Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia

  • Record Label: Capitol
  • Release Date: Aug 1, 2000
Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Without a doubt one of the best pop records of the year.
  2. 90
    A stoner's paradise from start to finish. Most pleasurable.
  3. 90
    A real piece of art, with an unmistakably original sound and incisive storytelling.
  4. 80
    A rousing, enjoyable pastiche from start to finish, Thirteen Tales is an awful lot of fun...
  5. They may not always transcend their influences, but even when they don't, they make wallowing in them a helluva lot of fun.
  6. While their previous albums have always had great songs, with this latest set they've managed to place them in the right order, creating a truly impressive journey...
  7. An 800-pound gorilla of winning, eclectic rock 'n' roll.... Thirteen Tales may be the most joyous, instantly likable rock record you'll hear this year.
  8. There isn't the slightest pause between any of the tracks on Thirteen Tales, just one big schmeer of good-rockin' vibes cresting and troughing for the length of this ode to, well, hipness.
  9. A bakers' dozen of their most focused and cohesive songs. Where their earlier albums were eclectic to the point of being scattershot, this release manages to limit the band's style-switching to dreamy, sweeping epics like "Godless" and "Nietzsche"; sussed, sleazy power pop like "Horse Pills" and "Cool Scene"; and country and gospel ventures like "Country Leaver" and "The Gospel."
  10. Alternative Press
    80
    A scattershot bagful of wild rides and demented ditties and an album of maniacal depth and vision. [#146, p.86]
  11. Akin to a perfectly plotted soundtrack to an unplanned psychedelic journey - multi-dimensional and anything you want it to be.
  12. 80
    One of the better albums released this year...
  13. After a while, the whirling atmospherics give way to the Dandys' dorkier tendencies: the jaunty chuggers, Taylor's dissolute mannerisms, the quirky little twists and tricks.
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 28 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Dec 17, 2013
    9
    CLASSIC. Essential modern rock album. Very moody and excellent songs progression. Listen to it as a whole. From the start of Godless to theCLASSIC. Essential modern rock album. Very moody and excellent songs progression. Listen to it as a whole. From the start of Godless to the pop hit Bohemian Like you, Big Indian, Nietzsche, Get Off... a bunch of great songs and a great album. Full Review »
  2. Jul 28, 2011
    9
    This is an absolute pearl. One of the few albums I always listen as one track. With 'Sleep' as my favorite. I haven't heard from them for aThis is an absolute pearl. One of the few albums I always listen as one track. With 'Sleep' as my favorite. I haven't heard from them for a while, but this album is always with me in my car! Full Review »
  3. DanielW.
    May 17, 2008
    10
    Brilliant.