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Album: Elastica [Deceptive]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Line Up
2)    Annie
3)    Connection
4)    Car Song
5)    Smile
6)    Hold Me Now
7)    S.O.F.T.
8)    Indian Song
9)    Blue
10)    All Nighter
11)    Waking Up
12)    2:1
13)    Vaseline
14)    Never Here
15)    Stutter
 

Album: Elastica [Deceptive]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Line Up
2)    Annie
3)    Connection
4)    Car Song
5)    Smile
6)    Hold Me Now
7)    S.O.F.T.
8)    Indian Song
9)    Blue
10)    All Nighter
11)    Waking Up
12)    2:1
13)    Vaseline
14)    Never Here
15)    Stutter
 
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Performer Notes
  • Elastica: Justine Frischmann, Donna Matthews (vocals, guitar); Annie Holland (bass); Justin Welch (drums).
  • Additional personnel: Dan Abnormal (keyboards).
  • Personnel: Donna Matthews, Justine Frischmann (vocals, guitar); Janis Oliver (vocals); Dan Abnormal (keyboards); Justin Welch (drums).
  • Audio Mixers: John Leckie; Alan Moulder; Marc Waterman; Miti; Paul Tipler; Phil Vinall; Bruce Lampcov.
  • The pop viciousness exuding from Elastica's pores far surpasses any qualities thus far exhibited in Britain's "new glam" movement. One time Suede member (pre-"London" era) Justine Frischmann and Donna Matthews weave together assorted guitar and vocal textures, recalling various levels of pop genius in a disdainful, Kinks-esque tone.
  • Frischmann's dry lyrics are deliciously biting. Her sarcastic take on stardom ("if I can't be a star I won't get out of bed"), groupies ("Drivel head knows all the stars/Loves to suck their shining guitars"), and impotence ("no need to whine boy") are all icily casual. Musically, Elastica is a pop lover's dream. Combining a Buzzcocks-tight rhythm section with enviable guitar delirium, Elastica's grip on pop sensibility is dead-center.
  • What sets the band apart from their peers is their unstoppable wit. Already stars in their native England, Elastica have gotten it all but have also maintained a fabulously jaded perspective in regards to their desires--as Frischmann herself points out in "Waking Up," all she needs is "a guitar and a lover who pays me." What could possibly be more gratifying. All hail Elastica.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (1/25/96, p.41) - Ranked #4 in the 1996 Critics' Poll.

Rolling Stone (5/18/95, pp.88-90) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...Impetuous, smart and loud, Elastica rival any of their contemporaries, and with this album, they arrive with a quick-witted bang..."

Spin (12/95, p.62) - Ranked #4 on Spin's list of the `20 Best Albums of '95.'

Spin (5/95, p.94) - 9 - Highly Recommended - "...Influences:...Blondie and the Waitresses minus the guys named Chris, the Buzzcocks going shopping....Easily THE makeout album for kids who don't have time to play spin the bottle."

Entertainment Weekly (4/7/95, p.91) - "...Justine Frischmann's awkward sex-in-a-Ford-Fiesta forwardness (`Car Song') can charm your pants off..."

- Rating: B+

Alternative Press (7/01, p.96) - Included in AP's "10 Essential Women's Rock Albums" - "...Inspiring a whole new generation of girls to get up and play..."

Option (7-8/95, pp.102-104) - "...the three-women/one-man British band cranks out some crisp new coleslaw, silmultaneously tart and sweet, their debut a fresh mash of peppery pop and Saccharine screech..."

Melody Maker (12/23-30/95, pp.66-67) - Ranked #21 on Melody Maker's list of 1995's `Albums Of The Year' - "...defiantly, sardonically, bleakly, energetically, brilliantly a NOW band. Post-punk with no illusions, no fillers."

Musician (6/95, p.72) - "...the right mix of smile and snarl....Justine Frischmann...is a versatile writer whose songs are as melodic as they are direct, explosive as they are concise....perfectly punked-up pop-rock..."

Village Voice (2/20/96) - Ranked #4 in Village Voice's 1995 Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll.

New York Times (Publisher) (1/6/96, p.C16) - Included on Jon Pareles' list of the Top 10 Albums of `95 - "...Justine Frischmann and Donna Matthews revive the concision and clear-cut guitar riffs of late-1970's new wave while they analyze the latest twists in modern courtship..."

NME (Magazine) (12/23-30/95, pp.22-23) - Ranked #11 in NME's `Top 50 Albums Of The Year' for 1995 - "...Fuelled by a grimy, punk-rock aesthetic, yet oozing glamour and sporting the snappiest, snarliest pop songs this side of the Old Wave of New Wave..."
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