Elastica (album)

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Elastica
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Studio album by Elastica
Released 14 March 1995
Recorded 1994
Genre
Length 38:08
Label
Producer
  • Marc Waterman
  • Elastica
Elastica chronology
Elastica
(1995)
The Menace
(2000)
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.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune 2/4 stars[2]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 4/5 stars[3]
Entertainment Weekly B+[4]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4.5/5 stars[6]
Spin 9/10[7]
The Village Voice A−[8]

Elastica hit number one on the UK Albums Chart,[9] becoming, at the time, the fastest-selling debut since Oasis' Definitely Maybe the previous year.[10][11] The record also did well in the US, peaking at number 66 on the Billboard 200[12] and being certified Gold.[13] It was well-received critically and nominated for the Mercury Music Prize.[14]

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."[1] 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".[14] In 2013, NME called it the 191st greatest album of all time.[15] The album was also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[16]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Justine Frischmann, except where noted [17]

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 Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Elastica – Elastica". AllMusic. Retrieved 13 February 2012. 
  2. ^ Ryan, Mo (16 March 1995). "Elastica: Elastica (Geffen)". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 30 June 2013. 
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-857-12595-8. 
  4. ^ Eddy, Chuck (7 April 1995). "Elastica". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 13 February 2012. 
  5. ^ "Elastica: Elastica". Rolling Stone: 88–90. 18 May 1995. 
  6. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. p. 274. ISBN 0-743-20169-8. 
  7. ^ Aaron, Charles (May 1995). "Elastica: Elastica". Spin 11 (2): 94. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  8. ^ Christgau, Robert (11 April 1995). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  9. ^ "Artist Chart History: Elastica". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  10. ^ Bloch, Sam (1 September 2003). "Elastica – Artist Profile". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved 11 May 2009. 
  11. ^ DeRemer, Leigh Ann, ed. (2006). "Contemporary Musicians". Elastica. Contemporary Musicians. Vol. 29. Gale Cengage, 2000. Elastica Become Pop Stars. Retrieved 7 September 2011. 
  12. ^ "Elastica – Elastica (Awards)". AllMusic. Retrieved 13 February 2012. 
  13. ^ "American album certifications – Elastica – Elastica". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  14. ^ a b Leaver, Anthony. "Elastica Elastica Review". BBC Music. Retrieved 13 February 2012. 
  15. ^ "The 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time: 200–101". NME. 25 October 2013. Retrieved 21 August 2015. 
  16. ^ Dimery, Robert, ed. (2010). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 0-789-32074-6. 
  17. ^ BMI Entry

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