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Menace [Import]

Elastica Audio CD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
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1. Mad Dog
2. Generator
3. How He Wrote Elastica Man
4. Image Change
5. Your Arse My Place
6. Human
7. Nothing Stays The Same
8. Miami Nice
9. Love Like Ours
10. KB
11. My Sex
12. The Way I Like It
13. Da Da Da

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Elastica's second album, The Menace, comes a full five years after their million-selling, self-titled debut. A long wait, to say the least, but The Menace doesn't find Elastica making a radical change from the angular pop of their first album. The departure of guitarist Donna Matthews (who still plays on two tracks, "How He Wrote Elastica Man"--which also features the Fall's Mark E. Smith--and "Image Change") steered the band away from their punkier leanings and allowed them to fully explore the new wave path that they started down way back in 1995. Keyboards and synths now blend more completely with their spiky guitars, as do cheesy Casio tone beats and retro-futuristic samples, resulting in such hyperenergetic numbers as "Mad Dog" and "Your Arse My Place." Elastica still wear their influences on their sleeves--yep, they sure do like Wire--and they even manage to fit a legitimate cover onto the album (Trio's 1982 hit "Da Da Da"). Five years on, The Menace sees Elastica on the same ground as their debut, but rather than simply retreading it, they just dig deeper and unearth more treasures. --Robert Burrow

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3.0 out of 5 stars I tried to love this cd April 27 2004
Format:Audio CD
There was so much to look forward to on The Menace. Unfortunitely where Justine et Elastica delivered one of the best albums of the 1990's, they fall very much off the mark here. But is it a bad album? No there are certainly enough songs that are good and fun, but it is not the overall listening experience that their self titled debut was. A debut so good that invariably everyone will compare their second and only album to.
But in Defence of Elastica, this is a different album with a different goal and a nearly soap operetic change in the band. Unfortunitely even taken as its own entity, without comparison to the first Elastica CD, The Menace is an average effort at best and perhaps a harbinger to the band's destruction shortly there after.
Elastica is dead, long live Elastica.
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4.0 out of 5 stars one of their best! March 5 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is art-punk at its best!
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3.0 out of 5 stars this new sound "almost" worked Sept. 29 2003
Format:Audio CD
wow. well. hum. i didn't see that one coming. a very weird follow up to much raved about debut. but at least they tried something different. the tongue & cheek thing really over takes this album :) check out the track How He Wrote Elastica Man. lol. what is up with that, huh. it's like a cheerleader chant. and then of course we have My Sex (sorry folks but i love that one). i like Nothing Stays the Same alot too. it sounds like a leftover track from the 80s. Miami Nice is a nice instrumental (sorry for the pun). and Da Da Da is pretty damn catchy. this is an interesting expertment from the band and there is some good tracks on here. sadly thou. there is also some crap. oh well it's a good idea but it's hit and miss. i think when it does hit it's very good thou. and you have to love that album cover :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars This CD owns me March 10 2003
Format:Audio CD
It took me some time to warm up to this album, like Elastica's first. I find myself loving it just as much. I've matured as much as they have in the seven years since the band's last release, so I can appreciate the differences. GO GO MAD DOG
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5.0 out of 5 stars Raw girl rock Sept. 17 2002
By Erica
Format:Audio CD
I love this album. It took me a few listens before I liked it. It grew on me a lot and now it's another classic to add to my list. Elastica's first album, it's not. It's rockin' with a lot of punk influences thrown in. I don't think that the poppy stuff fit Elastica as well as the rockin' stuff does. After seeing them live, where they played stuff from their first album a lot like this album sounds - raw and loud. Definitely let this album grow on you, if you don't like it first time through. I guarantee you will love it after several times through. You'll get these songs stuck in your head the same way you got "Connection," "Blue," and "Car Song" stuck in your head before.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A bummer but a hummer July 25 2002
Format:Audio CD
Well Elastica went limp (if they can). It's too bad because thier first releases and 1st album were classics. Sure they blatently [borrowed] (as in note for note) Wire, The Stranglers & Buzzcocks but did it so well. Here on Menace the influence is still here but it just doesn't click (rock) like they did (the power-pop/punk is pretty much missing). Sure Justine is great and all but I think something got in her mind (veins) or something (smack & acid?). Stand out tracks are "How He Wrote Elastica Man", "Generator", "Love Like Ours" (sorta Pixiesque), "The Way I Like It", "Your Arse My Place" & "Human", later three being really [messed] up songs sorta in the vein (pun intended) like Royal Trux/Boss Hog (Highly brilliant recomended bands who smoke this album, was Justine hangin' with Christina & Jennifer?). Rest has moments but is just not up to par. 4 stars because Justine's voice is so good and Annie is there (what a little cutie!). All the songs are not bad really (lots of drug/sex references), very spacey & catchy. Elastica is officially pronounced dead now as of 2002. We'll have to see what pops up from them (Justine and Annie have already formed their own bands). "Da Da Da..." cover isn't bad.
Sure this review is late but
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3.0 out of 5 stars This album has issues March 16 2002
Format:Audio CD
Its a pretty cool album, and I'm glad I own it, but its not always the easiest to listen to. The first three songs rock pretty hard, and things are going great, and then all of a sudden the tempo slows big time and things don't get any faster than midtempo, semi-rock. There's something humorous about a lot of these songs, like the way they spell out their name in track three or the doggy noises at the beginning of the first track.
Otherwise, the midtempo stuff is okay, but it borders on filler and isn't really essential. Their cover of Da Da Da isn't nearly as good as it should have been, it doesn't really rock much. Throughout most of the album you'll just keep hoping they crank things back up, but it doesn't happen, so you might be a little disappointed. If you don't mind listening to Elastica try out some experimental synth-type stuff and even a Brian Eno instrumental, though, you'll find this one pretty interesting. The Menace isn't a very good title though, since it isn't very menacing. They should have called it The Mess. It sounds like I'm slamming this album but I'm really not, its just easier to talk about its flaws than its strenghts. This one is still tons better than most of the garbage out there so you should probably check it out all the same, I like it and you should too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "THE "MENACE" Is Down,Dirty And Raw Nov. 7 2001
By Gene
Format:Audio CD
To begin with, I have not heard Elastica's debut album and maybe it's just as well. The album starts off with the catchy "Mad Dog God Dam." "Generator," is a pure against the grain pop song. "How He Wrote Elastica Man," is a B-52's influenced song and holds up. "Image Change," is a haunting tune.
This album is pretty much pure punk/alternative music. The record consistentley maintains a mechanical, obtruse sound. Which is pretty daring for most pop artist these days.
Overall, the songs are very good, the vocals and instruments are well ochestrated. The record is well produced. The "theme," of the album remains the same thru out the entire record. The photo fold out of the CD features several pictures of the band (ala 35mm film). Could this possibly be a tribute to the The Rolling Stones "Exile On Main Street?" This CD didn't have to grow on me.
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