Maybe the British
Invasion of the 90s was not as strong as it was touted to
be. If it was, this band is one that would be on the
forefront. Their 1995 self-titled release is one of
the best under-appreciated albums of that year. While
the album did not break any new grounds musically, it is still
a well founded, solid effort.
The band is comprised
of three women and one man (the drummer). Despite this
fact, they do not sound just like the typical "chick
band". Their guitars crunch with a power-pop feel,
almost like punk. The punk style is not overwhelming
however, with the various riffs employed in each song.
Singles such as "Car Song", "Connection",
and "Stutter" all have catchy rhythms. "Car
Song" is one of my favorites and the backup vocals of
"ahhh-ah", going up and down scales, is a hauntingly
dreamy undertone to the pop-rock guitar.
Elastica is one
of England's best bands in quite some time. The album
was ranked #4 in the 1996 Critic's Poll. Spin Magazine
ranked the album #4 in their top 20 albums of 1995.
Rolling Stone gave it 4 stars. We give it 4 turntables
and a microphone. If you are a fan of Brit-Rock or
just plain quality alternative rock, pick this up.
It is worth your time.
out of 5.0