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The Wiretap Scars (UK Version)
 
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The Wiretap Scars (UK Version)

4 Aug. 2002 | Format: MP3

£5.99 (VAT included if applicable)
Also available in CD Format
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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 2002
  • Release Date: 4 Aug. 2002
  • Label: Polydor Associated Labels
  • Copyright: (C) 2002 SKG Music L.L.C.
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  • Total Length: 51:32
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  • ASIN: B001KO9M54
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,378 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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By A Customer on 16 Aug. 2002
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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By A Customer on 11 Nov. 2003
Format: Audio CD
hmmm, everyone seems to be just comparing Sparta with The Mars Volta, fair enough its an obvious comparison to make but they have both gone in totally different directions and shouldnt be compared. Its like comparing Newsnight to The Simpsons. That said, this album is a must buy for any punk, rock, metal or emo fan. It has a great blend of melodic tunes and more angry rock for whatever mood your in. Songs such as the beautiful 'Collapse' and the thumping, 'Cut Your Ribbon' are highlights. Buy this album AND De-Loused in the Comatorium by The Mars Volta like I did and you'll love them both in very different ways.
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By A Customer on 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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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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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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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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