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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Blur's penitence for Brit-pop continues with the aptly named 13, which deals with star-crossed situations like personal and professional breakups with Damon Albarn's longtime girlfriend, Justine Frischmann of Elastica, and the group's longtime producer, Stephen Street. Building on Blur's un-pop experiments, the group's ambitions to expand their musical and emotional horizons result in a half-baked baker's dozen of songs, featuring some of their most creative peaks and self-indulgent valleys. Albarn has been criticized for lacking depth in his songwriting, but his ballads remain some of Blur's best moments. When Albarn and crew risk some honesty, 13 shines: on "Tender," ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Blur's penitence for Brit-pop continues with the aptly named 13, which deals with star-crossed situations like personal and professional breakups with Damon Albarn's longtime girlfriend, Justine Frischmann of Elastica, and the group's longtime producer, Stephen Street. Building on Blur's un-pop experiments, the group's ambitions to expand their musical and emotional horizons result in a half-baked baker's dozen of songs, featuring some of their most creative peaks and self-indulgent valleys. Albarn has been criticized for lacking depth in his songwriting, but his ballads remain some of Blur's best moments. When Albarn and crew risk some honesty, 13 shines: on "Tender," Albarn is battered and frail, urged by a lush gospel choir to "get through it." His confiding continues on "1992," which alludes to the beginning -- and ending -- of his relationship with Frischmann. On "No Distance Left to Run," one of 13's most moving moments, Albarn addresses post-breakup ambivalence, sighing, "I hope you're with someone who makes you feel safe while you sleep." While these songs reflect Albarn's romantic chaos, "Mellow Song," "Caramel," and "Trimm Trabb" express day-to-day desperation. Musically, the saddest songs on 13 are also the clearest, mixing electronic and acoustic elements in sleek but heartfelt harmony. However, "B.L.U.R.E.M.I." is a by-the-numbers rave-up, and the blustery "Swamp Song" and "Bugman" nick Blur's old punky glam pop style but sound misplaced here. "Trailerpark" veers in yet another direction, a too-trendy trip-hop rip-off that emphasizes the band's musical fog, proving that William Orbit's kitchen-sink production doesn't serve the songs' -- or the band's -- best interests. 13's strange, frustrating combination of expert musicianship and self-indulgence reveals the sound of a band trying to find itself. With some closer editing, this could have been the emotionally deep, sonically wide album Blur yearns to make.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/9/2002
  • Label: EMI Japan
  • EAN: 4988006800540
  • Catalog Number: 680054
  • Sales rank: 253,454

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Tender (7:40)
  2. 2 Bugman (4:47)
  3. 3 Coffee & TV (5:58)
  4. 4 Swamp Song (4:36)
  5. 5 1992 (5:29)
  6. 6 B.L.U.R.E.M.I. (2:52)
  7. 7 Battle (7:43)
  8. 8 Mellow Song (3:56)
  9. 9 Trailer Park (4:26)
  10. 10 Caramel (7:38)
  11. 11 Trimm Trabb (5:37)
  12. 12 No Distance Left To Run (3:27)
  13. 13 Optigan 1 (2:34)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Blur Primary Artist
Damon Albarn Vocals
Graham Coxon Guitar
Alex James Bass
Dave Rowntree Drums
Technical Credits
Blur Producer
William Orbit Producer
Damon Albarn Composer
Graham Coxon Composer
Alex James Composer
Dave Rowntree Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    From the Files of Phantom Critic !

    This album is not bad by any means, but its creativity takes small bits away from Blur's originality heard from "Parklife" and "Blur". This is Blur's most experimental but not their best. Note: Limited edition album out of print. POSITIVES - Parts of songs are divided, making two distinct songs on one track. Definetely cool! NEGATIVES - The average track time is about 5 and a half minutes which means a first time listener may think it tedious. STAND-OUT TRACKS * "Tender", "Coffee & TV", "B.L.U.R.E.M.I", "No Distance Left to Run"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My favorite album

    This is my favorite Blur album and possibly my favorite album by any band. It is VERY great and i never get tired of it. You shouldnt get this if you're looking for an introduction to Blur, though. if thats the case, get "Best Of" or "Blur"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    there's a lot to take in

    listen to this album many, many times before making a judgement...there's definitely some crazy experimental tracks that sometimes come to the verge of annoying, but get past all that and it's wonderfully creative! it's an intense, emotional album that at times shows a naked, exposed soul hiding behind all the sound and instrumentation but eventually it gives itself away. listen carefully and enjoy!

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