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  • Vinyl (May 24, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Org Music
  • ASIN: B004WJRJTU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #382,974 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Thirteen is the fourth album from Scotland's Teenage Fanclub, which was named after the song of the same title, by the iconic noise pop band, Big Star. It is also a clear indicator of where Teeanage Fanclub's heads were at creatively in this ambitous and sprawling follow up to their commercial break through with Bandwagonesque. Rather than reaching for a bigger, cleaner and more commercial sound in order to continue on the fast track to commercial stardom, they decided to record the album themselves. This of course, was a move that was panned by commercial rock critics, who were more concerned with the identification and prompt dismissal of ''fad'' music, rather than accepting that the noise in the basement had finally risen to the surface. There were no more guitar Gods and a bunch of sloppy looking kids from Scotland (or for that matter Memphis, like Big Star or Seattle for irvana) could make music that defined the plurality of contemporary life and do so on one album. That is, some songs make you happy and you jump up and down, while other songs make you cry for some girl or boy you neverhad the guts to talk to in the first place...With all that now said, and with AllMusicGuide and Rolling Stone Magazine throwing up multiple stars for this album as an epic, if not a game changer from the 1990's, why would we now launch into into an elaborate defense for a band with few creative peers and one of the most consistently great catalogs in contemporary music? Because this album, like so many others which endure from one generation to the next, was a lost gem of sorts in a decade of overly defined musical moments. This wasn't a metal album or a grunge album or a punk rock crossover blah blah blah album... But it does contain some of the finest moments in a seminal catalog, with songs like ''Gene Clark,'' being one of the shining stars of the Teenage Fanclub canon.Originally released in 1993 on Creation Records. Pressed on the finest vinyl available. Never before ava

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This is a very underrated CD and a modern guitar pop masterpiece by a very consistant band.
Andy Groomhan
The best part of seven years on from its release, and the world is still squabbling over whether 'Thirteen' is any good.
Michael Hann
If this was still the day and age of records or cassettes, I would have worn this album out.
Timothy Erk

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Julio Cobas on February 24, 2001
Format: Audio CD
'Thirteen' is a real gem and a very underated album. TFC can't make a bad record, and 'Thirteen' isn't a exception. How can people say that an album that contains songs like 'Hang On', 'The Cabbage', 'Gene Clark', 'Fear of flying', 'Escher', Ret live dead'or 'Song to the cinyc' is a flop? You're blind and you need to listen again. Buy this CD and you'll enjoy this wonderful music with influences from Beatles, Big Star, Byrds and Neil Young. Although 'Bandwagonesque' is their best.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michael Hann on August 25, 2000
Format: Audio CD
The best part of seven years on from its release, and the world is still squabbling over whether 'Thirteen' is any good. I listened to it the other day for the first time in four or five years and was astonished - it's far, far better than I remembered. I'd say it's actually rather better than 'Bandwagonesque', though not in the same realm as the sublime 'Grand Prix'. Perhaps the problem is that while 'Bandwagonesque' was an enormous progression on what had come before, this was an incremental step. But still it repays repeated listening. The sad thing is, the band seem to have disowned it - they have disparaged 'Thirteen' in interviews and it's a long time since I've heard them play anything from it live. For those who've not heard it, it's rockier than Grand Prix - 'Hang On' kicks off with the growling riff from T-Rex's '20th Century Boy' before hitting normal Fanclub territory (though it could do without the string coda, arranged by Joe McAlinden of Superstar). In fact, the album sounds like a band at a cusp: do they continue being drunken Indie darlings, or do they knuckle down and apply their collective talents? History tells us they took the latter course, and this was their last drunken fling. But if only we could all have drunken flings that produce music as good as this. Don't expect consistent perfection: there are glitches on this record. But there are also the moments of gorgeousness we've come to expect. And for seven bucks you can't really go wrong.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By L. Meng on September 23, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I have the fortune (or misfortune) to have discovered TFC only recently. After spending weeks listening continously to tracks of all TFC albums days and nights, I conclude 13 is the best. BTW I am 55 years old and have been listneing to pop, rock etc since 1960.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John on September 6, 2004
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Teenage Fanclub's musical ablity and emotion is showed at its best on this album. The album is nothing short of amazing. It's not quite pop though, so if you are expecting another album of similar style to their others you might be surprised. It's a far less happy and far more difficult album. The lyrics are simple but they become better with each listen.

Despite the fact it is called Thirteen and may feel teenage at first, it is the most grown up music the group has written. It goes far beyond pop and is quite an interesting listen. I would prefer this album to many newer bands like Coldplay, Jet, The White Stripes, The Strokes, etc. because the quality of the music is not even comparable. Teenage Fanclub deserves a place in music history well before any of these bands. Buy the album and enjoy it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 28, 1999
Format: Audio CD
The notion that *Bandwagonesque* represents some never-again-to-be-achieved acme of Teenage Fanclub's career seems to have passed straight through myth-status to have become something like a natural law. This is unfortunate. And, as in all such irrational situations--Matthew Sweet's *Girlfriend* & *Altered Beast* is a parallel case--the follow-up album's reputation suffers most conspicuously. *Thirteen* is an excellent album--better, in many ways (production, songwriting consistency), than its immediate predecessor. It has no one song anywhere near as great as "Acoholiday," but 99% of bands go entire careers without writing anything so sublime. Lost in the brilliant glare of that song and a couple of others is that fact that T. F.'s second album is a spotty, somewhat sonically-botched affair. Think of *Thirteen* as an aggressive, anglo-Beach Boys album, with no obvious lapses and nothing as reverent of its inspiration as *Bandwagonesque*'s "December" is of Big Star. Don't believe the anti-hype--buy it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 21, 1999
Format: Audio CD
For those who say this album is bad, I feel sorry for you. Obviously, anybody who has negative things to say regarding this album has sadly bought into all the undeserved "Teenage Fanclub's disappointing follow up..." hype that surrounded it's release. This may not be TFC's strongest effort but it is still an amazing record. I've been listening to it on a regular basis since it was released and have never understood why anyone didn't like it (especially those of you who are supposed fans). This a brilliant album. It may not contain a "Sparky's Dream" or an "Alcoholiday" but, as a whole album, it is much better than what almost any band has done or could do (including Teenage Fanclub). Possibly, the reason some don't like this record is because of their high expectations after "Bandwagonesque." But hey, Orson Welles only made one "Citizen Kane." Have another listen...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Erk on March 30, 2004
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If this was still the day and age of records or cassettes, I would have worn this album out. I've listened to it completely through a few hundred times over the last 7 or so years, and I'm still not tired of it. It's that good! Get it.
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