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(Engine Down, Denali, At The Drive In)

Universal 2061626132

Released on October 24, 2006

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If you happened to walk by a certain street in a deserted part of El Paso, Texas last fall, you would have heard unusual sounds amid the clanking next to a furniture factory. Leaking out through the cracks, from what appeared to be an abandoned warehouse, were mysterious sounds of despair, growth, renewal, faith lost, and faith gained. Some of it was melodic, and some was dissonant, but all had a certain constant energy. If a passerby were a student of alternative rock, the warehouse songs would have been at once familiar but also distant, like a refrain lost in memory.

Inside the warehouse were the four men of Sparta, and those sessions were the genesis of Threes. That this muchanticipated album began in such humble origins is no accident, since Sparta picked the confines exactly because they were anonymous. “We wanted to strip away everything and get back to the songs themselves,” says singer/guitarist Jim Ward. “In a larger context, we wanted to explore why we even were a band. It was the perfect setting to do that: It was autumn in El Paso, and it was moody and stormy in the high desert. There was a sense of isolation and frontier to it. In many ways, it was the remaking of our band.”

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Average Customer Rating: 4.5 with 4 reviews (See Below)
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Song Titles
# Song Name Popularity
1 Untreatable Disease  6%
2 Crawl  11%
3 Unstitch Your Mouth Voted #1  26%
4 Taking Back Control  5%
5 Erase It Again  9%
6 Atlas Voted #3  14%
7 The Most Vicious Crime Voted #2  18%
8 False Start  3%
9 Weather The Storm  2%
10 Red.Right.Return (Straight In Our Hands)  5%
11 Without A Sound  2%
12 Translations (with Merry Clayton)  2%
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James from Canyon Country, CA 
May 8 2007 Rating: 5/5 Stars

this is a great record although I found porcelain to be a little better overall. strong song writing and very emotionly charged harmonys make sparta what they are and a band that is worth getting into.

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Johnny from Rialto, CA 
Apr 16 2007 Rating: 4/5 Stars

This CD is pretty good and it has some pretty good lryics in it Sparta is a good band.This band is really good you can't go wrong with Sparta.

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Matt from Pittsburgh, PA 
Feb 12 2007 Rating: 5/5 Stars

I think Sparta is kind of like the scene version of U2. That may sound horrible, but I mean it as a compliment. Sparta just seems to have that large scope, arena ready feel to their songs. Everything is big, from the riffs to the way the songs are often structured around a few lines and a big crescendo. Threes is easily their best record yet, as they finally seem to be comfortable in their little niche. Lyrically, it's a nice progression from Porcelain; the shift from mournful and confused to picking up and moving on is really nice.

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Chris from London, ON Canada 
Nov 8 2006 Rating: 3/5 Stars

Its not as good as Wiretap Scars and it might be better than Porcelean I haven't completley decided yet, but they defiently have come out of their shell a bit. This album makes me think that they have potential for widespread popularity but I still think they need to work on it again. I kinda lost respect for them after seeing them live and the singer was kinda an asshole so maybe I am not giving it the credit that it deserves... If you like Sparta pick it up, and if you don't like sparta then maybe you won't like it but check it out and don't listen to taking back control cause that is terrible example of this cds potential.

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