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Elastica


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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra
  • ASIN: B000003TBB
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #34,134 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I always forget how good Elastica's eponymous debut album is, so it's a pleasant surprise to pop it into the stereo. There's nothing particularly revolutionary about this record (although having three out of four band-members being female is, sadly, still something of a rarity), but what it lacks in originality, it makes up for in spontaneity. This is a fun, bouncy, catchy bunch of songs and no mistake.
The tracks don't deviate from their guitar-bass-drums sound. They're all short and fast-paced. It's slightly punkish sounding, with a harder edge to it than most of the rest of the Brit-pop that was out around this time. There are some really nice melodies running through here. It's hard, but not too hard -- tuneful, but not too tuneful. A few of the songs are great, and none of them are bad. There's nothing on here that's any worse than solid.
The album has a very consistent sound (perhaps a polite way of saying all the songs sound the same, which is a fair criticism, but since I like them, it's not something I'm going to complain about). If you liked "Connection" (which was all over the airways when this first came out) you'll probably like this; if you hated that song, then the rest of the album probably isn't your cup of tea either.
Oh, and Suede fans will note that Brett Anderson gets a song writing credit in "See That Animal" (did every song he was writing in the mid-90s have some reference to animals?!).
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Elastica's song Connections was featured rather prominently in a couple of episodes of the short-lived television series My So-Called Life, and I was so enamored with this song that I bought Elastica's album. I thought it was pretty good music at the time; about a year ago, I decided to listen to the CD for the first time in several years - I hated it; I couldn't even get halfway through the album. Today, I decided to give the CD another try, and some of the old magic must have been in the air because suddenly I was impressed once again. Who knows what I will think next time? I think my unpredictable reaction to this music is, in large part, due to the fact that I haven't roamed through the musical landscape in which it dwells - I'm not even sure if this particular album falls under old wave or new wave music. I would say there is a strong punk influence here, but I may be wrong because I've never even come close to going through a punk phase. In any event, Elastica's sound is strong, raw, unadorned, and unrestrained; to my ears, it sounds like this band is rocking out in a neighbor's garage - this is a good thing, by the way. Elastica didn't worry about impressing listeners with a bunch of fancy, fake musical shenanigans. The tracks are all relatively short (the entire album of 16 songs has a running time of only 40 minutes) - it's as if the energy could only sustain its maximum effect for so long, and Elastica refused to sacrifice an ounce of musical integrity by padding the songs with the least bit of musical filler.
Elastica never came close to recapturing the magic of this album, but this Britpop group did leave its mark on 90s music. Today, more than ever, their music is a refreshing breath of fresh air rising above the general miasma of 90s rock.
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Aside from the weirdly out of place and somewhat weak Indian Song, this is a really kick-ass CD. Sure, there are a few Wire riffs here and there, and maybe a couple Stranglers lifts, but who cares? This isn't groundbreaking, it's not that ambitious, it's rock n roll with a healthy dose of attitude and it's one of the best of its kind to come out in the '90s. One aspect of this album that really works is the layering of each song, which is sometimes laid out pretty explicitly in songs that slowly add instruments to the mix (Hold Me Now, Never Here). These guys are great at song structure, which is something you don't see with a lot of bands of this type. choice cut for me: Blue, which starts out sounding like a Mazzy Star track and then turns into this absolutely furious rocker. It's a damn shame this band broke up after their underrated followup, The Menace. Rock n roll could use more bands like Elastica. Here's hoping Justine and her sneer surface somewhere else and soon.
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I recently bought the Elastica album used for 6.99 remembering them from my high school days in the mid-90s(i feel old suddenly!) I was very impressed with the album.
The band uses a very angular, catchy style with amazing hooks that leave you in a coffee-buzz sort of feeling craving more.
Justine Frishmann, the singer-guitarist has a unique, attractive voice that is leagues above any other female 90s voice.
The songs themselves are well-done and have a great alternative feel to them. Track 7 "S.O.F.T" has a great "can't stop time" feel to it.
The hit "connection" is a mid-90s Britpop classic with irresistible pop hooks, while "Stutter" is a buzzsaw punk gem that flat out rocks. Track 11, "Waking Up" is beautiful stuff. Give this album a chance, you won't regret it. It beats anything on the radio today and will make a great addition to your cd collection.
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