Porcelain [Australian Import] Import
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Better yet, there's enough melody and structure to keep one engaged. Shrill, shimmering guitars and Jim Ward's warbly vocals give the Texans an uncharacteristic new wave-y vibe that isn't afraid to rage on punky ditties like "Hiss the Villain." And that plain kicks ass, no matter what their hair looks like.
"Porcelain" is an excellent album. Musically it's not as out there or as complex as the Mars Volta, but that doesn't take away from the fact that Sparta have created a solid rock album. Every track on it is likeable, and you will rarely skip over any tracks. The first single from this album, "Breaking the Broken" is quite excellent and a great song to promote the album with, it's heavy enough and easy enough to listen to which attracts both crowds from the 'rock' spectrum.
Stand out tracks include the explosive "Guns of Memorial Park" which is reminiscent of ATDI "Relationship of Command". "Lines in Sand", one of the albums slow tracks, but boasts a nice bassline and soundscape. My personal favourite(s) are the tracks "Syncope" (the intro to "Tensioning") and "Tensioning". "Syncope" is just guitar and nothing more, but it sounds almost otherwordly, and leads into "Tensioning", a track that carries a lot of emotion, filled with wanting and sorrow. Fantastic.
Lyrically the album is great. The lyrics are sometimes odd, vague and at other times specific. A little similar to the lyrics on "De-loused in the Comatorium" but not as extreme. But the lyrics suit the music well.
The sound of the album comes in crisp and clear. At times the vocalist is a little hard to make out because of his singing style, nowhere near the melody that Cedric Zavala has currently. But it's similar to the singing style heard when listening to At the Drive-in.
Sparta aren't as explosive, or energetic as ATDI were or the Mars Volta are. But they've sacrificed that quality, to gain something deeper. Purchase this album, you won't be disappointed.
It's a very different album to 'Wiretap', and what a change. Don't get me wrong, you have to work at this album but believe me when I say it's well worth the effort. I think Sparta have surpassed themselves and released the album that they really wanted to and believed in. The work that has gone into the different moods and textures is truly great. Opener 'Guns of memorial park' sets the pace, with frantic guitar and great vocals. There are experimental parts such as the lonely guitar work of 'Syncope', the Radiohead-esque opening to 'Tensioning' and the drum madness of 'P.O.M.E.'. There are some real hints of ATD-I, especially on 1st single 'Breaking the broken', but it is all Sparta.
I love this album, it's brilliant summer driving music, and the depth of the song writing (excellent lyrics) should keep you coming back for more. It'll be very interesting to see where they go from here. IMO from strength to strength.
Overall, if you've read this far you're obviously interested in this CD. Don't hesitate, buy it now. You'll not be disappointed!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Porcelain is simply a beautifully composed, flowing album. It is not based on being catchy, but just writing good songs that emote a feeling of happiness once complete. Read morePublished on 4 Nov. 2006 by bronxlord
I really wanted to like this. The first record was good without being great but this is plain dull. Read morePublished on 22 Aug. 2004 by superherono1
"Porcelain" is a truely excellent album by an incredibly talented band. It just gets better the more you listen to it. Read morePublished on 22 Aug. 2004 by Danny Cannon