Mansun ‎– Attack Of The Grey Lantern

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Tracklist

The Chad Who Loved Me 5:02
Mansun's Only Love Song 5:55
Taxloss 7:02
You, Who Do You Hate? 3:06
Wide Open Space 4:31
Stripper Vicar 4:05
Disgusting 5:07
She Makes My Nose Bleed 3:55
Naked Twister 4:39
Egg Shaped Fred 4:11
Dark Mavis 8:36
(silence) 2:00
An Open Letter To The Lyrical Trainspotter 4:03

Versions (22)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
CDPCS 7387, 7243 855791 2 7 Mansun Attack Of The Grey Lantern(CD, Album) Parlophone, Parlophone CDPCS 7387, 7243 855791 2 7 Europe 1997 Sell This Version
PCS 7387 Mansun.* Attack Of The Grey Lantern(2xLP, Album) Parlophone PCS 7387 Europe 1997 Sell This Version
EK 67935 Mansun Attack Of The Grey Lantern(CD, Album) Epic EK 67935 Canada 1997 Sell This Version
CDEMCJ (WF) 5708 Mansun Attack Of The Grey Lantern(CD, Album) Parlophone CDEMCJ (WF) 5708 South Africa 1997 Sell This Version
7243 855791 2 7, CDPCS 7387 Mansun Attack Of The Grey Lantern(CD, Album) Parlophone, Parlophone 7243 855791 2 7, CDPCS 7387 Europe 1997 Sell This Version
CDPCS 7387, 7243 855791 2 7 Mansun Attack Of The Grey Lantern(CD, Album) Parlophone, Parlophone CDPCS 7387, 7243 855791 2 7 Europe 1997 Sell This Version
EK 67935 Mansun Attack Of The Grey Lantern(CD, Album) Epic EK 67935 US 1997 Sell This Version
TOCP 50095 Mansun Attack Of The Grey Lantern(CD, Album) Parlophone, EMI TOCP 50095 Japan 1997 Sell This Version
8557912, 7243 855791 2 7 Mansun Attack Of The Grey Lantern(CD, Album) Parlophone, Parlophone 8557912, 7243 855791 2 7 Australia 1997 Sell This Version
EK 67935 Mansun Attack Of The Grey Lantern(CD, Album, Club) Epic EK 67935 US 1997 Sell This Version
7243 855791 2 7 Mansun Attack Of The Grey Lantern(CD, Album, Ltd, Num, Promo, Tin) Parlophone 7243 855791 2 7 UK 1997 Sell This Version
AEK 67935 Mansun Attack Of The Grey Lantern(CD, Album, Promo, Car) Epic AEK 67935 US 1997 Sell This Version
7243 8 55791 4 1 Mansun Attack Of The Grey Lantern(Cass, Album) Parlophone 7243 8 55791 4 1 Poland 1997 Sell This Version
7243 855791 4 1, TCPCS 7387 Mansun Attack Of The Grey Lantern(Cass, Album) Parlophone, Parlophone 7243 855791 4 1, TCPCS 7387 UK 1997 Sell This Version
ET 67935 Mansun Attack Of The Grey Lantern(Cass, Album) Epic ET 67935 US 1997 Sell This Version
7243 855791 4 1, TCPCS 7387 Mansun Attack Of The Grey Lantern(Cass, Album) Parlophone, Parlophone 7243 855791 4 1, TCPCS 7387 Italy 1997 Sell This Version
none Mansun Attack Of The Grey Lantern(Cass, Promo) Parlophone none UK 1997 Sell This Version
5099963210323 Mansun.* Attack Of The Grey Lantern (3CD Collector's Edition)(CD, Album, RE + 2xCD, Comp) EMI, Parlophone 5099963210323 UK 2010 Sell This Version
Kscope970 Mansun Attack Of The Grey Lantern(2xLP, Album, RE, RM) Kscope Kscope970 UK 2018 Sell This Version
KSCOPE992 Mansun Attack Of The Grey Lantern(2xLP, Ltd, RE, RM, Pur) Kscope KSCOPE992 UK & Europe 2018 Sell This Version
KSCOPE603 Mansun Attack Of The Grey Lantern(CD, Album, Med) Kscope KSCOPE603 UK 2018 Sell This Version
KSCOPE541 Mansun Attack Of The Grey Lantern(CD, Album, RE, RM + 2xCD + DVD-V, Album, RE, RM, M) Kscope KSCOPE541 UK 2018 Sell This Version

