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All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
For all of the brilliance of records like Bandwagonesque and the underrated Thirteen, at times Teenage Fanclub seemed little more than a showcase for the laconic melodic genius of Norman Blake -- fairly or not, the songwriting contributions of bandmates Gerard Love and Raymond McGinley suffered mightily by comparison, mere filler when stacked alongside Blake-penned marvels like "The Concept" and "Norman 3." That said, the superb Grand Prix is perhaps the truest group effort in the Fannies' catalog -- more than ever before, their democratic approach truly bears fruit, and it's indicative of the disc's uniform excellence that the first Blake composition, the lovely "Mellow ...
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All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
For all of the brilliance of records like Bandwagonesque and the underrated Thirteen, at times Teenage Fanclub seemed little more than a showcase for the laconic melodic genius of Norman Blake -- fairly or not, the songwriting contributions of bandmates Gerard Love and Raymond McGinley suffered mightily by comparison, mere filler when stacked alongside Blake-penned marvels like "The Concept" and "Norman 3." That said, the superb Grand Prix is perhaps the truest group effort in the Fannies' catalog -- more than ever before, their democratic approach truly bears fruit, and it's indicative of the disc's uniform excellence that the first Blake composition, the lovely "Mellow Doubt," doesn't even surface until track three, by which time McGinley's "About You" and Love's harmony-rich "Sparky's Dream" have already firmly established the set's ragged-but-right tenor. While new drummer Paul Quinn fails to recreate the buoyantly reckless abandon of the sacked Brendan O'Hare, Grand Prix otherwise captures complete creative synergy -- in particular, "Don't Look Back" is Love's watershed moment, a gorgeously wistful love song highlighted by wittily lovelorn lyrics like "I'd steal a car to drive you home," as good a pick-up line as anything in the annals of rock & roll. Not everything works McGinley's "Verisimilitude" goes nowhere fast and Blake's contributions are still the highlights "Neil Jung" and "I'll Make It Clear" are simply perfect pop songs, but Grand Prix is ultimately the product of a band at the peak of its collective powers, not as much a landmark as Bandwagonesque but every bit as good on its own terms.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/17/1998
  • Label: Geffen Gold Line Sp.
  • UPC: 720642480229
  • Catalog Number: 24802

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 About You (2:41)
  2. 2 Sparky's Dream (3:17)
  3. 3 Mellow Doubt (2:42)
  4. 4 Don't Look Back (3:43)
  5. 5 Versimilitude (3:31)
  6. 6 Neil Jung (4:48)
  7. 7 Tears (2:43)
  8. 8 Discolite (3:07)
  9. 9 Say No (3:12)
  10. 10 Going Places (4:28)
  11. 11 I'll Make It Clear (2:33)
  12. 12 I Gotta Know (3:27)
  13. 13 Hardcore/Ballad (1:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Teenage Fanclub Primary Artist
Charles Banks Hand Clapping
Dinah Beamish Cello
David Bianco Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Nigel Hitchcock Alto Saxophone
Gerard Love Bass, Vocals
Raymond McGinley Guitar, Vocals
Jocelyn Pook Viola
Steve Sidwell Trumpet
Sonia Slany Violin
Jamie Talbot Tenor Saxophone
Jules Singleton Violin
Chas Banks Hand Clapping
Dinah Eamish Cello
Jim Parsons Hand Clapping
Chris White Baritone Saxophone
David Barker Hand Clapping
Paul Quinn Drums
Norman Blake Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Teenage Fanclub Producer
David Bianco Producer, Engineer
Sonia Slany Arranger
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the BEST 3 or 4 Power-Pop albums of the 1990's!

    Teenage Fanclub's _Grand Prix_ is one of the very best Power-Pop albums of the 1990's. The TFC take the sweet guitar jangle of bands like the Beatles, the Byrds, and Big Star and modernize it with a harder guitar sound somewhat similar to what Matthew Sweet did on his _Girlfriend_ album. This album contains four really excellent songs that will probably be considered Power-Pop classics for years. They are: The heavy stomping _Sparky's Dream_; the sweet and quiet _Mellow Doubt_; the relaxed versed/powerful chorused _Don't Look Back_; and the joyful punk pop song _Discolite_. I specifically mentioned the main highlights, but all thirteen songs are good and worth hearing! Gerard Love may be the best Power Pop songwriter of the 1990's. Get this and enjoy!

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