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13 - Blur

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Brit Pop - StudioRecording - 1 CD(s) - Label: Food/Virgin, Food - Distributor: EMI Operations/CEVA Logistics - Released: 15/03/1999 - 724349912922

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ProTheir most innovative album yet

ConsSometimes cross the line between creative and crap

It's hard to believe from hearing the album '13' that only two albums before, Blur were writing songs about living in a house (a very big house) in the country, and were being, seemingly, a pop band completely unashamed of themselves. Then came their eponymous fourth album, which saw Blur take a...

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“13lur its A-OK”

published 24/09/2000

ProSOME really impressive stuff

ConsMaybe a different style was not good for them

So then, Blur!! what a band !! six great albums: Leisure Modern Life Is Rubbish Parklife The Great Escape Blur and now Blur 13, this albums consists of basically 13 songs hence the name, 4 of these songs are pretty well known : Tender Bugman Coffee + TV and No Ditance Left To Run, the rest are a...

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“fantastic errie album”

published 21/11/2000

ProAll amazing start to end.

Consnone

Haunting, upsetting, moving. 13 is a quite amazing album. Produced by William Orbit it is in my view Blurs best album so far. Obviously it is an experimental album which will not please some people that prefer the "Parklife" stuff but even they will enjoy the soft tones of "Tender" and the catchy...

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“Slanted And Enchanted”

published 16/10/2002

ProBlur Go In Search Of Pastures New.

ConsUnfortunately They Hit Upon Foot And Mouth Ocasion...

Much was made of Blur's foray into US alt slackerism. While many viewed it as a contrived attempt to become the British Pavement, it nonetheless pushed Colchester's finest into mainstream American consciousness. This was an achievement that 'Parklife', their biggest selling album, never quite...

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Today I bring you the surprising admission that my favourite Blur album is… not Parklife, Modern Life Is Rubbish, or even the underrated eponymous Blur, but 1999’s moody and introspective 13. Recorded in a pre-millennial, post-Britpop world, 13 is an emotionally raw and musically exhilarating...

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“13 - Lucky For Some”

published 13/12/2000

ProNew and different

ConsSome people don't like 'new and different'

Blur must have known they were tempting fate as they recorded album 6 in Studio 13, in London. What they came up with was the most hotly debated of all their albums. While before the consensus has been pretty clear-cut ('Leisure' = Average, 'Modern Life...', 'Parklife' and 'Blur' = classics, 'The...

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“New blur?”

published 05/09/2000

ProIt's Blur! Coffee & TV

ConsDark, very long

On this, Blur's sixth album we have a continuation of and development of the sound of some of the songs from 5th album Blur. There are still the classic pop moments that we have come to expect from Blur, but I think that they may have learnt from the days of Britpop that you can't always keep...

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13 tracks and 66 minutes long. It includes the singles: 'Tender', 'Coffee and TV', and 'No Distance Left to Run'. You have the choice of the normal album or the Limited Edition Box Set (which isn't really that limited - I think they produced something like 100,000 copies). I have the box set...

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ProHuge contrast between songs

ConsFew weak songs

And today Blur are sporting a lovely prog rock album, with a dazzling gospel choir, sublime death metal and beautiful ballads, all for a price of £10. Well thank God it isn't their cockney/knees up muvva brown outfit from the 'Great Escape' album. Because Blur consistantly change their style in...

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“Just like caramel”

published 07/03/2001

ProGreat new stuff

Consnone

Can Blur keep changing its style yet still keep a familiarity there which makes all fans feel at home? Well this is a fantastic surprise from the last album Blur. A mixture of headbanging tunes, sublime gospel orientated warblings and painful, life-changing heartbreak. Oh, how i can feel Damons...

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“13 - Lucky for some”

published 28/06/2000

ProProgression

How refreshing it is to see a band not afraid to progress. With 13 Blur have well and truly moved away from their Britpop origins and produced a fantastic new and more experimental album. Guitarist, Graham Coxon's is likely to have had a much bigger influence on this album than any other and can...

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“One for the Blur Fans”

published 29/06/2000

ProA Couple of stand out tracks

ConsAn album aimed at the current fan-base

You've got to hand it to Blur. They manage to produce some cracking tracks. Can you imagine what the "Best Of" collection is finally going to be like? You'll think they were modern day musical masters as on each album there are at least two great pop songs! Apart from two songs "13" strikes me as...

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ProGreat individual songs

ConsTracks do not follow on

I suppose the best way to review this is to review each song individually. However, this may not be representing the album well because although the majority of the songs are not that special, some are classics. Tender- Absolutely great song, uplifting, amazing tune and harmony and overall a...

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“Unsure”

published 23/07/2000

Proexperimental

Consa bit inconsistent

"13" is the sixth album that Blur have released and certainly marks a new era for the band who are much more experimental on this album than any of their previous releases. "Tender" and "Coffee and TV" are the obvious single tracks, and (almost) proved themselves in the charts. The other single...

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Excellent

ProGreat Chilling Out Music

ConsPerhaps Album And Songs Not Long Enough

This album is just full of a wide range of songs and is probably Blur's most experimental to date. You've got the serious in Tender, to the Punk in B.L.U.R.E.M.I, to the heavy experimental guitaring on Bugman. Here's the playlist: 1. Tender 2. Bugman 3. Coffee & TV 4. Swamp Song 5. 1992 6. B.L.U...

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Brit Pop - StudioRecording - 1 CD(s) - Label: Food/Virgin, Food - Distributor: EMI Operations/CEVA Logistics - Released: 15/03/1999 - 724349912922

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