The Menace

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  • Summary: The long-awaited follow-up to the band's 1995 eponymous debut features a guest contribution from The Fall's Mark E. Smith and a cover of Trio's 'Da Da Da.'

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Nothing Stays The Same
Took back time, take an instant pleasure Credit is due for the life of leisure Get to work and work gets done Best at being was not best at all Face... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. Alternative Press
    80
    While The Menace isn't as coruscating as Primal Scream's funk-noise plasma wall, Exterminator, it does offer enough twists, turns and fractured sensibilities to make listening to music an active experience again. [#146, p.88]
  2. 80
    Gone is the preciousness of Elastica. Instead we get a confident and comfortable Frischmann, her voice, ever cool, fronting a rejuvenated punk-loving band.
  3. Naturally, it would have made more sense if it appeared in late 1996 or 1997, since it sounds like a simple step forward instead of a great leap into the unknown -- the kind of record that was bashed out in a few weeks by a band desperate to deliver a sequel to a hit record.
  4. Simultaneously more tossed-off and expressive than 1995's Elastica album, The Menace is a frustrating listen, oscillating between actively courting the listener and fashioning a more tangential state somewhere between punk momentum and wearisome breakdown
  5. 70
    They still make totally successful, totally stupid modern rock anthems pumped up on three-chord riffs, an abiding love of the sci-fi sex-kitten archetype and a separate track for handclaps.
  6. Compared to the angular new wave of yore, the Elastica sound has matured into something far more interesting.
  7. A 38-minute spoonful of slop, the sound of a band pissing it all away.

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Score distribution:
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  1. BeauK
    Oct 19, 2002
    10
    Witht he release of "The Menace" Elastica has finally gripped onto what seems to be their best album yet. Delivering both a familiar and yet Witht he release of "The Menace" Elastica has finally gripped onto what seems to be their best album yet. Delivering both a familiar and yet matured eruption of less jagged punk sounds, they have learned to vary their songs and still appease the old fan. Expand
  2. BenjaminBunny
    Apr 17, 2004
    6
    Let's face it: Elastica is over. This CD isn't bad, but not good enough to merit a five-year gap between their classic first album Let's face it: Elastica is over. This CD isn't bad, but not good enough to merit a five-year gap between their classic first album and this (I'd guess was due to Justine Frischmann's heroin problems). Buy the first album, burn this. Expand