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13 : Blur

Blur Audio CD
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1. Tender
2. Bugman
3. Coffee And TV
4. Swamp Song
5. 1992
6. B.L.U.R.E.M.I
7. Battle
8. Mellow Song
9. Trailerpark
10. Caramel
11. Trimm Trabb
12. No Distance Left To Run
13. Optigan I

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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 firemen and Windy Miller). Welcome to yet another new identity for Blur. Gone are the charicatures of bed-and-breakfast owners and bankers, the cockernee knees-ups, football and pubs 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 heartbeak. 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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4.0 out of 5 stars A Long and Winding Road June 14 2004
Format:Audio CD
Length of Play - 67:07
After being coddled and caressed by the equisite opener, Tender (has a beat similar to John Lennon's "Give Peace a Chance"), one would think that "13" would be chock-full of relaxing, mellow, joyous music. That description; however, couldn't be more inaccurate. The bulk of this album is comprised of long, dreary, abrasive, dirge-like numbers. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but at times the downtrodden dissonance is just too much. "Battle" and "Caramel", for instance, are two seemingly endless tracks that carry off into oblivion. On the other hand, downers like "1992", a thrashing ballad that breaks into a Radioheadlike electronic explosion, "Trailerpark", a spooky, noir-sounding tune (think "I'm Just a Killer for your Love"), and "Bugman", a vicious, rocking stomp of a song, are beautifully bleak and stand out as excellent tracks. The highest points of the album though, in my opinion, are found outside of the aforementioned tracks of madness. "Coffee and TV", with its cool, swaggering pace, the morosely delightful "Mellow Song", and the helpless, breathtaking "No Distance Left to Run" are absolutely indispensable tracks. Also, for anyone who enjoys the strange-sounding coda, Optigan 1, check out the album "Spotlight on..." by Optiginally Yours. At times listening to this record can be quite harrowing, but all in all, it is definitely worthwhile music and a must have for Blur fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blur go into Special Edition Orbit Feb. 1 2004
Format:Audio CD
After they'd shed their Britpop image with their self-titled album, Blur felt free to do whatever they wanted with their musical abilities. During this time Damon Albarn broke up with longtime girlfriend Justine Frischmann. Inspired by heartbreak, Blur went into the studio and made 13. In my opinion, this album is light years ahead of anything they had done or will ever do (judging by the dissapointing Think Tank)
It's a difficult first listen, particularly the second half of the disc, but give it your full attention a couple of times with headphones and you'll get into it.
13 contains a variety of styles, just like most other Blur albums. You get gospel on Tender, lo-fi on Bugman, Britpop on Coffee & TV, glam rock with Swamp Song, gloomy krautrock on 1992, punk on BLUREMI, trip hop on Trailerpark and even some sort of silent movie music on Optigan 1.
One song worthy of mention is Battle. Blur take all of Radiohead's Bends and OK Computer production "cliches" and turn them inside out then sling them into outer space. A seven minute track with a trippy beat, a mathmatical sounding keyboard, blaring distortion and mellow vocals. Sounds like it wouldn't work in theory, but it does. And how!
William Orbit produced this, and has done a good job of it. Each of the songs is thick with texture, emotion, experimentation and guitars. Damon sings with his heart on his sleeve, sleep in his eyes and a lump in his throat. Songs like "No Distance Left to Run" are heartbreaking to listen to, and the screaming vocals at the end of "Trimm Trabb" are Damon's angriest to date.
Graham's guitar is the best ever. It's genius. He does conventional, he does wacky, he does angry, he does spooky, he does mellow, he does intimate, he does shaky. It's all on here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blur go into Orbit Jan. 4 2004
Format:Audio CD
After they'd shed their Britpop image with their self-titled album, Blur felt free to do whatever they wanted with their musical abilities. During this time Damon Albarn broke up with longtime girlfriend Justine Frischmann. Inspired by heartbreak, Blur went into the studio and made 13. In my opinion, this album is light years ahead of anything they had done or will ever do (judging by the dissapointing Think Tank)
It's a difficult first listen, particularly the second half of the disc, but give it your full attention a couple of times with headphones and you'll get into it.
13 contains a variety of styles, just like most other Blur albums. You get gospel on Tender, lo-fi on Bugman, Britpop on Coffee & TV, glam rock with Swamp Song, gloomy krautrock on 1992, punk on BLUREMI, trip hop on Trailerpark and even some sort of silent movie music on Optigan 1.
One song worthy of mention is Battle. Blur take all of Radiohead's Bends and OK Computer production "cliches" and turn them inside out then sling them into outer space. A seven minute track with a trippy beat, a mathmatical sounding keyboard, blaring distortion and mellow vocals. Sounds like it wouldn't work in theory, but it does. And how!
William Orbit produced this, and has done a good job of it. Each of the songs is thick with texture, emotion, experimentation and guitars. Damon sings with his heart on his sleeve, sleep in his eyes and a lump in his throat. Songs like "No Distance Left to Run" are heartbreaking to listen to, and the screaming vocals at the end of "Trimm Trabb" are Damon's angriest to date.
Graham's guitar is the best ever. It's genius. He does conventional, he does wacky, he does angry, he does spooky, he does mellow, he does intimate, he does shaky. It's all on here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A bleak yet beautiful album written during Damon's...
...heart-wrenching break-up with his girlfriend of 8 years, Elastica's Justine Frishmann. 13 is a dark record, produced by William Orbit. Read more
Published on June 13 2004 by Sakos
5.0 out of 5 stars On my top 10
This is one of my favorite records. By FAR the best Blur record if you're trying to decide which one to get.
Published on Jan. 29 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Come on, come on, get through it.
Blur's sixth album, 13, is a mess. Aimless, often tuneless, and sprawling at nearly 70 minutes, with random bursts of white noise and songs that fizzle out and then return again so... Read more
Published on Dec 9 2003 by Xiao
3.0 out of 5 stars A Little Too Tender of An Album
They're the group of blokes from Britain that brought out their erie pop brit rock sounds to life with tracks like "Parklife" "Boys & Girls"... Read more
Published on Nov. 11 2003 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Space Is The Place...
Where their self-titled 1997 release found them inhabiting a more lo-fi neighborhood, on 13, Blur joins forces with genius producer William Orbit on a record whose inclusiveness... Read more
Published on Aug. 7 2003 by funktion
5.0 out of 5 stars Evocative
It seemed around this time most bands were falling apart in one way or another, and in the process were making some effing brilliant records. Read more
Published on Feb. 25 2003 by Michael Kluge
4.0 out of 5 stars 13 twists, bends, warps, and is just plain stunning
With each subsequent album, Blur was getting more and more weird. Parklife found Blur's quirky sound in perfect balance with Damon Albarn's confused-boy-meets-world vocal... Read more
Published on Feb. 18 2003 by J. GARRATT
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic
I had the rest of Blur's albums, but the samples on AMZN kept me from picking this one up. It really sounded horrible. Read more
Published on Dec 17 2002 by jvdi
5.0 out of 5 stars Vast improvement over "Blur"
Of their two post-Britpop albums, their self-titled fifth album is looked upon as a near-classic, while this one is seen as a step too far. From this chair, I can't see why. Read more
Published on Dec 10 2002
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, the non-Best Of tracks are bad
Previously owning both Parklife and Best of Blur, I decided to buy 13 as I love the tracks from it on Best of Blur ('Tender', 'No Distance Left To Run', 'Coffee and TV') and... Read more
Published on Nov. 9 2002 by alexliamw
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