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Sparta

Wiretap Scars

(Members From At The Drive In)

Dreamworks 450366

Released on August 13, 2002

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Sparta frontman Jim Ward screams "how can you sleep at night" on the punk juggernaut "Cut Your Ribbon," the first single from the band's debut full-length, Wiretap Scars. From the beginning, Sparta sets things up to be raw and confrontational. An emo band but without the whining, Sparta would rather sucker-punch you in the jaw, unlike Dashboard Confessional, with thought-provoking lyrics. "Air" and "Sans Cosm" are spirals of emotion with intense guitar riffs and Ward's curdling vocal growl. "Collapse" and "Rx Coup" are more melodic, but don't expect to find any candied punk edges. Wiretap Scars illustrates Sparta's ambition to move beyond At the Drive-In, but also the bandmembers' attempt to steer clear of mainstream emocore.

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Average Customer Rating: 4.5 with 10 reviews (See Below)
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Song Titles
# Song Name Popularity
1 Cut Your Ribbon Voted #1  21%
2 Air Voted #2  14%
3 Mye  7%
4 Collapse Voted #3  11%
5 Sans Cosm  7%
6 Light Burns Clear  5%
7 Cataract  6%
8 Red Alibi  6%
9 Rx Coup  4%
10 Glasshouse Tarot  7%
11 Echodyne Harmonic  7%
12 Assemble The Empire  5%
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Robert from Sandy, OR 
Jan 25 2005 Rating: 5/5 Stars

I could not be more pleased with this album. After listening to Porcelain, I really wanted this CD, badly. Then I listened to Glasshouse Tarot, and Collapse, two songs off of Wiretap Scars. I wanted this CD more. Finally, I ordered it, and listened to it. It exceeded my expectations by like two thousand billion times. I love this cd, and you should too.

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Nick from Chicago, IL 
Jul 24 2004 Rating: 3/5 Stars

I'm really trying to like this cd, because i feel like it has all the right ingredients. the vocals remind me of quicksand, and the music reminds me of muse. but maybe it's that the shouting doesn't work so well over the jangling guitars and bubbly keyboards. more likely, it's that i don't get any real emotion from it, the beat doesn't get me moving, there's nothing catchy to keep me coming back, and the skills of the musicians aren't all that impressive. it's not all that bad, but quite unremarkable.

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Jonathan from Bayville, NJ 
May 8 2004 Rating: 5/5 Stars

I have 1 problem with this cd...it doesn't want to be taken out of my cd player!..it's always finding it's way back in...i take it out...then BAM it's back in...WTF?

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Dilip from Lakeland, FL 
Aug 25 2003 Rating: 5/5 Stars

this is damn good shit. sounds a lopt like at the drive in...some very good songs gracing this album...the only down side is some of the straight emo sucks...but still damn good and reccomended

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Jordan from Apo, AP 
Aug 15 2003 Rating: 4/5 Stars

This Cd is extremely well done. Even though is is made up of most of ATDI, it sounds nothing like them. They completely re-invented themselves. You really cant compare the two bands, but quality wise they are equal. They have a well produced indie-emo sound which is different from most the crap coming out today. You should definitely check the CD out. It is on my list of top Cd's of 2002.

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Kevin from Modesto, CA 
Feb 12 2003 Rating: 5/5 Stars

What Can I say this is a kick ass cd very very good. its one of my favorite cds and made Sparta one of my favorite bands.This cd is great it has some song on it that were originally on relationship of command by At The Drive-In. I think sparta is even better that ATDI.

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Amy from Prunedale, CA 
Dec 23 2002 Rating: 5/5 Stars

what an awesome cd. great great great! i was anticipating their full length and i was extremely excited when i first listened to it because it was so good.

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Sylvia from Cape Coral, FL 
Nov 24 2002 Rating: 5/5 Stars

This CD is awesome. There are 3/5 of ATDI (At the Drive- In) Jim, Tony and Paul and then the new guy is Matt. I think that ATDI was complete and splitting up they divided their talents. Jim is an amazing guitarist and singing wise he can hold his own, but he is no Cedric Bixler. Being a big fan of ATDI I looked into this band and Mars Volta and they are both great. Sparta has the musical feel of ATDI with the guitars and Mars Volta has the lyrical feel of ATDI. So if you're a fan of ATDI check this CD out, and give it a listen. I also suggest you check out Concertina by Mars Volta somehow because it is an amazing song. Getting back to the CD, the best songs by far are Cut Your Ribbon with his powerful screaming asking if how can you sleep at night, Mye with its funky mellow to loud rocking sound. Then there is Air and Collapse which have great lyrics. Cataract is a great song too. In the video for Cut Your Ribbon aren't his eyes amazing? If you haven't seen the video look on their website. Jim is so hot in that video. As always I must express that Jim is hot, so is Cedric and Geoff Rickly. Rock on everyone!

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Stephen from Merrick, NY 
Nov 13 2002 Rating: 5/5 Stars

WOW! Sparta is by far one of the best bands out there today. This album is absolutely amazing. When I found out that members of At The Drive In had formed another band after their recent break up, I wasted no time in checking them out. ATDI had been one of my favorite bands for years and Sparta picked up right where they left off. Alittle more melodic and emo than their previous ATDI days, but definately a canidate for album of the year. The songs are catchy, technical, well-thought and heartfelt. If you know what's good for you, you should waste no time at adding this item to your cart right now. (also check out The Mars Volta featuring the other ex members of ATDI)

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Kristofer from Malmรถ, Sweden 
Sep 10 2002 Rating: 4/5 Stars

Great record from former ATD-I members, much influenced by the likes of Fugazi, Quicksand and ATD-I (duh!). Excellent production too by the ever so reliable Jerry Finn. More variety to the singing and it would score a fiver...

 
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