13

Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Blur have finally found a sound to match their name.
  2. Orbit's masterfully sludgy production adds a layer of grime to even the poppiest songs, and his cut-and-paste edits and swooshing studio flourishes create a sense of dizzy late-night anguish throughout.
  3. A dense, fascinating, idiosyncratic and accomplished art rock album.
  4. If you're a fan of the old Blur material, this disc may not be your thing.
  5. 13 is the first Blur record that requires multiple listenings for it to really sink in.
  6. At first listen, it may be hard to figure out whether 13 is some sort of twisted masterpiece or the work of a once-great group losing the plot. Those who stick around to find out will be rewarded.
  7. Methodical, often sprawling and sonically messy, 13 isn't a charmer, but it is awfully seductive.
  8. 13's strange, frustrating combination of expert musicianship and self-indulgence reveals the sound of a band trying to find itself.
  9. 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.
  10. 80
    Despite all this experimentation, Blur still sneaks in perfect pop nuggets such as "Coffee & TV," where cheery harmonies share space with a squealing guitar.
  11. 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.
  12. Their sloppiest, most playful set yet.
  13. A shitty Blur album is still better than a lot of bands' best efforts.
  14. 60
    The best results are in the vein of Low-era Bowie. The duds turn up, surprisingly, in the area that Blur is strongest -- songwriting.
  15. Blur's most inconsistent and infuriating statement thus far. Infuriating, because divested of four solid-gone clunkers '13' could pass muster as the best of Blur.
  16. If there's a downside, it's that 13 may sound more like a sampler of ideas than a single-minded effort.
  17. Little gems are overwhelmed by sprawling jam tracks that, well, blur into each other.
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 66 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. 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 soulThe 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. Full Review »
  2. 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. Full Review »
  3. Sep 20, 2014
    8
    Arguably the band's most consistent and best album. The predecessor to 13, Blur's eponymous 5th album saw the band begin to move away fromArguably the band's most consistent and best album. The predecessor to 13, Blur's eponymous 5th album saw the band begin to move away from their Britpop roots and while it was still unmistakably Blur in parts, the band showed some serious vision and creativity and best of all Albarn began to lose his cockney accent on the songs. 13 shows progress from the good work done on "Blur" and opens with probably my favourite Blur track, the soothing, gospel influenced "Tender". One of the best songs of the 90s hands down and Blur's boldest single to date. The other big singles from this record "Coffee & TV" and "No Distance Left To Run" have Graham Coxon's mark all over them and gives us a glimpse of how good he can be when he's focused. More often than on any other Blur record things seem to come together just right on 13, they get the blend of experimentation and melody bang on and the production fits the record like a glove. Like all Blur albums for me, there are a couple too many average album tracks that prevent it from being a set in stone classic album but it's one worth checking out for sure. One of the better records of the later 90's and one that could convert those who don't think they like Blur. Full Review »