Sound — 10
When you listen to Porcelain after Wiretap Scars, you'll notice the constrast between both albums. In Wiretap Scars, Sparta showed us what it is to be rebellious with a disc full of angst-driven havoc. Porcelain is the mature side of Sparta, but the side that needs to be heard. At times Porcelain is grungy, and at times it is even soothing. It is definatley closer to mainstream rock than punk, but nonetheless brilliant.
Lyrics — 8
Sparta's themes can be somewhat repetitive and predictable but enjoyable all the same. But with the absolute incredibility of the instrumentation used, vocals is not a big issue. The vocalist could get a little dull in other genres but he fits the job perfectly with Sparta.
Overall Impression — 8
Porcelain is the slowest rock album I own, but it's up there with my favourites. "Tensioning" is my favourite track on the album, but the rest closely follow. If it were stolen, I would probably buy it again.