --Jedd Beaudoin
Top Customer Reviews
But I can tell you that the sound quality is amazing, very good sound production. This band seems hard to categorize, it has some punk elements and it also has a poppier side. All in all its just a very good balance of agressivity and more high spirited emotions. Can't wait to hear more Sparta!
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This album does show development in a few places, like the insistent rockers "Taking Back Control" and "The Most Vicious Crime," plus the very effective power ballads "Unstitch Your Mouth" and "Atlas." Unfortunately, the professionalism of this album outweighs the passion by a mile, and other reviewers are correct in making comparisons to late-period U2. This is horrendously evident in "Erase It Again," "False Start," and "Without a Sound" among others. Striving to be as talented and accomplished as your idols is commendable, but Sparta have made a crucial wrong turn in trying to sound like their idols. And overall, this album comes up tragically short on memorable songwriting and passionate playing. Sparta once displayed those strengths in abundance and were ascending toward their own kind of greatness. You really have to hope that the absence of that magic here will only be temporary. [~doomsdayer520~]
When was the last time you actually listened to Wiretap Scars? I listened to it yesterday, as well as Porcelain, as well as Threes (went to see them last night so was gearing up for the show) and I must say I think Threes is great. Personally, it feels like an expansion of Wiretap Scars for me - almost a more complete sound. The songwriting seems tighter, the arrangements better, they seem to be better musicians. I guess if you like something more raw and unrefined then you might not like Threes, but I don't think it's good enough to not like something just because it doesn't sound like something you've already heard. If you want to hear Wiretap Scars, listen to Wiretap Scars.
LONG LIVE SPARTA!!
On this album, Keeley Davis (formerly of the very underrated Engine Down) almost single-handedly has given Sparta a much needed facelift. Either that or Jim Ward finally got a new muse in songwriting and is just killing it. From Davis' backing vocals and dissonant guitar lines to the rhythm section of Hijinos and Hajar finally hitting their stride, "Threes" shows Sparta finally taking the next step and making a much more emotional and creative album.
Now I realize the reason why I liked this band more than Mars Volta. With absolute respect to Volta (who I still like) Sparta's writing songs you can actually connect with on an emotional level without posturing behind 15 guitar solos.
Pick this album up, you'll be surprised.
Fans of this album should check out Davis' previous band Engine Down's self-titled album and "Demure".