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  • Audio CD (17 April 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B0000074DP
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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Grand Prix

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By "boyfromnorthernbritain" on 10 Dec. 2002
Format: Audio CD
When talking about 'Grand Prix' it's difficult not to get carried away. When you think of Teenage Fanclub you may envisage middle-of-the-road twee musical pap from poncey Scottish poets who are too limp-wristed to thrash out a decent rock choon. And you'd be utterly wrong. When 'Sparky's Dream' explodes and the fragile 'Mellow Doubt' quells, you realise just how extraordinary and versatile this band are. The lyrics are wonderful (how did they manage to make "the sun shines in your eyes so brighten up my city sky" not sound like a crap chat-up line?) and the harmonies are delightful. 'Discolite' marches on with authority, and the pleasure sustained throughout the understated 'Going Places' leaves you with a warm glow. Perhaps 'Verisimilitude' needs to be heard live to be fully appreciated, but the finale 'Hardcore/Ballad' embodies everything there is to treasure about this album, blending the hardest and the softest aspects of the previous songs.
The word 'pop' seems insulting in today's music culture, but if taken literally as 'something that everyone will like' then 'Grand Prix' is undoubtedly the greatest pop album of all time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robert Machin on 2 May 2010
Format: Audio CD
Only fourteen reviews for this gleaming pop gem?

A simply fantastic record, one of the albums of the nineties and at at this kind of price it's a crime not to own it. In common with much other Fannies material, Grand Prix both jangles and rocks, semi-acoustics thrashed through overdriven AC30s, but still leaving plenty of room for those effortless harmonies, existing somewhere in the space between Big Star, REM and the Hollies, but with melodies to top any of them. Why were they not huge? My guess is that none of them had the colossal ego that hugeness demands - too unassuming and funny to carry off the whole rockstar thing - and that kind of stupid name, which - just my theory - I reckon a lot of people never got beyond. Well, their loss, because pop genius this special doesn't call very often...
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By stuart.mackenzie5@btinternet.com on 28 Aug. 2001
Format: Audio CD
Only the ideal synergy of chunky chords, wistful lyrics and cracked harmonies can fill our dangerous and depressing world with sunshine and exultation on every listen. Luckily for them the Fannies mastered the trick first time out, and luckily for us they believe in refinements rather than new directions. Grand Prix isn't quite as lovable as some of their other albums, but it's their most polished and consistent. Sparky's Dream and Neil Jung are the best singles they ever released, and Verisimilitude has a tune worthy of its wonderful title. Don't be put off by the fact that they never quite made the big time - that says a lot more about the British public and its radio stations than it does about the Fannies. You will be denying yourself a guaranteed works-every-time happy pill if you do not buy this album.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By danclay77 on 17 Aug. 2007
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Quite simply - the best and most underated album of the 90's! A real joy. I bought this on the strength of "Sparky's Dream" and the first 11 tracks are genuis. A shame that the final 2 don't quite match up - editing the album would make it perfect - but BUY THIS - IT'S BRILLIANT!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Moonchief on 31 Oct. 2008
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After the critical hoo-ha of Bandwagonesque, the music press seemed to treat Teenage Fanclub as a sort of invisible institution, never frothing with excitement over their subsequent releases. However, their next album, Grand Prix, was an absolute polished gem of a record.

As far as strong starts go, you cannot fault the impeccable programming of the first five tracks of this album. The hits, literally, keep on coming. Having three songwriters, with distinct yet harmonious voices is what has made The Fannies (sorry) a continuous joy to behold.

There are some great singles on here 'Sparky's Dream', 'Mellow Doubt' and a whole host of tracks that would make Travis et al sell their worthless souls for a mere hint of this sparkling talent.

If you love jangly, harmonized power pop in the vein of The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Byrds and Big Star (all the B's) then this album is for you. In fact, everyone in the world should own it. Buy it now!!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. J. Hulme on 27 Mar. 2001
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After the relative disappointment of Thirteen, my expectations of this album were low. After eating my way through large amounts of humble pie, I have to say that it is nothing short of a classic album. Teenage Fanclub have always been blessed with three great songwriters, and this is the album that proves just how gifted a band they are. Not one bad track here, just gorgeous three-part harmonies and beatiful melodies, with enough edge to appeal to the 'rockers' as much as the fans that see them as the missing Beatles/Big Star link. Any fan of guitar-based pop would be doing themselves a disservice by not owning this album. It is fantastic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Jonathan Robin Oxley on 23 Aug. 2007
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Along with Radiohead's The Bends, this is without doubt the album of 1995. All three songwriters are on top form. Norman Blake's Neil Jung and Mellow Doubt, Gerard Love's Sparky's Dream and Don't Look Back, Raymond McGinley's About You and Verisimilitude - all classics. Worth noting that Paul Quinn was brought in as drummer for this album and the band seem to play a lot tighter because of it. I can't believe this didn't make a bigger impact but, apparently, the marketing of the album was rubbish. Buy now!
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