Elastica (album)

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Elastica
Studio album by Elastica
Released 14 March 1995
Recorded 1994
Genre Britpop, punk rock
Length 38:08
Label Deceptive
Producer Marc Waterman, Elastica
Elastica chronology
Elastica
(1995)
The Menace
(2000)
Singles from Elastica
  1. "Stutter"
    Released: 1993
  2. "Line Up"
    Released: 1994
  3. "Connection"
    Released: 1994
  4. "Waking Up"
    Released: 1995
  5. "Car Song"
    Released: 1995

Elastica is the debut studio album by English alternative rock band Elastica. It was released on 14 March 1995 through Deceptive Records. At the time the fastest-selling debut since Oasis' Definitely Maybe the previous year.[1][2] Elastica hit No. 1 on the UK Albums Chart.[3] The record also did well in the US, peaking at No. 66 on the Billboard Hot 200[4] and being certified Gold.[5] It was well-received critically and nominated for the Mercury Music Prize.[6]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Elastica, except where noted. 

Original version
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Line Up"     3:15
2. "Annie"     1:15
3. "Connection"     2:22
4. "Car Song"     2:24
5. "Smile"     1:40
6. "Hold Me Now"     2:33
7. "S.O.F.T."     3:59
8. "Indian Song"     2:48
9. "Blue"     2:23
10. "All-Nighter"     1:31
11. "Waking Up"   Justine Frischmann, Hugh Cornwell, Jean Jacques Burnel, David Greenfield, and Brian Duffy 3:16
12. "2:1"     2:31
13. "Vaseline"     1:20
14. "Never Here"     4:27
15. "Stutter"     2:23
US version
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Line Up"     3:15
2. "Annie"     1:15
3. "Connection"     2:22
4. "Car Song"     2:24
5. "Smile"     1:40
6. "Hold Me Now"     2:33
7. "S.O.F.T."     3:59
8. "Indian Song"     2:48
9. "Blue"     2:23
10. "All-Nighter"     1:31
11. "Waking Up"   Frischmann, Cornwell, Burnel, Greenfield, and Duffy 3:16
12. "2:1"     2:31
13. "See That Animal"     2:23
14. "Stutter"     2:23
15. "Never Here"     4:27
16. "Vaseline"     1:20

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[7]
BBC Music (favorable)[8]
Chicago Tribune 2/4 stars[9]
Robert Christgau A−[10]
Entertainment Weekly B+[11]

The album was well-received critically. In their retrospective review, Allmusic praised the album, writing "what makes Elastica such an intoxicating record is not only the way the 16 songs speed by in 40 minutes, but that they're nearly all classics" and that "hardly any new wave band [sic] made records this consistently rocking and melodic."[7] BBC Music wrote "As albums that fall off a genre's radar go, Elastica's eponymous debut ranks high", calling it "a neglected gem" and the "blueprint for what Britpop should sound like".[8]

Personnel[edit]

Elastica
Additional personnel
Production personnel
  • Marc Waterman – production, engineering, mixing
  • Phil Vinall – mixing
  • Alan Moulder – mixing
  • Paul Tipler – mixing
  • Bruce Lampcov – mixing
  • John Leckie – mixing
  • Mitti – mixing
  • Juergen Teller – album photography
  • Steve Lamacq – A&R
  • Mark Kates – A&R

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Artist Profile Elastica". Retrieved 11 May 2009. 
  2. ^ DeRemer, Leigh Ann, ed. (2006). "Contemporary Musicians". Elastica. Contemporary Musicians. Vol. 29. Gale Cengage, 2000. Elastica Become Pop Stars. Retrieved 7 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "Artist Chart History: Elastica". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "Charts & Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 13 February 2012. 
  5. ^ "American album certifications – Elastica – Elastica". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  6. ^ Leaver, Anthony (28 March 2007). "Elastica Elastica Review". BBC Music. Retrieved 13 February 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "Elastica [Deceptive]". AllMusic. Retrieved 13 February 2012. 
  8. ^ a b Anthony Leaver. "Elastica Elastica Review". BBC Music. Retrieved 13 February 2012. 
  9. ^ Ryan, Mo (16 March 1995). "Elastica Elastica (Geffen)". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 30 June 2013. 
  10. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Elastica". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 13 February 2012. 
  11. ^ Chuck Eddy (7 April 1995). "Elastica (1995)". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 13 February 2012. 

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