It's a shame that it takes career retrospective compilations to remind you of just exactly how good an act can be, and, in this day and age, how timely they sound, even eight-nine years after the songs were first released. But so it is with Elastica and their recently released The Radio One Sessions compilation. The set spans the band's career from 1993-1999, but it's the earlier BBC-recorded material that shines and it's the earlier material that evokes Elastica's Britpop boundary breaking sound. "Waking Up," "Annie," "Vaseline" and "Line Up," are just a few of the tracks that show the brilliance of Justine Frischmann, Donna Matthews and the rest of early-career Elastica, and with the upswing of female fronted art-punk acts like Yeah Yeah Yeahs and The Kills, these tracks sound just as good today as they did almost a decade ago. It just goes to prove that good songwriting will rise to the top, regardless of the era. Reinvestigate Elastica and remember why the buzz existed in the first place.
JEREMY P. GOLDSTEIN