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Attack Of The Grey Lantern [CD]

Mansun Audio CD
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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 (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,009 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. The Chad Who Loved Me 5:020.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Mansun's Only Love Song 5:550.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Taxloss 7:020.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. You Who Do You Hate 3:060.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Wide Open Space 4:310.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Stripper Vicar 4:050.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Disgusting 5:070.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. She Makes My Nose Bleed 3:550.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Naked Twister 4:400.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Egg Shaped Fred 4:110.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Dark Mavis 8:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. An Open Letter To The Lyrical Trainspotter 4:020.99  Buy MP3 

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

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Genius ! 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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 29 Nov 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This, put simply, is one of my favourite albums of all time. The theme running throughout it is very clever, the songs have a kind of black comedy and Paul Draper's voice is brilliant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best "Indie" album of the 90's 21 Jun 2005
Format:Audio CD
Before The Killer's, The Libertines, The Bravery et al, there wasn't much!
Throughout the 90's Oasis we're preaching the same boring nonsense, Supergrass made pop records and the Stereophonics bored the living day light out of me(and anybody else with a bit of common sense).
BUT, in 1997 there was one or two exeptional bands around (if you looked hard enough)-and one of those was the brilliant outcasts-Mansun.
They never really did fit in with the rest of the Brit-Pop garbage back then, but who cares?
"Attack Of The Grey Lantern" is simply one of the best and most accomplished albums i've ever heard.
As a 16 year old Guitarist in 1997-hearing this album was for me, a LIFE changer.
I'd never heard an album so daringly insperational, unique, diverse, honest and modest, and original.
"The Chad Who Loved Me", "Wide Open Space", "Mansun's Only Love Song" and "Taxloss" are my personal favorites.Paul Draper had one of the best voices i've ever heard...(Chris who?)
Forget what the fickle music press press had to say about this band.
Just listen to the album and tell me it isn't good!
A truely unforgetable listen
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A 90s Classic 7 Oct 2004
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Format:Audio CD
Amazing that this magnificent debut album should be so underrated as to be undiscovered country for so many people. It's a classic for so many reasons - as has been said, there isn't a weak track on the album. Most people remember Wide Open Space as a 90s anthem, as well as the other singles Taxloss and She Makes My Nose Bleed, but all the songs share the same quality, wit and bizarre sense of humour. Mansun's achievement is in making an album so full of catchy tunes and singalong choruses which is at the same time so eccentric, dark, hypnotic and surreal. Paul Draper has a superb voice, one moment singing angelically like a choirboy and the next belting out the loud and electrifying anthems elsewhere. The album is bursting with ideas and innovation, it flows through your head like a dream and you're guaranteed to find yourself singing different bits of it to yourself when you least expect to!
Attack of the Grey Lantern loosely tells the story of 'Mavis' and her father, a vicar who combines his respectable day-job with a kinky alter-ego as a stripper and drag queen, and who dies presumably as a result of his activities. The story carries it's own fascination from one fantastic song to the next - Stripper Vicar is quite simply one of the greatest songs of the 90s and tells the tale with hilarious lyrics ("I think he got suspended in his stockings and suspenders, and he's making wine from water while he dresses like his daughter, and we know that he's a rip off cos we've seen him with his kit off!") while elsewhere we hear poignant and beautiful songs such as Dark Mavis with it's soaring string section and sombre description of the funeral arrangements.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still one of my favourite albums 27 Mar 2007
Format:Audio CD
This album came out in 1997, this was Mansun's first album & includes the hit singles Wide Open Space & Stripper Vicar.

I bought this on cassette when it first came out to listen to on my walkman on the way to college & have almost worn the tape out, I then had this album on mini disk format, but now have this on CD due to the CD player in the car. This album hasn't aged at all, it still has the same overall feel & would fit in well with some of the songs that are around today.

My favorite track is still, Disgusting, it along with all the other tracks, they still make me want to sing along with them & still make me think that this is one of the best albums that I have ever owned.

I can't stress this enough, this album hasn't aged & still sounds good. In my opinion is the best of Mansun's albums, I've had them all, & they have all departed my collection in one way of another but Attic of The Grey Lantern is still there & I'm very sad but I have them in 3 formats, none of which I will part with.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very good album that tails off a little toward the end
It starts off very strongly and brings back a lot of memories from the 90's. Many good tracks on here and worth a listen, though I sort of feel the drive went out of the album... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Woodster
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark and Original
An original and quite superb album. Dark themes aboud along with 'The League of Gentlemen' grand guignol tyype tongue in cheek humor. Read more
Published 4 months ago by daveoc
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute classic
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. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Brody1975
5.0 out of 5 stars The Peak of Brit Pop
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. Read more
Published 23 months ago by agriff
4.0 out of 5 stars British indie with a twist
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. Read more
Published on 14 Mar 2012 by MideastMC
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent.
Why did such talent disapear so early in what should have been a long and successful 'band' career,(one for you Mr Draper? Read more
Published on 16 Nov 2011 by Mr. P. Murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars Leicester Bangs Review (1997):
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",... Read more
Published on 23 Dec 2010 by Leicester Bangs
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
Like many I bought this album having only heard wide open space, which I loved,the price was low so I took a chance, I'm more than glad to say its a chance I don't regret,... Read more
Published on 26 April 2008 by D. Mccutcheon
3.0 out of 5 stars Not really my thing
To commemorate the release of their single Taxloss, Mansun came up with a publicity stunt where commuters at London's Liverpool Street station were showered with 25,000 to herald... Read more
Published on 19 Oct 2007 by Greg Farefield-Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars British Album Of The Decade???
When looking back on the '90s music scene in Britain, this really should be rated as one of the best albums that came out. Read more
Published on 26 July 2007 by Gertrude Stein
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