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13 by Blur

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Unlike many English pop bands, Blur have always defied convention. When the neopsychedelic swagger of their debut single "There's No Other Way" caught on in 1991, the band shifted gears, adopting a playfully classic British rock sound reminiscent of the Kinks. When that clicked two years later, Blur turned all slack and noisy, garnering their first real American hit with "Song 2." So, does 13 follow in the same tradition as their last disc? Of course not. Subordinating melody for atmosphere, 13 is a diverse, subversive odyssey forsaking worn paths to explore roads less traveled, such as country-gospel ("Tender"), combustive glam ("Bugman"), and expansive space-dub ("Battle," "Trimm Trabb"). Lyrically, vocalist Damon Albarn is consumed with his breakup with Elastica frontwoman Justine Frischmann, but while the songs on 13 are often moody and melancholy, Blur are far too musically adventurous to ever resort to mere self-pity. --Jon Wiederhorn
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  • Audio CD (December 29, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Food / Virgin
  • Run Time: 66 minutes
  • ASIN: B00000I8T8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (223 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,544 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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.

howl!!
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It seemed around this time most bands were falling apart in one way or another, and in the process were making some effing brilliant records. Radiohead had their classic OK Computer, REM had their maligned but darkly wonderful Up, Smashing Pumpkins had their surprisingly good Adore. All these albums seemed to benefit enormously from the darkness surrounding them (Thom Yorke's difficulties with rock stardom, REM and Smashing Pumpkins losing their drummer, Billy Corgan losing his mother), and 13 is no exception.
Though the inspiration for this album seems much less tragic (Damon Albarn's breakup with his girlfriend from Elastica), the music conjured up is no less amazing. 13 really was (and is) something new in the world of banal stereotypical music. It turns almost every rock cliche on its head, with "Tender" stretching the tried-and-true gospel choir into an almost eight-minute long epic, "Bugman's" fuzzed-out guitar a straight answer to grunge and shoegazing, "Swamp Song" a brilliant cop-out of 70's rock, Iggy Pop and his ilk.
But the second half of the album is where the band really streches their wings. Britpop is all but left behind on the terrific "Battle," where thundering drums are surrounded by squalls of guitar noise and Albarn's vocals are almost indecipherable. "Mellow Song" is more a reconciliation with their past, with a gentle wistful melody breaking into an almost trip-hop beat and warped guitars at the end. "Trailerpark" is even farther out, almost mantra-esque. "Caramel" is superb, the sound of crawling on one's hands and knees in search of a lost love. The long instrumental breakdown is incredible, with Graham Coxon's axe virtually shedding fire.
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In 1998 Damon Albarn split from his girlfriend of 7 years Elastica's Justine Frischmann. As with any great songwriter, he let his songs express how he was feeling and this is the painstaking theme running through Blur's sixth album '13'. This was very much a studio album as Blur locked themselves in studio 13 for six months to produce this, their best album for 5 years. Britain at this time was coming down from the musical high of Brit-pop and artificial boybands were again polluting the charts. This album was needed to show that musical forms can still be moved on and that no-one can master it as well as Blur. Early criticism was inevitable from the cynical British press but for many of its listeners, this album grows and grows on you until you to can feel Damon's pain.
The gospel-filled opener 'Tender' bares Damon's emotions all too clearly, seducing you into their ever-growing wide musical spectrum. Graham Coxon's love of guitar distortion and experimentalism is apparent throughout the album giving it an edge like no other album that decade. 'Coffee and TV' (sung by Coxon), reaffirms your belief that Blur write the best melodic pop/rock songs today. '1992' includes typical Blur chord changes but as ever alters almost unrecognisably to an intriguing psychedilic/grunge format unlike anything else heard before.
'B.L.U.R.E.M.I' is the only song not worthy of being included as it unnecessarily re-introduces the 'Song 2', 'Chinese Burns' elements from their previous album 'Blur', but every song following it is near perfect emotional experimentalism.
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I love blur, and I loved this album [though sometimes I have no idea why], but you don't need to pay the extra dough for the 'limited edition'. All you get for your extra money is: a poster f/ the cover on one side [grahm's not a bad artist, but do you need more than just the cover sized version?] and a bunch of versions of the #13 which let you see how the 13 is actually a B. Oo. And you get the enhanced extras: a discography you can access at their website and the band's thoughts on the 13 tracks + 3 more questions. Cool, right? But what do they have to say about each one? For example, Bugman. Alex: "This next song is Bugman, and it's heavy." That's it! Don't expect any insight that will change your mind completely about the album--if you like the album, you'll like it still, but these extras won't turn you around. Oh yeah, and you get the box & silly bifold storage sleave. Oo.
So just buy the regular version of "13"; it's a good album, though not for the close minded.
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