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  • Audio CD (15 Mar. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00000I8T8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
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Blur - 13 - Cd

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It all begins with a music-box noise, not entirely unlike the beginning of Trumpton (you know, the kids' programme with the curiously named firemen). Welcome to yet another new identity for Blur. Gone are the caricatures of bed-and-breakfast owners and bankers, the cockernee knees-ups, football and pub laddisms. 13 is the starkest, most personal Blur album ever, going further in the direction the previous self-titled album hinted at. Dealing, for the most part, with frontman Damon Albarn's broken relationship with Elastica's Justine Frischmann, it's as if Blur have ripped their heart out and left the bloody mess for all to see. "Tender", with its repetitive cycle of a tune and gorgeous gospel choir, must surely remind you of someone special, while "No Distance Left to Run" is pure, unashamed heartbreak. Relief comes in the form of the sweet, Graham Coxon-penned "Coffee and TV" and "B.L.U.R.E.M.I", which recalls their punkier days. Oh, and "Bugman" appears to have utilised the previously untapped musical properties of a vacuum cleaner. "Country House" this is not. --Emma Johnston

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I've read a couple of reviews for this album and I felt it need some extra input. I've also noticed when people talk about the songs on the album they tend to talk about the singles or the guitar based songs. I dont think they're what this albums about. Dont overlook the albums finest, most experimental tracks. This is not an album for blur fans, this is an album for music fans. I'm certain a lot of people have no idea how good this album is. This is a dark album, an album whos greatest moments are born out of emotional pain. Listen to 1992 and Caramel and tell me there not amazing songs. Thats it...
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The moment that i heard "tender" on the radio i could not wait to hear the album. When I did finally hear it, i was not dissapointed. Following on from the inspirational "Blur", "13" is simply a perfect album. The singles released from it showed the public the many different sides of Damon Alburns song writing abilities. Every song is different from the one before, and William Orbits input is imeadetely obvious. The best song on the album has to be "Trimm Trabb", because I have never before heard such a wonderfully atmosheric song, the whole song has been "composed" exceptionally well, with many different instruments being used. There is not one song that does not tantalise and engulf your ears and mind. "Bugman" is amazing aswell, with Coxon shining in this mind blowing, pumping song. A top quality album.
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After a fantastic 5th album blur found the sound that thay have been looking for for ten years. Opening the album with Tender just works so well i cant think of a better song to start a better album (and if you get the chance listion to the B side all we want it shows alex james at his best). The second song could not be more differnt their hardist song to date Bugman shows how they can play nearly evey tipe of music there is. Then Graham steps up to the lead vocals to do one of the best songs of the album Coffee and TV is proply the only song on 13 that goes back to their eariy days. 1992 is a song i would never of thought to be a blur song and swamp songs sounds like their is still a lot of laughts in Damon's life after the brack up with Justin. But the two songs i like the most are Trimm Trabb and mellow song because i think that this are two songs that show that they are not running out of ideas and will be around for a long, long time.
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The critics mauled it, Mogwai hated it so much that they printed a line of t-shirts that perfectly expressed their disgust, and the loyal fanbase seems to be completely divided. I have no idea why. This is quite possibly my favourite Blur album. Certainly their most accomplished. It has a fixed concept for one thing (Damon's messy breakup) and it's about as experimental as The White Album or Ok Computer. Whilst it doesn't really break any new ground sonically, it's one giant leap for Blur, and in a musical climate where regression seems to be awarded (Oasis, take a bow), one has to admire their efforts.
Like most great albums, every track stands out. However, there are three that hold that extra special place in my heart. Three that I reccommend to newbies as examples of the majesty of latter day Blur. First, the sinister punk metal thrash of Bugman that really pulls the rug from under your feet after the aptly named Tender. It's ferocious and unforgiving, making perfect use of the most stressful sounds imaginable. Quite possibly the best use of a vacuum cleaner in a song ever.
Then the sheer monolithic brilliance of Battle. Essentially, Blur trying their hand at trip hop, the sound brings to mind Portishead or DJ Shadow at their most insightful. With an ominous synth riff, crashing drums and beauitful melodic vocals, it's a gem from start to finish. Graham Coxon's guitar consumes the entire debacle in a glorious wall of sound before releasing the chaos, but by this time it's transformed into a fuzzy organ solo. Genius.
Finally, the frankly insane Caramel. It's weird, it's wonderful, it starts off sounding a lot like Animals era Pink Floyd. A cosmic prog oddyssey that breaks down under the strain of its own majesty. Then turns into a creepy Eraserhead organ suite.
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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.
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