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  • Summary: Damon Albarn's breakup album (he split with his longtime girlfriend, Elastica's Justine Frischmann, prior to recording) was produced by William Orbit and features the singles "Tender" and "Coffee & TV" (although it failed to produce an American hit along the likes of the previous album's "Song 2").
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  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Blur have finally found a sound to match their name.
  2. 13 is the first Blur record that requires multiple listenings for it to really sink in.
  3. With patience, 13 reveals itself as sort of a poor man's OK Computer, only instead of Radiohead's airborne sonic journey through the future, Blur investigates the murk of its inner-city swamps.
  4. A dense, fascinating, idiosyncratic and accomplished art rock album.
  5. A shitty Blur album is still better than a lot of bands' best efforts.
  6. If Blur was a tentative step away from the pop past, 13 is a suicidal leap - the little girls are not coming back after they hear this.
  7. Little gems are overwhelmed by sprawling jam tracks that, well, blur into each other.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 21
  2. Negative: 2 out of 21
  1. Aug 9, 2012
    10
    Brilliant album, I ignored Blur, but heard how good 13 was supposed to be, and it was love at the first listen. One of the most tender albumsBrilliant album, I ignored Blur, but heard how good 13 was supposed to be, and it was love at the first listen. One of the most tender albums I've heard, though Trailer Park is a weak track. Expand
  2. LeonardoF
    Sep 4, 2005
    10
    their best album yet.
  3. PabloL
    Jun 13, 2009
    10
    I'm surprised people didn't rate this higher. I love this album a lot!
  4. BenjaminBunny
    Apr 16, 2004
    8
    In my opinion, much better than the previous self-titled disc in its willingness to experiment with sound textures and song structures. When In my opinion, much better than the previous self-titled disc in its willingness to experiment with sound textures and song structures. When some people criticize this for being a mess, I can't blame them--it is a mess. But a damn beautiful one. Expand
  5. Jan 25, 2015
    8
    Blur and Albarn's resume' consists of quality recordings that forever seek to explore new sounds and genres. Blur have never been afraid toBlur and Albarn's resume' consists of quality recordings that forever seek to explore new sounds and genres. Blur have never been afraid to experiment and appear to have the knack for substance retention instead of self indulgent dissemination. 13 is indeed a part of this continuity, providing a solid album with a number of fresh, energetic, sweet and catchy tunes. A mature, high quality album that will sit comfortably in any aficionado's collection. Expand
  6. Sep 8, 2013
    8
    Is a surprise by Blur, they had another change of direction, from the lo-fi of his predecessor to alternative rock, but in a Baroque style,Is a surprise by Blur, they had another change of direction, from the lo-fi of his predecessor to alternative rock, but in a Baroque style, which is very interesting and very successful Expand
  7. PaulT
    Jun 13, 2004
    0
    What a Bore

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