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4.8 out of 5 stars
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4.8 out of 5 stars
Grand Prix
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on 11 July 2017
Only listened to half this album so far, having been alerted to it back in the day but never given it a listen before. Harmony laden guitar pop, a bit heavier than their most recent album (which I consider to be excellent) but the tunes are cracking.
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on 18 July 2017
Great band and a great cd.
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on 8 June 2017
Fantastic! Thank you :0)
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on 2 May 2010
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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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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on 13 July 2017
One of the most perfect albums ever recorded, I regret not listening to it many years before now.
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VINE VOICEon 21 June 2015
After the dismal showing of their underrated downbeat third album, 'Thirteen', Teenage Fanclub finally got rid of its faux-grunge inclinations and released an album of high quality, polished indie/jangle guitar pop that should have blown every other album from the Britpop days into the long grass. Maybe it was just too charming for its own good. Creation Records were probably more interested in the loutishness of the Gallaghers to push this record and if that's the case they have done the band and the album a great disservice.

Opening with Raymond McGinley's "About You", breezing through Gerard Love's classic "Sparky's Dream" and Norman Blake's ryely-titled "Mellow Doubt", 'Grand Prix' showed that all three songwriters had reached a collective peak that beat their previous impressive efforts. The album achieves greater height in the following four tracks, "Don't Look Back", "Verisimiltude" (can you imagine any Britpop band coming up with a song to match a title like that?), the brilliant "Neil Jung" (another brilliant title) and the mournful "Tears" that marries guitars, piano, brass and strings together in a beautiful song that somehow seems to read like a tribute to the late Kurt Cobain.

The pop smarts come back in the second half of the album with "Discolite", and "Say No" and "Going Places" display a downbeat indie-pop vibe before the sweet "I'll Make It Clear" and darker "I Gotta Know" bring us to the final, throwaway track called "Hardcore/Ballad", but even that is somehow rendered as an essential exit to a classic record.

Now, all this gushing may lead you to believe that I have lost perspective on this album, and, quite frankly, it is so great that there is no other way to express how awesome it is. 5 stars is the least it deserves.
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on 10 December 2002
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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on 17 August 2007
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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on 27 March 2001
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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