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luckje_mj

luckje_mj

December 6, 2020
referencing Attack Of The Grey Lantern, CD, Album, 7243 855791 2 7, CDPCS 7387

Es hätte ein so schönes Konzeptalbum werden können, aber es sollte wohl nicht sein. Was ein Hidden-Track alles zerstören kann. Dieses Album kann man vom ersten bis zum letzten Stück in einem anhören. Und es ist gut. Man verzweifelt zwar an den ersten drei Songs, da man im Hintergrund TripHop hört, im Vordergrund aber schönen Alternative-Pop. Ich dachte nie, daß so etwas zusammenpasst, aber wie man hört, bei Mansun schon. Dann folgt bei "You, who do you hate?" ein Kirchenglocken-Intro bzw. Outro, was auch noch nicht so oft dagewesen ist. Und dann folgen nur noch zuckersüße Alternative-Pop-Perlen. Bei "Dark mavis" werden sogar noch Klavierfragmente benutzt. Nun, um auf den ersten Satz dieser Kritik zurückzukommen, bei diesem Album merkt man die Übergänge der einzelnen Songs kaum, was nicht stört. Was aber stört, ist der Hidden-Track. Er passt zwar auch auf dieses Album, hätte aber unbedingt als zwölftes Stück eingebaut werden müssen.
southpawgrammar

southpawgrammar

November 22, 2020
referencing Attack Of The Grey Lantern, CD, Album, CDPCS 7387, 7243 855791 2 7
Mansun's debut album is not what you would expect from an English band operating during the Britpop era. Uncommonly accomplished and astonishing for an inexperienced band admittedly unskilled with their instruments, Mansun exploded onto the scene and offered something distinctive for those jaded by the glut of trad, grunge and indie rock abounding the airwaves during the 1990s. Despite adopting the forcefully delivered, almost sneering vocal stylings of the Manics and the histrionic grandiosity of Suede, Mansun lacks the socially charged lyricism and crossover appeal of either. "Attack Of The Grey Lantern" instead utilized phased guitars, piano stabs, synth effects, and drum machines, structuring them into unconventional, protracted compositions augmented by a pervading Mike Leigh small-town narrative. Incorporating incongruent flourishes of goth, glam and house, this well-executed and divergent album tempers the band's propensity for self-indulgence with innovative edginess from the perspective of a superhero, The Grey Lantern. This inventive extension was impressive to say the least, and enhances the album's mysterious qualities.

"Attack Of The Grey Lantern" is a loose concept album filled with weird characters and situations as ordinary as they are left-field, in turn exposing a gritty, twisted social sphere with a comedic edge. It is this pervading theme of idiosyncrasy that seems to form a concept of sorts, with the songs segued together as a means of connecting them thematically. Having said that, "Wide Open Space" is the only track on the album that can be successfully removed from this ambitious, vivid context. Epic, shimmering and utterly dramatic, "Wide Open Space" expertly balances said probing into a netherworld with cinematic, entirely urgent bombast. From the intricate musical backdrop saturated with propulsive keyboards and guitars, seductive harmonies, commanding atmospherics and hallucinatory flair, the song never falls into pomposity despite being one of the more confidently sophisticated singles of the '90s. It works both as a breath-taking standalone single as much as an integral component of the album's essence.

