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Attack Of The Grey Lantern

22 Jan. 2007 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 17 Feb. 1997
  • Release Date: 22 Jan. 2007
  • Label: EMI UK
  • Copyright: 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd. This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd
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  • Total Length: 1:00:12
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  • ASIN: B001INFPFI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,678 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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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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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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Format: Audio CD
Mansun's 1997 album, Attack of The Grey Lantern, certainly captures that psychedelic-rock spirit that many groups were emulating throughout the decade (Happy Mondays, Black Grape, The Stone Roses) whilst giving that distinctive Brit Pop flavour that was all the rage back then. The album plays more like an audible journey rather then a generic studio album at the time, which certainly does itself a lot of favours amongst some of the weaker tracks amongst the material most people will have heard from the group back then (Wide Open Space; Stripper Vicar). Whilst the hit-miss ratio is tolerable enough to go back to listening to it, Attack of The Grey Lantern remains a refreshing slice of psychedelic-infused Brit Pop that deserves a revisit now and then for anyone that remember Mansun from this intriguing decade in music.
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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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