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13 : Blur


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 23 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00000I8T8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record  |  Mini-Disc
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (208 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #48,477 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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4.1 out of 5 stars

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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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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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By Matt Poole on 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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