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  • Summary: This is the debut LP from the Texas band, which features three former members of At The Drive-In (including guitarist Jim Ward).
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. The anthemic cries for getting your crap in order are flavored with dashes of sonic experimentation and the knowledge of when to slow things down.
  2. Under intense pressure to "prove itself," Sparta has done perfectly fine.
  3. While the band's by-the-book emo and fondness for '90s Radiohead may not break new ground, they've still made a hell of a record whose familiarity makes it feel like an old favorite upon first listen. [Oct 2002, p.95]
  4. Sparta has made a smartly produced, superficially exciting record full of deafening electric hum, full-throated shouts, and quiet, intricately picked guitar breaks.
  5. Vacillates between supersoft verses and garishly loud hooks, undermining their attempts at lyrical nuance. [6 Sep 2002, p.86]
  6. 60
    It's in the quieter moments that Sparta truly shine. [#9, p.154]
  7. Far too often, 'Wiretap Scars' feels limp, lifeless, bereft of dynamics.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 0 out of 16