15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
A good Blur album. Honestly.,
By A Customer
This review is from: 13 (Audio CD)
With the feeling that indie music has become more commercial than even R&B in recent years, and having as much stomach for previous Blur songs like Country House and Girls and Boys as a feast of live slugs, I was somewhat amazed by being told I was listening to that very same band when stoned and drifting away to Battle and Mellow Song.
Dispensing with the rather obvious Tender and Bugman that give the album an unfairly weak start, from Coffee and TV onwards, 13 embarks on a fantastic array of relaxed guitar melodies, waves of electronica and Damon Albarn's relaxingly mellow voice to create songs that smell vaguely of Radiohead and Alice in Chains influences but have a very strong identity of their own.
I'm withholding the fifth star mainly because of Tender and Bugman, obvious singles to try and lull in the teenyboppera dn mainstream markets, but 13 is certainly not a mainstream album, and well worth checking out.