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Long awaited sophomore release (5 years!) from UK indie actwho first hit with 'Stutter' off their successful self titled debut. 13 tracks including the recent EP track 'How He Wrote Elastica Man' featuring the Fall's Mark E. Smith on vocals & a cover of Trio's 'Da Da Da'. 2000 release. Standard jewelcase.
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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Sure this review is late but
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.
This is just shoddy art-punk with no inspiration. Their first album was short, derivative and appeared to have taken about an hour to write, but it had style and power (it is widely rumoured that Damon Albarn wrote the songs. This may be true, if this is the best she can do on her own)
Mark E. Smith's guest role on How He Wrote Elastica Man is typical schlocky art-rock, and Mad Dog's yelps are annoying and suggest a lack of ideas. The slow songs show a heart eroded maybe by drugs, and the need to cover such a trashy pop song shows what a failure this is.
This album is a reminder of how much fun music can be. Tracks like Mad Dog, Your Arse my Place (my personal fave), and Generator are just a sheer delight for the ears and make you wanna dance dance dance... Not theat the entire album is a party, and some of the slower, more introspective songs do suffer from a lack of cohesion (for instance, "Human," or the experimental, PJ Harvey-ish "My Sex"... But the equally PJ Harvey-ish "Love Like Ours" manages to pull itself off.) I couldn't help but picture "Nothing Stays the Same" in a Brat Pack movie (which is, though I like the song anyway, NOT a good thing.)
But, the plusses FAR outweigh the minuses here. I just can't keep this baby out of my CD player....
To start out with the line-up is different. Guitarist Donna Matthews, who played such a key role in their sound, is no longer in the band. She is missed, definitely, but the new more synthesized sound fills in her gap pretty well. At first I thought the onslaught of noisy keyboards was a bit much but the songs that feature them prominently soon became my favorites. Although I'm still not quite sure anyone actually knows how to play the instrument!
Some of the slower ones still remind me of the first album. Songs like "Nothing Stays the Same", and "Imagine Change." But like I said, I prefer the less mature, louder tracks like "Mad Dog" and "How He Wrote Elastica Man".
I think there is enough of the old sound to keep the old fans but perhaps enough of a change to gain them even a few more.
Most recent customer reviews
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. Read morePublished on April 27 2004 by GFX
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. Read morePublished on Sept. 29 2003 by mellowgold
It took me some time to warm up to this album, like Elastica's first. I find myself loving it just as much. Read morePublished on March 10 2003 by A. Nakashian
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. Read morePublished on Sept. 17 2002 by Erica
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. Read morePublished on Nov. 7 2001 by Gene
Similiar sound to the self title debut, with a little more grit. Not sure why so many people are rubbishing this CD, if you loved the 1st, then the sound hasn't changed that much? Read morePublished on Oct. 11 2001
I was very disappointed, Don't waste you money on the somphmore album !!!!! There debut album is much better, Get there first album, don't bother with the follow up album!!!!!Published on March 8 2001