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.'
Score distribution:
  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
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2