The Menace

The Menace

by Elastica


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The Menace

Elastica's self-titled debut album stood out from the pack in the Britpop-drenched year of 1995 with its witty, sexy reinterpretation of Wire/Fall-inspired art-punk, and their long-awaited follow-up,The Menace, arrives five years later with just as much sass and verve. The group's original lineup returns nearly intact, although two new keyboard players significantly alter the overall sound, adding dense textures and enhancing the chaos on jagged romps such as "Mad Dog" and "Generator." Guitarist/vocalist Donna Matthews was no longer an active member of Elastica when The Menace was recorded (though several of her compositions are included), so more than ever this is Justine Frischmann's show. Her alluring way with a sneer is as potent as ever, especially when it contradicts her words: When she sings "A love like ours will never die," you can be pretty sure that it already has. She meets her match in detachment on "How He Wrote Elastica Man," where the Fall's Mark E. Smith joins in the fun. But Frischmann branches out, too. "My Sex" is a surprisingly vulnerable and completely unironic song, and her sweet singing on "Nothing Stays the Same" suggests she's got an affinity with Phil Spector-esque pop. Between the unrepentantly silly opening track ("Mad Dog" comes complete with barking noises) and the jaunty cover of Trio's bilingual 1982 hit "Da Da Da" that closes the album, The Menace explores darker, bolder, and more complex territory than its predecessor, but Elastica still packs an irresistible post-punk punch.

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Release Date: 08/22/2000
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0075678338625
catalogNumber: 83386
Rank: 225378

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