I (like many I suspect) bought this album after having seen "The Anvil Story" documentary on BBC4, a programme I would recommend as it is like Spinal Tap Meets Real Life but unlike the Spinal Tap film, which I always thought was a bit naff, it is a lot funnier, more entertaining, while being quite a heartwarming tale of perseverance and self-belief. Consequently, I took a leap of faith and bought this album, their thirteenth, hence the title, on the grounds that all the bands hard work and struggle in producing it was deserving of some recognition. That said, while this may not be the best album you will ever hear, it will certainly not be the worst - that dubious distinction goes to Metallica's god awful offering of St Anger which I really wish I'd returned to get my money back. The tracks on this album are reasonably well constructed both musically and lyrically and despite some relatively obvious rock influences, pretty much stand up on their own merits. Unlike St Anger, which I have literally played 3 times since its release almost ten years ago in the vein hope of finding at least one song I could grow to like - sadly to no avail - even if you aren't immediately hooked on all of the offerings on "This is Thirteen" they are definite growers by the 2nd or 3rd hearing, to the point that whenever I play the album I happily play it from start to finish, without skipping through any of the tracks. In short, I like it enough for it to permanently remain in my music collection, whereas St Anger will definitely become a candidate for "Music Magpie". Assuming, that is, I don't hang it on the washing line and destroy it with my air rifle first. At least that way I'll get some listening pleasure from it as it cracks and shatters on the patio.