Name = Threes
Artist = Sparta
| Released =
October 24, 2006(US) April 5, 2007(Germany) April 23, 2007(Europe)
Recorded = March - June 2006, Robert Lang Studios, Seattle, Washington
Genre = Rock,
Length = 49:24
Hollywood Records, ANTI-
Producer = Dave Bassett
Mixed = Mike Major and Brian Malout
Reviews = *
AllmusicRating|4|5 [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:frx8b594csqj link]
Austin Chronicle" Rating|1|5 [http://www.austinchronicle.com/gyrobase/Issue/review?oid=oid%3A413999 link]
*Aversion Rating|3|5 [http://www.aversion.com/bands/reviews.cfm?f_id=2826 link]
IGN(8/10) [http://music.ign.com/articles/741/741234p1.html link]
Pitchfork Media(6.1/10) [http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/article/record_review/39465-threes November 10, 2006]
RocklouderRating|3|5 [http://www.rocklouder.co.uk/articles/2846.html link]
*Spin Rating|3|5 [http://www.spin.com/reviews/2006/10/061030_sparta link]
Stylus Magazine(C-) [http://www.stylusmagazine.com/reviews/sparta/threes.htm October 24, 2006]
Last album = "Live At La Zona Rosa 03/19/2004" (2004)
This album = "Threes" (2006)
Next album = TBA
"Threes" is the third studio
albumby Sparta, released on October 24, 2006and peaked at #83 on the Billboard 200. It is their first album with new guitarist Keeley Davis, previously of Engine Downand Denali. Several new tracks, including the single " Taking Back Control" are available for streaming on the band's MySpacepage. [http://www.myspace.com/sparta]
The album was made available for streaming several days before its release on the band's MySpace site. A leaked copy of the album surfaced on the internet as well during early October of 2006.
Initial reviews were mixed, ranging from average to excellent (see reviews section). The album is generally considered to be darker and more complex than previous offerings, differing greatly from previous material in some places with callbacks in others.
Jim Ward explains the meaning of Threes. "Threes is a reference to the number 3 being important in my life. A lot of intersections happen involving that number, this record was a big changing point for me. The artwork is left to be interpreted by the viewer, you get a lot of interesting ideas form [sic] folks, I like it." [http://www.absolutepunk.net/showthread.php?t=188192]
On April 9th, 2008 an official blog was posted on Sparta's Myspace page announcing the release of Threes on double vinyl after being in development for some time. It is limited to 1,000 copies with 3 different colors, and features a completely different tracklisting, including the bonus tracks split up amongst various versions of the CD release. 200 copies on peach vinyl with black splatter, 300 copies on white vinyl, 500 copies on black vinyl with peach splatter. Orders can be placed through [http://www.vinylcollective.com/ Vinyl Collective] , the company distributing the double LP, and are expected to ship April 19th, 2008.
#"Untreatable Disease" - 3:19
#"Crawl" - 3:54
#"Unstitch Your Mouth" - 3:07
Taking Back Control" - 3:41
#"Erase It Again" - 3:37
#"Atlas" - 4:30
#"The Most Vicious Crime" - 6:20
#"False Start" 3:51
#"Weather the Storm" - 4:43
#"Red.Right.Return. (Straight In Our Hands)" - 4:30
#"Without a Sound" - 3:18
#"Translations" - 4:33
* "Blood Spills" (iTunes/Japan Bonus Track) - 3:44
* "As Far As We Go" (FYE/Japan Bonus Track) - 3:37
* "Born and Buried" (European Bonus Track) - 3:03
Double Vinyl Tracklisting
#"The Most Vicious Crime"
#"Burn and Buried"
#"Red.Right.Return. (Straight In Our Hands)"Side B:
#"Weather the Storm"
#"Without a Sound"
#"Erase It Again"
#"False Start"Side C:
#"Taking Back Control"
#"As Far As We Go"Side D:
#"Unstitch Your Mouth"
*Sparta - Primary Artist
Merry Clayton- Background Vocals on 'Atlas' and 'Translations'
Chris Henrich- Pedal Steel Guitar
Keeley Davis- Guitar, Vocals
Tony Hajjar- Drums
* Matt Miller - Bass, Backup Vocals
* Jim Ward - Guitar, Vocals
*Liz Smith - Guitar Technician
Joe Chiccarelli- Engineer
Alan Yoshida- Mastering
Dave Bassett- Producer, Engineer
Greg Keplinger- Drum Technician
Ray Wallace- Paintings
Jared Kvitka- Assistant Engineer
George Gumbs- Engineer
Erik Ron- Digital Editing
Geert Teuwen- Cover Photo
Buildup and Release
Prior to the release, the band released a variety of statements, videos and other information for fans.
Podcasts by the band, released at irregular intervals and featuring a variety of homemade footage of them in studio and at other locations were made available to fans. They can be seen on their [http://www.spartamusic.com website] , but were usually released on their [http://www.myspace.com/sparta MySpace] page.
The band released a message to fans prior to the release of the album, thanking them for their support and kind words. It is currently available for viewing on the Sparta [http://www.myspace.com/sparta MySpace] .
The music video for the single "Taking Back Control" was released on Yahoo Music in mid-October 2006. It can still be viewed for free on this [http://music.yahoo.com/ar-292054-videos--Sparta website] . The music video for the second single, "Erase It Again", can be viewed through the band's website.
An entirely redesigned website was launched just prior to the release of "Threes". The site starts with a splash screen incorporating elements from the
Eme Nakiafilm, Threes, and the individual band members. Sections included on the site include News, Tour, Media, Store, Contact and links to the fan run community Without a Sound as well as a signup page for the Sparta mailing list.
According the their official website, several different versions of the album were made available, depending on where they were purchased. Albums bought from
Best Buyinclude a DVD with the short film Eme Nakia. Many independent record stores gave away limited edition Lithograph posters with painted portraits of Jim, Matt, Tony and Keely. FYEalbums included a bonus CD with an unreleased Sparta track titled "As Far As We Go" with each purchase. Purchasing the entire album on iTunesalso includes a bonus track titled "Blood Spills".
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