Threes - Sparta
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  • Summary: This is the third album for project that began as a spin-off from At The Drive-In but has since lost founding guitarist Paul Hinojos (who is replaced for this album with Denali's Keeley Davis).
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 15
  2. Negative: 2 out of 15
  1. Their most accomplished and least anxious record yet. [Nov 2006, p.182]
  2. Sparta... sounds like a beast that's broken its chains and is fighting between the road ahead and going back from whence it came.
  3. 80
    As emo-tastic as Threes is, it merely sizzles in ways their debut singed. [Oct 2006, p.128]
  4. 70
    Call it diversity; call it inconsistency; whatever. Moving in some direction is half the battle. [#22, p.93]
  5. The group is a conglomeration of influences that, while pleasant enough, doesn't rise above being anything more than a mixing board of cool-sounding favorites.
  6. 60
    Sparta have evolved, with a melodic approach and a postdepression, fist-pumping attitude. [Nov 2006, p.104]
  7. A nearly unlistenable, shiny mess of weepy college rock.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. SeamusS
    Oct 24, 2006
    I recognize in writing this how delicate the subject of Sparta is. Knowing all too well that there are many militant Mars Volta fans out there who'd love to bring my head to Omar upon hearing my argument against their existance, I ask now that they listen with unpretentious ears to Sparta's latest offering. Comming of the heels of every other artist's political epiphany, Sparta took to arms (along with a new member) and recorded a new album. Though not as humbled and down to the roots as Wiretap Scars or as sad and longing as Porcelain, it retains many of the best qualities that Sparta's offered in the past. The lyrics now are bitter and filled with a politically fuled rage targeted clearly at our current administration. Unlike their counterpart (The Volta), they get their point across without alienating their fans. As any good political artist, they lyrics make their presence known by working on more than one level, emotional and political. Expand
  2. SeanH
    Oct 27, 2006
    An Amazing album. Jim said this was supposed to be a cultimation or graduation of their work, it felt to me like they walked past the stage and straight into college with flying colors. You can hear traces of prior work but really this is a completely different sounding album that is incredible. Expand
  3. DerricL
    Nov 11, 2006
    This one took me a couple listens, but I enjoy it every bit as much as thier previous two, excellent album!
  4. NathanG
    Jan 11, 2007
    This album is brilliant! I don't know what the critics are on about but I can't find a song on that album which iI don't love!! Sparta ROCKS! Expand
  5. JenyaC
    Dec 9, 2006
    Flawless & full of depth. Dark in its tone, but easy on the spirit. I could not recommend it more.
  6. AlexJ
    Oct 28, 2006
    Excellent Album! I think it's their best. It's their most mature album yet. I don't understand why the Austin chronicle critic is so harsh. I just hope they have the success they deserve with this album. Expand