The Menace - Elastica
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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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  1. Positive: 12 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. Although its moods swing across the dial, it more than delivers on the group's initial promise.
  2. 80
    The prickly edged new wave of the band's debut has morphed into keyboard-addled post-punk on The Menace.
  3. The Menace, the long-delayed follow-up, finds Elastica in an unrepentant mood, scuffing up their terse, trashy guitar rock with fun-house noise while adding a handful of ambient mood pieces that sound like Aphex Twin castoffs.
  4. It's hard to imagine Elastica's fans being patient or loyal enough to care much either way about The Menace, though it's artistically solid enough to warrant consideration.
  5. What "Menace" lacks in continuity it more than makes up for with brass balls and a sense of adventure.
  6. There are hints of the stuttered hooks that snared listeners on the band's '95 debut, yet they're so snarled in manic sound, you're unsure whether you're being grabbed or gagged.
  7. A 38-minute spoonful of slop, the sound of a band pissing it all away.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
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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 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 and this (I'd guess was due to Justine Frischmann's heroin problems). Buy the first album, burn this. Collapse