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  • Audio CD (17 Feb. 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Parlophone/EMI
  • ASIN: B0000071WJ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,277 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. The Chad Who Loved Me 5:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  4. You Who Do You Hate 3:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Wide Open Space 4:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Stripper Vicar 4:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Disgusting 5:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. She Makes My Nose Bleed 3:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Naked Twister 4:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Egg Shaped Fred 4:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Dark Mavis 8:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. An Open Letter To The Lyrical Trainspotter 4:02£0.99  Buy MP3 

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The British guitar bands 1997 debut album features 11 tracks. EMI.


Mansun--whose records regularly go Top 10 in the UK, whose tours sell out effortlessly, but whose lead singer most people would be hard-pressed to name--are impossible to figure out; one gets the impression they prefer things that way. In successive photo shoots, they've been known to appear as safety-pinned punks, eyelinered New Romantics and Adidas-clad lads just to mess with people's perceptions, and never feature in their own videos.

Led by singer Paul Draper and guitarist Dominic Chad, Mansun arrived in 1996 straight outta Chester. While their peers were worshipping at the altar of Lennon, Marriott and Weller, Mansun were name-checking such off-limits influences as Duran Duran, Talk Talk, the Associates, Simple Minds and ABC. It's this blatant disregard for indie credibility that allowed Mansun to make such an ambitious, astonishingly opulent debut album. Attack Of The Grey Lantern creates a lucid musical narcosis, a waking dream, all multi-layered guitars and spooky samples: the mewing of drowning cats, the tolling of submerged church bells, WW2 air raid sirens (smoothed and airbrushed to sound like whalesong), ghostly operatic tenors, oceanic strings, and the Fahrenheit 451 crackle of burning paper (money? books? bibles?). It's almost--whisper it--a CONCEPT album. The titular Grey Lantern is a superhero exposing the moral hypocrisy of smalltown England, as exemplified by the irresistible "Stripper Vicar", the true story of a female friend, the daughter of a church minister, who found S&M apparatus in her father's wardrobe. A fantastic debut. --Simon Price

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Justine K on 10 April 2005
Format: Audio CD
I hadn't even had the album for a week, but it almost instantly nestled itself into the position of being one of my all time favourite albums. I was familiar with the song Wide Open Space, and on its strength decided to buy the album. And not a moment too soon! Upon listening to the rest of the album I promptly forget about Wide Open Space and became absorbed in the other intriguing songs. Of course it's still brilliant, but with The Chad Who Loved Me as the opening track with its sumptuous strings and powerful chorus, it is quite understandable to do so.

And Stripper Vicar, has indeed, got to be one of the best crafted, 'soundtrack to the 90's' pop/rock song. It is dark, yet so bizarre and humorous. It's totally fascinating and enthralling; in fact, the whole album is. I entirely agree that there isn't a weak track present.

Some more of the album's highlights are the songs Taxloss, She Makes My Nose Bleed and Egg shaped Fred. They're all such strong songs with tunes/lyrics that are just impossible to dislodge ("We think you are stupid, we give you money because our assets are fluid"). The only difference is that, unlike many other catchy rock/pop songs, you actually WANT them to be stuck in your mind. Some of the tracks vaguely remind me of Blur, but far, far, better. Unlike Blur, they are deeper, more profound and generally more intelligent.

Combine catchy pop song tunes and choruses to strong guitar chords, then add a twist of bizarre wit, humour and irony, and you are getting close to having an idea of what this amazing album is like.
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By Brody1975 on 7 Jan. 2014
Format: Audio CD
I was a dyed-in-the-wool metal fan at the time when I moved in with my somewhat more indie-centric housmates and this album was rarely off the ridiculously sub-woofed hi-fi. Much of what they listened to didn't interest me but I found myself drawn to this album. Was it Wide Open Space the single I'd heard on the radio at the time? Was it the epic, concept album-like quality of all the tracks blended into one? Ws it the unstoppable chorus of Taxloss? Was it the multi-layered and ingenious production? Was it the cheeky dark humour?

In truth, it was all those things which led me to put this one on the stereo when everyone else was out. Well, all things come to an end and I moved out to pastures new, leaving this album behind. A couple of years later however, I picked it up for myself, because I realised that it really does have a special place in my musical heart. Not only does it remind me of that time, but it also reminds me of what a talented and criminally underated band Mansun were and how, long after the tide of fly-by-night band of the moment Britpop dross has ebbed, this album remains. There's much merit in the band's other work too, but they were never able to top this - one of the all-time classic debut albums ever released.

To put it in perspective, this sits alongside such albums as Physical Graffiti, Number of the Beast, The Pleasure Principle, ... And Justice For All, Rust in Peace, Clutching at Straws, 2112, the Inalienable Dreamless and The Lamb Lies down on Broadway in my list of all-time faves.

An essential purchase for any fan of real music, no matter what your preferred genre.
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Format: Audio CD
This is one of those pre-OK Computer albums that I've always thought of as inseparable from its time, but that's not to say it's exactly typical. It draws heavily upon Suede and late 80s new-wave, for example, but Mansun's glam and indie personae are only ever approximations which morph just as soon as you think you've spotted something you recognise. Rich orchestral strings give way to echoey guitars and drum loops, vocals are at times gentle and soaring, at others abrasive, with wry lyrics about odd characters, and there are some pleasingly strange samples and song transitions. Consequently, in the context of the album, their version of a radio-friendly Britpop blast, Egg Shaped Fred, emerges as an ironic, almost weary commentary on the real thing. There are no perfect, timeless songs on the album, but this is an unusual, wide-ranging but coherent, and sometimes wonderful record.
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By Leicester Bangs TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 23 Dec. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Mansun - Attack Of The Grey Lantern (Parlophone)
With two hit singles under their belts, the slightly annoying "Stripper Vicar" and the truly wonderful "Wide Open Space", Mansun have made a mighty ambitious debut album. From the John Barry(ish) orchestrated intro into the first track, the wonderful "The Chad Who Loved Me", it's obvious that they don't intend to take any prisoners.

The songs are long; nearly half are over five minutes, bit that's okay because they never cease to be entertaining. We're not talking about a bunch of snot-nosed punks here, overawed in the studio for the first time; this band demands respect and gets it. Buy this album immediately and in a year's time you'll be talking about in the same way Radiohead's "The Bends" is being talked about now. It's that good. 9/10.
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By agriff on 24 July 2012
Format: Audio CD
I bought this on first release back in '97, when I was studying for my A-levels. It was brilliant then and remains brilliant a somewhat depressing 15 years later. Of the large batch of "brit-pop" albums I bought during that era this is the one I continue to come back to time and time again. While everyone else at the time trying to sound like The Beatles this was significantly different. Each song drifting into the next to give the feel of single piece comprised of different movements. The lyrics dark and subversive.

Sadly, it was such a masterpiece there was no way they could follow it up. Their second album, Six, was a valiant attempt, but ultimately just felt messy and disjointed.
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