13 - Blur
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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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  1. Positive: 13 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Blur have finally found a sound to match their name.
  2. Methodical, often sprawling and sonically messy, 13 isn't a charmer, but it is awfully seductive.
  3. 13 is the first Blur record that requires multiple listenings for it to really sink in.
  4. If you're a fan of the old Blur material, this disc may not be your thing.
  5. 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.
  6. Their sloppiest, most playful set yet.
  7. Little gems are overwhelmed by sprawling jam tracks that, well, blur into each other.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 20
  2. Negative: 2 out of 20
  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 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 some people criticize this for being a mess, I can't blame them--it is a mess. But a damn beautiful one. Expand
  5. j30
    Dec 7, 2011
    8
    The artistic 13 is blur's most ambitious album to date. Despite 13's flaws, it's hard not to recommend this record when there's so much soul and risk involved. 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, which is very interesting and very successful Expand
  7. PaulT
    Jun 13, 2004
    0
    What a Bore

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