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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 (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,945 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Chad Who Loved Me
  2. Mansun's Only Love Song
  3. Taxloss
  4. You Who Do You Hate
  5. Wide Open Space
  6. Stripper Vicar
  7. Disgusting
  8. She Makes My Nose Bleed
  9. Naked Twister
  10. Egg Shaped Fred (Album Version)
  11. Dark Mavis
  12. An Open Letter To The Lyrical Trainspotter

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Mansun - Attack Of The Grey Lantern - Cd

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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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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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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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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 before it was finished. It's a sound that stood out from the predominant genres of the period, and that stands up well today without sounding dated. A difficult thing to do, sometimes. I highly recommend it.
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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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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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Easily one of the best albums of the 90s (and indeed the past 20 years) and one that still sounds as good today as the day it was released. The band may have fallen by the wayside after the slightly bonkers follow-up "Six" and their forgettable third album but the music from their debut stands the test of time. With catchy singles including the epic "Wide Open Space" and "Taxloss" as well as myriad music genres thrown into the mix, this album never gets boring. Everybody should own a copy of this.
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