- 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.
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..."