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Wiretap Scars

Sparta Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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If you happened to walk by a certain street in a deserted part of El Paso, Texas last fall, you would have heard unusual sounds amid the clanking next to a furniture factory. Leaking out through the cracks, from what appeared to be an abandoned warehouse, were mysterious sounds of despair, growth, renewal, faith lost, and faith gained. Some of it was melodic, and some was dissonant, but all ... Read more in Amazon's Sparta Store

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  • Audio CD (12 Aug 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polydor Group
  • ASIN: B00006I4CU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,820 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Cut Your Ribbon 3:040.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Air 3:570.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Mye 3:390.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Collapse 4:170.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Sans Cosm 3:590.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Light Burns Clear 4:240.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Cataract 5:110.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Red Alibi 3:420.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. RX Coup 3:130.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Glasshouse Tarot 5:130.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Echodyne Harmonic 3:570.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Assemble The Empire 3:010.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Vacant Skies 3:550.79  Buy MP3 

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Wiretap Scars is the debut album from Sparta, who formed after At the Drive In took an extended sabbatical (i.e., split up) in March 2001, when world domination was within their grasp. Sparta features the three members without the Afros, sometimes cruelly and foolishly known as "the backing band". ATDI guitarist Jim Ward here takes on vocal duties, with bassist Paul Hinojos moving from bass to guitar, Tony Hajjar remaining behind the kit and bassist Matt Miller arriving from Belknap.

Musically, they've immediately found their feet. While ATDI's complex structures and penchant for chaotic crescendos remains, much of Wiretap Scars is far more subdued and melancholic than you'd expect. In fact, with their maudlin (and beautiful) keyboards, chiming guitars and warm undercurrents, the band they recall most often is the Cure, though the churning rock of "Light Burns Clear" and "Cataract" are more reminiscent of Jane's Addiction. Without losing vigour or anger, Sparta have traded some of ATDI's manic urgency in exchange for melody and, successfully finding their own voice, have made the right choice. Wiretap Scars is just the first step to stadium-filling success. --Dominic Wills

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Assemble The Empire 16 Aug 2002
By "turel"
Format:Audio CD
Assemble the empire, well these guys are certainly going to assemble a huge fanbase. If you havent heard of Sparta, they are one half of the legendary At The Drive-in. I know many critics have accused Sparta of cashing in on the ATD tag, but thats really not the case, especially with this LP. As soon as the drums kick in on the first track (and their first single) 'Cut Your Ribbon' you know your in for a treat. The album swings and swoops with creative guitar riffs, incredible drumming and emotional vocals. The whole album really doesnt have a bad song, everything seems to 'fit'. Saying this there are a couple of stand-out songs, 'MYE', 'Glasshouse Tarot' and the superb 'Echodyne Harmonic'. This album will probaly appeal to those who liked ATD or punk/emo. It really is a great achievement by Sparta, who in my books are destined for big things.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well I Never.... 7 July 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This album is rapidly becoming a favourite with many of the songs tapping along in my imagination many days after listening to the CD, especially Echodyne, which is a masterpiece of melancholy and technique. As Sparta's debut album, I was blown away at their accomplished song writing, and then realised that these guys had cut their teeth in a previous musical incarnation. How lucky for those of who are discovering the band members for the first time! I have also listened to Porcelain and Threes, and though I love Threes, for similar reasons, to my taste it lacks the fresh originality of Wiretap Scars. Don't get me wrong, Threes is a great album, but there are a swathe of bands making anthemic music at the moment, of which Sparta's take is up there with the best. But, and a big but, Wiretap Scars, is a real album - it slowly reveals its secrets over many listens!! Thoroughly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sparta vs the Mars volta 6 Sep 2006
Format:Audio CD
So the split up of ATDI happend, and gladley this album was created from the supposidly less talented side of the original band. I bought this album having heard Cut your ribbon, and also thinking that i could hold onto ATDI a little longer but what i found was a whole new direction filled with heart and soul. The first time you listen to this you will think great and then possibly never listen to it again, but with many albums you will listen again in a few months time and then it will hit you these songs really mean something and just seeing some of the live performances of these tracks especially on acoustic on the internet just show how hard sparta worked in producing this album... I recomend this very much !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better than ATD-I? 27 Aug 2002
Format:Audio CD
That was the question that I asked myself when I saw this album in the store, I am a big fan of At the Drive-in and after hearing the strange efforts of the lead singer's band (The Mars Volta) I was refreshed to read that Sparta were more of a straight-ahead rock band.
The first-track (Cut your Ribbon) is very reminiscent of ATD-I, spiky guitars and shouted vocals, although the highlights for me are the gently building "Collapse" and the heavier spiky "RX Coup" although all 13 tracks are strong and varied.
I have seen Sparta live at Reading festival this year and can confirm that they are every bit as good live as on record.
An essential purchase for everyone!
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5.0 out of 5 stars wiretap scars 15 Aug 2007
Format:Audio CD
for a start there is no need to constantly reference the mars volta, since it's a completely different sound (experimental progressive) whereas Sparta stick to a solid posthardcore sound, which is incredible.

I can't recommend this CD highly enough, these guys changed my whole music taste.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Promising Album 1 Jun 2005
Format:Audio CD
To start off I would say this is a very wrothwhile album and definitely worth listening to. The boys of Sparta are certainly talented and seem to have got a knack for melodic songwriting. As is expected some of the tracks are vrey obviously comparable to the sadly defunct ATD-I which is not a bad thing but I was left missing the sheer power of Cedrics vocals and the added insanity of Omars guitar on these songs. However they shine when they break free of the At the Drive-In mould.
The comparison with The Mars Volta is inevitable, and I would have to come down on the side of TMV as they are doing their own thing (which happens to be VERY good in my opinion) whilst Sparta seem to be clinging to the past a little.
To sum up I think they could really become a fantastic band if they let go of At the Drive-In and followed their own style.
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