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4.0 out of 5 stars
A refreshing change of scene, 24 Nov. 2000
'13' shows that Blur, and Damon Albarn in particular, have the ability to write great songs whatever the situation. This album heavily reflects Damon's state after his break-up with Justine Frischmann, and while in the hands of some artists, this might become a dreary exercise in self-flogging, Blur manage to make it seem almost invigorating. While not quite up to the standards set by Parklife and The Great Escape, songs like Trimm-Trabb and Caramel come very close to being classics ("I've got to get better, I'll love you forever"). The diversity and strength of the songs proves that if there's nothing else Blur have learnt over the years, it's how to remain a massive band without compromising their musical urges. Well worth a look.