Elastica (album)

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Elastica
Elastica-Elastica.jpg
Studio album by Elastica
Released 13 March 1995
Recorded 1994
Genre
Length 38:08
Label
Producer
  • Marc Waterman
  • Elastica
Elastica chronology
Elastica
(1995)
6 Track EP
(1999)6 Track EP1999
Singles from Elastica
  1. "Stutter"
    Released: 1 November 1993
  2. "Line Up"
    Released: January 1994
  3. "Connection"
    Released: 10 October 1994
  4. "Waking Up"
    Released: 2 February 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. The album was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize.[1]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Chicago Tribune 2/4 stars[3]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 4/5 stars[4]
Entertainment Weekly B+[5]
The Guardian 4/4 stars[6]
NME 9/10[7]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[8]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4.5/5 stars[9]
Spin 9/10[10]
The Village Voice A−[11]

Elastica hit number one on the UK Albums Chart,[12] becoming, at the time, the fastest-selling debut since Oasis' Definitely Maybe the previous year.[13][14] The record also did well in the US, peaking at number 66 on the Billboard 200[15] and being certified Gold.[16]

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 made records this consistently rocking and melodic."[2] 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".[1]

Legacy[edit]

Select ranked the album at number 9 in its list of the "50 albums of the year."[17] The album fared better in end-of-year lists in the US where it was ranked as the fourth best album of the year by the Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, Spin and The Village Voice.[18]

In 2013, NME called it the 191st greatest album of all time.[19] The album was also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[20]

In 2014, American LGBT magazine Metro Weekly ranked the album at number 38 in its list of the "50 Best Alternative Albums of the 90s."[21] In 2017, Pitchfork listed the album at number six in its list "The 50 Best Britpop Albums."[22]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Justine Frischmann, except where noted [23].

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" Frischmann, Donna Matthews 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, Hugh Cornwell, Jean-Jacques Burnel, David Greenfield, Brian Duffy 3:16
12. "2:1"   2:31
13. "Vaseline"   1:20
14. "Never Here"   4:27
15. "Stutter"   2:23

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. ^ a b Leaver, Anthony. "Elastica Elastica Review". BBC Music. Retrieved 13 February 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Elastica – Elastica". AllMusic. Retrieved 13 February 2012. 
  3. ^ Ryan, Mo (16 March 1995). "Elastica: Elastica (Geffen)". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 30 June 2013. 
  4. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8. 
  5. ^ Eddy, Chuck (7 April 1995). "Elastica". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 13 February 2012. 
  6. ^ Sullivan, Caroline (17 March 1995). "Elastica: Elastica (Deceptive)". The Guardian. 
  7. ^ Dee, Johnny (11 March 1995). "Children of the Cornwell". NME: 50. 
  8. ^ "Elastica: Elastica". Rolling Stone: 88–90. 18 May 1995. 
  9. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. p. 274. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  10. ^ Aaron, Charles (May 1995). "Elastica: Elastica". Spin. 11 (2): 94. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  11. ^ Christgau, Robert (11 April 1995). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  12. ^ "Artist Chart History: Elastica". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  13. ^ Bloch, Sam (1 September 2003). "Elastica – Artist Profile". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved 11 May 2009. 
  14. ^ DeRemer, Leigh Ann, ed. (2006). "Contemporary Musicians". Elastica. Contemporary Musicians. Vol. 29. Gale Cengage, 2000. Elastica Become Pop Stars. Retrieved 7 September 2011. 
  15. ^ "Elastica – Elastica (Awards)". AllMusic. Retrieved 13 February 2012. 
  16. ^ "American album certifications – Elastica – Elastica". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  17. ^ "50 Albums of the Year". Select. January 1996. pp. 78–79. Retrieved 28 December 2016. 
  18. ^ "Elastica - best of all time lists". Acclaimed Music. Retrieved 2 January 2017. 
  19. ^ "The 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time: 200–101". NME. 25 October 2013. Retrieved 21 August 2015. 
  20. ^ Dimery, Robert, ed. (2010). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 0-7893-2074-6. 
  21. ^ Gerard, Chris (4 April 2014). "50 Best Alternative Albums of the '90s". Metro Weekly. Retrieved 31 December 2016. 
  22. ^ "The 50 Best Britpop Albums". Pitchfork. 29 March 2017. Retrieved 30 May 2017. 
  23. ^ BMI Entry

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