Picks and Pans Review: Elastica

updated 05/08/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/08/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Elastica

Leave it to a band named Elastica to stretch the limit on their musical aptitude. If this popular British, predominantly female, quartet (the drummer is male) had released this debut album with 10 songs, instead of 16, it would have been a fresh and captivating effort. Still, when Elastica's songs do work (such as the hypnotic "Connection" or the highly charged and clever "Line Up"), they're vastly enjoyable. With vocals that smack of Debbie Harry and techno riffs that recall Gary Numan, singers-guitarists Justine Frischmann and Donna Matthews will undoubtedly win fans of the '80s "new wave" pop. Unfortunately, they're just as likely to lose listeners intolerant of excess. (DGC)

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