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A Classic Nineties Album
Elastica - Elastica
Member Name: huggy2009
Elastica - Elastica
Advantages: Great short pop songs
I listened to this album last week for the first time in ages and it reconfirmed to me that Britpop wasn't just vacuous pretty boys in silly suits there was some great music, from Jarvis Cocker and Pulp, through the evolving music of Blur, to the energy of Supergrass and attitude of Oasis, while Elastica haven't maintained the careers of any of these bands, this album has stand out songs that are still heard regularly around the world, as was confirmed when their hit sons "connection" and "Stutter" both made the Top Ten in America.
Elastica is an effortlessly cool album referencing popular culture, and providing short perfectly formed pop songs which combine provide a 50 minute journey through post punk pop in an era of fashionable decadence.
With Justine Frischmann a former member of Suede on lead guitar and vocals we have a louche knowing lead who puts a sneer in her vocals at every opportunity but is more than happy to add smut, humour and social commentary to her songs.
The standout tracks on the album for me are:
Connection - This was a big song around the world and the massive throbbing guitars give it a real sense of power and theme, the vocals are laconic and perfectly fit the mood of the song.
Vaseline - A totally dirty song, incredibly short and too the point, but funky, fun and brilliantly created.
2:1 : Again a really short song with great guitars creating a pounding bass sound which allows the vocals to flit under the radar.
In many ways Elastica remind me of the Ting Tings or the Yeah Yeah Yeahs now with strong musical beats allowing catchy vocals to sneak up and hook you. This album is still excellent and hasn't aged at all, possibly because the songs are so short and snappy generally wading in at around 2 minutes long. I rate this an excellent 4 out of 5 album and one of the best British albums of the nineties for me, it does have substance to match its style.
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The album is available for download and a copy can be borrowed from your local library or bought on ebay for under £2.
Summary: A Classic Nineties Album