Porcelain - Sparta
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 18 Ratings

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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.
Score distribution:
  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