By Brian M. Raftery
August 18, 2000 at 04:00 AM EDT

The Menace

C

Five years between albums hasn’t helped Justine Frischmann’s Brit-rock combo Elastica. While sleek, skilled production on The Menace keeps their tightly wound new wave tracks from sounding dated, Frischmann’s lackluster (often tuneless) songwriting stutters. ”Human” lazily cops from post punkers Wire, and ”How He Wrote Elastica Man” relies on a limp keyboard riff. Maybe they’ll get it together before 2005. C

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