Porcelain - Sparta
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  • Summary: The El Paso, Texas four-piece (featuring those members of At The Drive-In who didn't join the Mars Volta) return with a second full-length, produced by Mike Major.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. There's just no getting around how much stronger Sparta are than so many of their peers.
  2. There's enough melody and structure to keep one engaged.
  3. This is intense, serious music for serious times, and writing off Sparta as the "other," less interesting half of their previous group would be a major mistake.
  4. For every standout track on the record there is another song where Sparta takes a step back to assess the situation and falters a little bit.
  5. Porcelain's aggressively hopeful, generic alt-rock anthems just aren't very interesting.
  6. Porcelain neither builds on the promise of Wiretap Scars nor cashes in on the band's gifted heritage.
  7. Porcelain's angry opener "Guns of Memorial Park" sets the stage for a shoot-out, but as soon as "Hiss the Villain" bears its teeth, it's clear the fire has left Ward's belly.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. stevec
    Dec 8, 2004
    i cant get this out of my head, porcelain shows the softer side of lead singer matt miller, i feel this album tops wiretap scars because i feel miller was not on the same page as the electric pumped former members of ATDI, now with there personal styles combined, you have a complete sound that came out to be a masterpiece Expand
  2. [Anonymous]
    Jan 12, 2005
    Great Band
  3. benlol
    Mar 15, 2006
    Awesome Album, people give them such bad reviews for odd reasons, either their songs are too basic for people or too eccentric, grow up.
  4. RobR
    Jul 16, 2004
    While it may not measure up to their first album "Wiretap Scars", it's a beautifully melodic album that combines Fugazi with RadioHead. They remain the better half of the split up of the band At the Drive in. Expand
  5. RambeztD
    Jul 27, 2004
    C'mon guys, lets be serious here. I've been a fan since before Wiretap came out (since summer '02), but I can't wrap myself around this as much as Deloused in the Comatorium. Don't let your bias influence the rating you give this album. While not horrible, this album is only OK. Songs 1, 2, 3, and 5 are the only songs I can stomach after a full listen of the album. Wiretap Scars was far better, and the Mars Volta's EP and DitC are both far better than Wiretap. Expand
  6. RainZ
    Aug 17, 2004
    good cd, i think this is best EMO what is allready released;) best just will only comming up, but at all this is now just good... thursday and Deep insight are best of all time emo's;) Expand
  7. Chris
    Feb 25, 2005
    these guys are nothing without Cederic and Omar. Wiretap scars was ok, but when hearing this albumn it is clear that their music making days are over

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