13 Blues for Thirteen Moons - Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band
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  • Summary: The fifth full-length album by the Canadian group features four songs and 12 instrumental introductions.
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  1. Today's politically charged songwriters can drop coy manifestos and clever metaphors all they want--Silver Mt Zion's 13 Blues actually flushes out the psychic, karmic residue of a suicidal civilization just to stomp around in all that apocalyptic plasma.
  2. Silver Mount Zion were already way ahead of many of their contemporaries, but 13 Blues for Thirteen Moons sees them blazing past even further, up and away, to some unexplored, perhaps dangerous, but tremendously exciting new horizons of artistic expression.
  3. 13 Blues… scores 10 in almost every sense, but to award such an accolade would imply this is a record never to be bettered.
  4. Though heavy-handed lyrics and ominous proclamations can be tiresome and often too taxing on the arms of music that bears them, the sheer artistry of SMZ makes the band’s messages endurable.
  5. It's not their best work to date, but it definitely taps into a deep well of both anger and despair.
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    In this Patriot Act climate, where tear-gassing protesters and tazing collegians have become customary security measures, stirring irritation seems only proper. [Winter 2008, p.97]
  7. This doesn't say the labum doesn't have its moments, but when you consider the amount of time and patience it takes to get to tthat point, it's hardly worth the payoff. [Apr 2008, p.153]

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  1. AlanS
    Jun 1, 2008
    10
    This is so beautiful and haunting...Im scared to listen to it alone in the dark...pitchfork have NO idea!
  2. CarlS
    May 29, 2008
    9
    I give it a 9 instead of a 10 because they toned down the strings a little too much, but otherwise I think this album is brilliant and intense, and well worth sitting through 15 minute songs for. Expand