Grand Prix (album)

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Grand Prix
Grandprixfanclubalbum.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 29, 1995
Recorded5 September–9 October 1994 at The Manor, Shipton-on-Cherwell
Genre
Length42:09
Label
Producer
Teenage Fanclub chronology
Deep Fried Fanclub
(1995)
Grand Prix
(1995)
Songs from Northern Britain
(1997)

Grand Prix is the fifth album by Scottish alternative rock band Teenage Fanclub, released in May 1995 via Creation Records.

Album cover[edit]

The now-defunct Formula One racing team Simtek provided the car that appears on the front cover.[1]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[2]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music5/5 stars[3]
Entertainment WeeklyC+[4]
Mojo5/5 stars[5]
NME9/10[6]
Pitchfork8.5/10[7]
Q5/5 stars[8]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[9]
Spin4/10[10]
Uncut8/10[11]

Upon release, Grand Prix received almost unanimous critical acclaim. Writing for The Independent, Andy Gill called it "winsome and reflective",[12] while Angela Lewis of the same publication described Grand Prix as a "breathtakingly superb (album) with finely honed dynamics, nagging harmonies and deceptively simple lyrics".[13] In 2000, Q placed Grand Prix at number 72 in its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever,[citation needed] and in 2004 it made number 72 on The Observer Music Monthly's top 100 British albums list.[14]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."About You"Raymond McGinley2:41
2."Sparky's Dream"Gerard Love3:17
3."Mellow Doubt"Norman Blake2:42
4."Don't Look Back"Love3:43
5."Verisimilitude"McGinley3:31
6."Neil Jung"Blake4:48
7."Tears"Blake2:43
8."Discolite"Love3:07
9."Say No"McGinley3:12
10."Going Places"Love4:28
11."I'll Make It Clear"Blake2:33
12."I Gotta Know"McGinley3:27
13."Hardcore/Ballad"Blake1:48

Personnel[edit]

Teenage Fanclub
Additional musicians
Technical personnel
  • Teenage Fanclub – co-producer, sleeve design
  • David Bianco – co-producer
  • Stephen Marcussen – mastering
  • Sonia Slany – arrangement
  • George Borowski – guitar maintenance
  • Marcus Tomlinson – front cover photography
  • John Andrews – cover shoot co-ordinator
  • Robert Fisher – "Grand Prix" logo designer
  • Toby Egeinick – sleeve layout

References[edit]

  1. ^ Grand Prix sleeve notes
  2. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Grand Prix – Teenage Fanclub". AllMusic. Retrieved 18 June 2009.
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8.
  4. ^ Eddy, Chuck (14 July 1995). "Grand Prix". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  5. ^ Eccleston, Danny (September 2018). "Whatever you want". Mojo (298): 100.
  6. ^ Cameron, Keith (27 May 1995). "Teenage Fanclub – Grand Prix". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on 14 October 2000. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  7. ^ Sodomsky, Sam (11 August 2018). "Teenage Fanclub: Bandwagonesque / Thirteen / Grand Prix / Songs From Northern Britain / Howdy!". Pitchfork. Retrieved 11 August 2018.
  8. ^ Collins, Andrew (July 1996). "Teenage Fanclub: Grand Prix". Q (118): 129.
  9. ^ Sisario, Ben (2004). "Teenage Fanclub". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. p. 805. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  10. ^ Cohen, Jason (July 1995). "Teenage Fanclub: Grand Prix". Spin. 11 (4): 76. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  11. ^ Deusner, Stephen M. (September 2018). "Teenage Fanclub: Bandwagonesque / Thirteen / Grand Prix / Songs from Northern Britain / Howdy!". Uncut (256): 51.
  12. ^ Gill, Andy (26 May 1995). "Review: Teenage Fanclub, Grand Prix". The Independent. Retrieved 18 June 2009.
  13. ^ Lewis, Angela (2 June 1995). "Feature: Teenage Fanclub Preview". The Independent. Retrieved 18 June 2009.
  14. ^ "Feature: Observer Music Monthly's top 100 British albums". The Observer. 20 June 2004. Retrieved 18 June 2009.