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Elastica

  • Connection [Deception, 1994] Choice Cuts
  • Stutter [DGC EP, 1995] Choice Cuts
  • Elastica [DGC, 1995] A-
  • The Menace [Atlantic, 2000] A-
  • The Radio One Sessions [Koch/Strange Fruit, 2003] *

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Connection [Deception, 1994]
"Spastica" Choice Cuts

Stutter [DGC EP, 1995]
"Rockundroll" Choice Cuts

Elastica [DGC, 1995]
Punk-pop as self-consciously noncanonical market ploy, wound tight as a methedrine high. The Buzzcocks weren't deep, Wire wasn't deep, but these sassy London girls are shallow on principle, accentuating the desperation of a fun they refuse to grant any emotional resonance. I love their bright, tough veneer and hectic sexuality. I'll happily get juiced on their quick charge. And I can imagine myself discarding them without a second thought. After all, they're asking for it. A-

The Menace [Atlantic, 2000]
See: Five Years and Eight Hours: Elastica Out of Control. A-

The Radio One Sessions [Koch/Strange Fruit, 2003]
nine previously obscure songs bait slack one-take best-of ("Spastica," "Four Wheels") *

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