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Even the best bands, the biggest bands, the most important ones, are cosmic accidents, and a worldbeating career can hinge on a brief encounter. Blur’s story begins at Colchester’s Stanway Comprehensive School in the early ’80s, and a feisty collision between recent East London transplant Damon Albarn and local lad Graham Coxon.
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  • Audio CD (December 29, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol Music
  • ASIN: B00000I8T8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (222 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,194 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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. Trailerpark
10. Caramel
11. Trimm Trabb
12. No Distance Left To Run
13. Optigan 1

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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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Unquestionably the best song on the album.
This is a really cool album from Blur. "Coffee and TV" is a really cool song and there are heaps more like "Tender" that are good.
Kieran Hegarty
You have to give it a couple listens to really start liking it but once you do you absolutely fall in love with the whole cd!

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By medellia on January 31, 2005
Format: Audio CD
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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Michael Kluge on February 25, 2003
Format: Audio CD
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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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By David Groves on July 10, 2000
Format: Audio CD
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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Yakov, Smerd on February 4, 2006
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IMO, this is Blur's best. The band was unique in that each subsequent album was not only more "progressive," but also very different. Not many bands pull this off, but Blur did. It seems to me that 13 was the band's peak. The songs range from the choir-laden Tender to the Arabesque, hair-bandish Swamp Song. There's only one song I'm not fond of, Caramel, which just kind of drags on. All the rest are great. My favorites are Tender, Bugman, 1992 (Portishead-ish), Mellow Song (Radiohead-ish), and Trimm Trabb. Man, do I love Trimm Trabb! And I think the album's songs all fit together very nicely, a la Sgt. Peppers and American Idiot, where they all pretty much need to be there for it to make sense. After 13, I think Blur's Think Tank was disjointed and a bit indifferent - a few nice tunes, but no 13. You can hear Gorillaz being born in 13, I think. This is one of favorite albums.
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