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Artist: Blur

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Label: Virgin
Album: 13
# Song Title   Time
1)    Tender
2)    Bugman
3)    Coffee & TV
4)    Swamp Song
5)    1992
6)    B.L.U.R.E.M.I.
7)    Battle
8)    Mellow Song
9)    Trailer Park
10)    Caramel
11)    Trimm Trabb
12)    No Distance Left to Run
13)    Optigan 1

Performer Notes
  • Blur: Damon Albarn (vocals, keyboards); Graham Coxon (guitar); Alex James (bass); Dave Rowntree (drums).
  • Additional personnel includes: Jason Cox (drums); The London Community Gospel Choir.
  • Engineers: John Smith, Jason Cox, William Orbit.
  • Personnel: Damon Albarn (vocals); Graham Coxon (guitar); Dave Rowntree (drums).
  • Audio Mixer: William Orbit.
  • Recording information: 06/1998-10/1998.
  • 13 marks Blur hitting the 10-year mark as a band. During their first decade, the band went from being lumped in with Manchester bands such as Happy Mondays to becoming Brit-pop foils to Oasis. Their self-titled 1997 release found them inhabiting the same lo-fi neighborhood as American indie rockers like Pavement. On 13, the London based quartet joins forces with techno-pop producer William Orbit on a record whose inclusiveness manages to find room for both the gorgeous, choir-adorned "Tender" and "B.L.U.R.E.M.I.," a song that sounds like the illegitimate offspring of Wire, Devo, and Rick Dees.
  • Blur's work with Orbit finds them plunging deep into a lake of space-rock overflowing with wondrous sounds such as the pinging, Floyd-like tinkling, and hypnotic rhythms of "Battle," and the sputtering transmissions and bristling distortion permeating "Bugman." In straddling the dissolving lines between genres in the late '90s, Blur manages to trod the same ground as Underworld on "Trailerpark" and subscribes to the aforementioned jittery, lo-fi aesthetics on "Trimm Trabb." Despite all this experimentation, Blur still sneaks in perfect pop nuggets such as "Coffee & TV," where cheery harmonies share space with a squealing guitar.

Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (4/1/99, p.96) - 3 1/2 Stars (out of 5) - "...their sloppiest, most playful set yet, spiking the mix with church organ, electric piano and shambling drum loops. It's the kind of album you can't wait to play for your guitar-geek pals..."

Spin (5/99, pp.145-146) - 8 (out of 10) - "...This is electronica the old-fashioned, pre-digital, Krautrock way: Guitars scrape and scream, ancient synths bubble and belch, the rhythm section grooves as if beaming in from a distant planet....13...applies dance music's aural fixation to dirty guitar drones, warping and layering crudeness until it's vastly complicated..."

Entertainment Weekly (3/26/99, pp.82-83) - "...undeniably powerful in its own way." Rating B+"

Q (1/00, p.83) - Included in Q Magazine's "50 Best Albums of 1999."

Q (4/99, pp.92-93) - 4 Stars (out of 5) - "...a dense, fascinating, idiosyncratic and accomplished rock album.."

CMJ (3/22/99, p.3) - "...hazy experimental songs...painfully honest, introspective lyrics....13 is not the type of album that can be fully appreciated in one listen, but if you look beyond its imposing wall of sound, the view is quite beautiful."

Mojo (Publisher) (1/00, p.31) - Ranked #22 in Mojo Magazine's "Best of 1999."

Mojo (Publisher) (4/99, pp.88-90) - "...repeated playing...reveals an eerie, kaleidoscopic world of haunting, melodies and dazzling sonic detail... [Blur is] an experimental art-rock act, melding US noise with Euro noir electronica; but thankfully, an instinct for great pop still survives..."

Producer:Blur; William Orbit
Format:CD (0 Disc); Stereo
Studio/Live: Studio
Release Date:15 March, 1999

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Ashwin Gangisetty on
well. every cliché about blur being britpop to the bone aside: this album is truly a matserpiece, and one of the most underrated pop records of the nineties.

i dont feel like dwelling on the differences between blur, when blur is bloody english, and the blur that toss its guts right at the listener. this is simply something very different from what the band had ever done before, maybe except for tracks like 'sing' and 'essex dogs', though the intensity and the core of 13's tracklist is something quite astonishing.

its impossible for me to pinpoint certain tracks as better than the next one, as i think this is indeed an ALBUM, aching to be listened to as ONE piece. the atmosphere and despair in there is not to be written about, but listened to.

however, if you want to get the big picture before purchasing, you should probably listen to 'bugman', 'caramel' and 'battle', which would confuse the average blurhead a lot. simply go for the whole experience, and you wont regret a damn thing.

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