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Product details

  • Audio CD (5 July 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: ABC Classics
  • ASIN: B0002FQBCO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 479,820 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Guns Of Memorial Park
  2. Hiss The Villain
  3. While Oceana Sleeps
  4. La Cerca
  5. Breaking The Broken
  6. Lines In Sand
  7. End Moraine
  8. Death In The Family
  9. Syncope
  10. Tensioning
  11. Travel By Bloodline
  12. P.O.M.E.
  13. From Now To Never
  14. Splinters

Product Description

CD -EAN 602498627594-GEFFEN-2004 -MADE IN THE EU

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By A Customer on 21 July 2004
Format: Audio CD
This 'fro-less faction formed from the late, lamented At the Drive-In has thus far lived in the shadow of fluffy-haired ex-bandmates (and critics' darlings) the Mars Volta. And just like their choice in hairstyles, Sparta is the less adventurous and eclectic of the two. But where the Mars Volta is all fits, starts and drastic sonic tangents, Sparta sets a steady mood and tone on its second album that's easy to warm up to.
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.
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I think that the people who gave this album poor reviews should give it a few more listens. At first i was pretty disappointed, it wasn't as instantly catchy as 'Wiretap Scars'; but i stuck with it and found that each song has its own gorgeous harmonies and underlying melodies which make it a fulfilling listen. Not a classic, but certainly worth the money and the time it takes to fully appreciate it.
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As you will have no doubt guessed by now, Sparta are one of the two bands that rose from the ashes of At the Drive-in. Whereas the Mars Volta are a more eclectic and progessive band, Sparta still hold some of their ATDI qualities but still evolve enough to create their own sound.
"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.
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Wiretap scars took a while to sink in. Bearing this in mind, I've lived with Porcelain for a while before submitting this review. As I expected, this album was quite disappointing on first listen. Only one of 15 tracks really grabbing me - 'While Oceana sleeps'. I stuck it on my Ipod and thought, OK, let's give it a few runs through. By my 4th/5th listen I was hooked.
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!
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I first heard porcelain a few years back and it didn't do a lot for me at first, but I listened to it for a second time and thought 'this is pretty good' and since then I can safely say Sparta are my favourite band, they combine solid percussion and riffs with resonant, epic sounding vocals and just never fail to hit the right notes. It's all to easy to compare Sparta with ATDI, but I have to say that before I got into Sparta I loved ATDI. Sparta are fantastic in their own right and don't really bear much resemblance to ATDI, but instead have found their own sound, and I'd recognise their music anywhere, it's great and everyone should own this album.
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