13 Songs, 1 Hour 6 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

With 13, Blur took the blueprint of their self-titled fifth album and its mining of U.S. indie-rock and further exploited their rebirth as a loud, nasty band with pop tendencies, while adding a jam-out dimension. Guitarist Graham Coxon asserts his influence with abrasive tonalities that give tunes such as "Bugman," "Trailerpark" and "1992" an urgency unlike the band's more judicious moments. "Tender" expands over nearly eight-minutes of divine inspiration that finds an epic grandeur with singer Damon Albarn offering up his gentlest vocal alongside a gospel-choir like ensemble. Coxon's "Coffee and Tea" assembles a cozy groove. Producer William Orbit moves the group forward with keyboards and drum loops while not getting in the way of their unique chemistry. This is a band in the best sense of the word. Each member adds a distinct personality to the mix, even if it's Albarn's big, sassy mouth that's most obvious. "Mellow Song" offers up a low purr that evolves into a delicate tension.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

With 13, Blur took the blueprint of their self-titled fifth album and its mining of U.S. indie-rock and further exploited their rebirth as a loud, nasty band with pop tendencies, while adding a jam-out dimension. Guitarist Graham Coxon asserts his influence with abrasive tonalities that give tunes such as "Bugman," "Trailerpark" and "1992" an urgency unlike the band's more judicious moments. "Tender" expands over nearly eight-minutes of divine inspiration that finds an epic grandeur with singer Damon Albarn offering up his gentlest vocal alongside a gospel-choir like ensemble. Coxon's "Coffee and Tea" assembles a cozy groove. Producer William Orbit moves the group forward with keyboards and drum loops while not getting in the way of their unique chemistry. This is a band in the best sense of the word. Each member adds a distinct personality to the mix, even if it's Albarn's big, sassy mouth that's most obvious. "Mellow Song" offers up a low purr that evolves into a delicate tension.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

Icons of & truly happy ,

EPICLY PEIC

An epic album by an epic band.

OutScreamer ,

Masterpiece in every sence of the word

Blur once again reinventing their sound. Each song is vastly diffrent from each other but never feel out of place with each other, creating a cohesive album. Higlights include Tender, a candid of hearbreak, Bugman, a beautify messy and frightening rock explosion, Coffee & TV, a catchy pop rock tune with dark undertones of acholism and wicked guitar solos, 1992, a subtle ballad with hints of pop, Trailerpark, a dark expriment that could be the soundrack somebody going insane, and Caramel, an atmospheric cresendo of noise rock and self-loathing.

hotdarninbluurrrrr ,

Absolutely stunning

Don't have time to do a track by track here, but there are definitely some great songs!

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