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  • Audio CD (August 22, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: August 22, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic Mod Afw
  • ASIN: B00004VW28
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,319 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

Customer Reviews

I highly recommend this album in the face of the cheese-pop produced factory-style today.
Jeremy S Craig
I wore out the first Elastica CD and was so glad to hear of a forthcoming album 5 years later.
Kevin L. Graham
It's not that it is a bad album, but it just doesn't match up to brilliance of the first one.
s. nicholas

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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Kevin L. Graham on April 11, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I wore out the first Elastica CD and was so glad to hear of a forthcoming album 5 years later. I am happy to say the album is brilliant. The opening track "Mad Dog" is a bomb blast of keyboards, bass, guitar, and drums. Not to mention Justine's great voice. If you heard the EP and enjoyed it then you will love the LP. The songs are much more polished and have more Elastica and less of Mark E. Smith. The songs "Human" and "Nothing Stays the Same" have great melodies. "Generator" and "How he wrote the Elastic man" has a great mix of catchy syth hooks. To sum up this review I am very much into English indie and pop music. I own all the Blur, Idlewild,and Republica albums etc, and Elastica's "Menace" is my favorite album so far. I can only look forward to the singles now, and if I'm lucky they will tour the U.S. and stop by Arizona. Cheers!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Kugelmass on August 22, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Elastica's The Menace does NOT follow the formula of their previous album. It is still new-wave and full of influences. Justine Frischmann still rules the record with riot grrl attitude. However, the album is grittier and looser and stupider than "Elastica". The clever lyrics of 'Never Here' or 'Stutter' have been replaced by songs like 'Your Arse My Place' and 'How He Wrote Elastica Man'. On 'How He Wrote...', they literally spell out their own name. There are ambient stretches of synth, followed by grinding guitar, and the transitions are often jerky. The Menace is a good and energized album that, oddly, sounds like the work of a band getting brasher and less mature.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By GFX on 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Channing on August 26, 2000
Format: Audio CD
While Elastica still sounds like Wire, bandleader Justine Frischmann apparently borrowed the B-52s' keyboards, especially on "Mad Dog," "How He Wrote Elastica Man" and the deconstruction of Trio's "Da Da Da (I Don't Love You, You Don't Love Me)." While the keyboard sounds occasionally border on being a distraction -- unless you absolutely love the sound of Pong -- they work more often than not.
The slower songs -- "Image Change," "Nothing Stays the Same," "Human" -- give Justine's sprechensang (talk/sing, like Marlene Dietrich) a chance to shine. Singing the more raucous songs, though, Justine will make you remember that the catchiness of Elastica's previous hit "Connection" wasn't due entirely to the guitar lick nicked from Wire. Though their relationship has been over for a while, there is a distinct similarity between Justine's "rocker" voice and Damon Albarn (of Blur).
While not "pleasantly surprised" -- I expected it to be pretty good -- I am shocked by the way the sonic layers of voice, guitars, synths, are manipulated. "Miami Nice" wouldn't sound out of place on an Ultravox best-of, while the following song, "Love Like Ours," sounds like it could have been a Talking Heads original.
My advice? Buy it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By WrtnWrd on August 30, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Let's get this out of the way right off: Elastica's long-awaited follow-up to their stellar debut is a disappointment. Five years in the making, The Menace comes to us with many expectations, too much innuendo (relationship problems, band strife, those pesky heroin rumors), and no major American label. The shock, then, is how pleasantly sloppy The Menace is. Whereas Elastica was kept in check by Justine Frischmann's punky tales of emancipation, the follow-up has no central focus. It's a bracing all night punk jam. It veers wildly from funk-rock ("Mad Dog God Dam") to a Fall-like throw-down ("How He Wrote Elastica Man" complete with Mark E. Smith vocals) to the Low-era Bowie-esque "Image Change" to ambient ("Human") to punk blues ("Love Like Ours") to a revved up cover (Trio's "Da Da Da", ha ha). As I said, no focus, yet Justine Frischmann's rock and roll posture and all-too-human passion keeps it real. The Menace has no real commercial prospects in this country, but that minor setback might be all it takes for this true rock-and-roller to regain her focus. Then she can set and/or break any limitations she pleases.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S Cook on September 30, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I was one of those people who began to wonder if Elastica would ever put out the follow-up to their impressive debut. It's been 5 long years but it's finally here... but with some changes.
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.
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