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8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 58 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 52 out of 58
  2. Negative: 3 out of 58

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  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 soul and risk involved.
  2. 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.
  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 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 opensArguably 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. Expand
  4. 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
  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 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 qualityBlur 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
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79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. A dense, fascinating, idiosyncratic and accomplished art rock album.
  2. Blur have finally found a sound to match their name.
  3. If you're a fan of the old Blur material, this disc may not be your thing.