"Attack Of The Grey Lantern" should be experienced in its entirety in order to fully appreciate its expanse and the unfathomable indistinctness and overwrought conceptual feel of it all. This is a dark yet theatrical album that sounds immediately excessive and stylish with its orchestrations and imposing instrumental elaborations, but the grungy vibrancy and humorous parish tales are evident only on repeat listens, and this task can seem unendurable considering the lengthy nature of the album; the power of the album's thematic assimilations and allusions are only discernible. No song is straightforward - "Egg-Shaped Fred" and "Stripper Vicar" are parochial perversity at its finest, whilst "The Chad Who Loved Me", "Disgusting", "She Makes My Nose Bleed" and "Mansun's Only Love Song" subvert cheesy Bond themes and romantic, soulful pop, hence why the album requires keen insight and concentration, but the reward is something resembling satisfaction if you enjoy pretentious albums containing fluid sonic textures, moods and styles. And Mansun's darkly alluring filtering of punk and new wave through a fractured prog pop veil is definitely something to behold, especially if you lean more towards Radiohead than Blur in terms of musical preference. Since their late '90s peak, Mansun are less relevant than they once were in the grand scheme of Britpop, but for a reminder of how much potential they had as an ambitious musical unit, then look no further than this flow of visionary material. "Attack Of The Grey Lantern" puts a psychedelic spin on the Britpop formula and the result is an unexpected triumph of illusive off-centre alternative rock that should have wowed far more than college audiences.
dbarila

dbarila

January 22, 2019
referencing Attack Of The Grey Lantern, 2xLP, Ltd, RE, RM, Pur, KSCOPE992
This version sounds great! Dead quiet and nice full sound. Only complaint is that the sleeve is kind of flimsy and the pockets don't really close flat. They stay kind of bubbled up.
chevvies

chevvies

January 15, 2019
referencing Attack Of The Grey Lantern, CD, Album, RE, RM + 2xCD + DVD-V, Album, RE, RM, M, KSCOPE541
Can anyone comment on the DVD 24/48 Linear audio, is it a flat transfer? Thanks.
19Jonny80

19Jonny80

July 1, 2018
edited over 3 years ago
referencing Attack Of The Grey Lantern, 2xLP, Ltd, RE, RM, Pur, KSCOPE992

The 'hidden' track you find on the CD version is missing on the vinyl (it would fit, albeit without the lengthy silence before it). Otherwise, this is excellent, and I got mine signed by Paul Draper at Rough Trade. Wish I thought of something better to say to the man I idolised when I was 17.
phelix_optigan

phelix_optigan

June 13, 2018
referencing Attack Of The Grey Lantern, CD, Album, RE, RM + 2xCD + DVD-V, Album, RE, RM, M, KSCOPE541
A near perfect release. Glorious packaging and content, but the awful 5.1 mix is the worst I have EVER heard. PDub has made some bad mixes in the past but this takes the biscuit!
Blessedheart85

Blessedheart85

June 8, 2018
referencing Attack Of The Grey Lantern, 2xLP, Album, RE, RM, Kscope970
Absolutely flawless reissue. Completely silent, no noise, and the remastering is crystal clear. Couldn't be happier with it. I always loved this album but I don't think I've ever enjoyed it quite that much before! Bring on the Six reissue...
laibach37

laibach37

June 8, 2018
referencing Attack Of The Grey Lantern, 2xLP, Ltd, RE, RM, Pur, KSCOPE992

Overall, the differences between this and the original feel quite subtle through most of the record, which makes sense; this is a classic for a reason. But where they do come through, they really do feel like enhancements and not just tweaks for the sake of it.
david_carter1969

david_carter1969

June 7, 2018
edited over 3 years ago
referencing Attack Of The Grey Lantern, CD, Album, RE, RM + 2xCD + DVD-V, Album, RE, RM, M, KSCOPE541

What a wonderfully presented package at a fair price too, I wish all deluxe releases had this much care and attention. All credit to Kscope and everyone involved.
Tre_Cool

Tre_Cool

November 27, 2017
referencing Attack Of The Grey Lantern, 2xLP, Album, PCS 7387
Official reissue upcoming on kscope sometime 2018 by the looks of this: http://www.kscopemusic.com/artists/mansun/